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Giving Priorities

Priority Needs and How You Can Help

Jeff Applegate dreamed of becoming an elementary school teacher, improving the lives of hundreds of children across his career. Instead, in the six years since his early death from cancer, the memorial scholarship endowed by his parents has funded 17 teachers.

Across their careers, these enthusiastic professionals will help thousands of school children learn. And the legacy created by Linda and Tom Applegate in Jeff's memory will fund future teachers forever.

You, too, can make a difference in the lives of students and their faculty mentors in education and human ecology who work to solve the complex problems of living and learning.

These students include Yunhwan Kim, whose scholarship supports his study of homeless youth with Professor Natasha Slesnick, an expert in therapeutic interventions to help these youth reconnect with society.

You can support distinguished faculty like Eric Anderman, who was recently featured on NBC's "Dateline" about how to prevent academic cheating in schools. Or like Martha Belury, who appeared on the "Dr. Oz" show, talking about her research into a dietary fat that helps control our weight.

Please talk to us about your giving interests and priorities. We will help you identify a satisfying gift opportunity that meshes with student and faculty activities in the college.

The Dean’s Fund

In an era of decreasing state support for higher education, the dean must still respond to critical needs of the College of Education and Human Ecology. An unrestricted gift to the Dean's Fund helps to maintain the college's life and health where the need is greatest.

Contributions of all sizes make a meaningful difference.

Our Aspirations

  • Endow a Dean's Chair (to be named for the donor).
  • Support the Dean's Fund each year:
    • To recruit and retain world-class faculty.
    • To promote promising initiatives, which is what launched the Schoenbaum Family Center at Weinland Park and the Higher Education and Student Affairs Internship at Wuhan University in China.
    • To support faculty and students to present their research at high-profile international conferences.
    • To upgrade equipment to benefit faculty, staff, and students.

Read more about how you can make a difference in these priority areas: