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Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.

Read their stories below:

Wheeling Scholarship to Benefit Monkton Students

UVM students from Monkton, Vermont will have the chance to benefit from a scholarship established by Kenneth Wheeling, a retired teacher and former director of the Shelburne Museum.

Catamount Couple

A native of Montpelier, Vermont, Anne graduated from UVM in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in social work and went on to earn her master's in counseling from Bradley University in 1981.

UVM Trailblazer Honors Husband's Memory

Last summer The University of Vermont lost one of its most beloved and celebrated teachers and researchers when Robert W. Detenbeck, emeritus professor of physics, died at age 80.

Feeling the Connection

Dr. William A. Meezan '67 says when he was at UVM back in ‘60s, "first of all, there was no such thing as gay, certainly no safe place on campus, and nobody identified that way."

Her Story

When Paula Oppenheim Cope '75, G'83 took to the podium to accept the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award, she took the opportunity to share what she said was "my story."

Passionate About the Past

"I am a person who loves books," says Joy Fagan '66. And not just any books.

Life Itself

John Dewey, UVM Class of 1879, famously averred, "Education is not preparation for life.

Preserving a Treasure

"This was one of Harold's favorite spots. He loved to come down here," says Anne Brown of her late husband, UVM Class of 1952, known to generations of Vermonters as a true country veterinarian.

Honoring the Land-Grant Tradition

John and Donna Kunkel met and married in Minnesota in 1975 not knowing that a little place called Vermont would play a major role in their lives.

A Fund for the Future Graduate Assistance for Environmental Best Practices

Thomas J. Votta '89 was dedicated to the environment. It was during his high school years that Tom's intellectual curiosity led him to develop his passion for environmental issues.

Not for Self

Dr. Robert and Shirley Johnson arrived in Vermont in 1971 when Robert accepted an appointment as assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery in the College of Medicine.

Of Warm Hands And Giving Twice

Wolfgang and Barbara Mieder have been generous donors to UVM over many years, including a major estate gift during UVM's last comprehensive campaign.

Too Many Interests, Too Little Time

Sarah L. Dopp '68 says since childhood, UVM has always been "the center of my cultural universe." Both of her parents worked for the University for many years.