Give to Your Department or Program

Many SBS departments and programs are building their own endowment funds to support specific needs such as undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty research, lecture series, and research initiatives. If you'd like to give directly to a specific fund, use the links below.

Anthropology
Your unrestricted  support of the department allows the chair to be responsive to unexpected opportunities for such things as emergency support for a student, seed funding for faculty collaborations, funding students to present research at regional and national conferences or creating partnerships with organizations who sponsor UMass internships for students.

Communication
The Department of Communication has a new initiative, the Communication Endowment for Innovation, Technology, and Training. Proceeds from this effort will give students access to new technology and equipment as it becomes available. At the same time, faculty will be able to receive training in the latest teaching methodology in existing and emerging communication fields. You may also give to the unrestricted fund for the department, enabling the department chair to allocate your gift where it would make the most impact.

Economics
The Department of Economics has two special opportunities for giving. The Economics Department Opportunity Fund, which allows the department chair to target the specific needs of the department in areas of student scholarship, undergraduate advising, study abroad, internships, research and graduate support. This fund is central to the department’s success and in its continued ability to meet its mission at the highest level. The second is the Economics Alumni Challenge Grant, challenge grant established by the department’s alumni board to encourage other alums to invest in the department and to provide for undergraduate scholarship opportunities.

Journalism
All funds donated to our the Journalism Fund directly benefit students through scholarships, clubs, and guest speakers. You can also donate directly to The Ziff Fund for Student Innovation, The Lawrence Dana Pinkham Memorial Scholarship, The Journalism Technology Fund, or The Megan S. Daley Scholarship. Learn more about these specific giving opportunities.

Labor Studies
Labor Studies is part of the Labor Center and the Department of Sociology. Your support of the department allows the chair to be responsive to unexpected opportunities for such things as emergency support for a student, seed funding for faculty collaborations, funding students to present research at regional and national conferences or creating partnerships with organizations who sponsor UMass internships for students.

Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
LARP has a special fund, the The Frank A. Waugh Alumni Scholarship Fund, which was created to provide ongoing support for the next generation of LARP students. It will provide support for students that can be used for tuition and fee expenses, travel to academic and professional conferences or to provide necessary technology to enhance student experiences.  You may also give to the unrestricted fund for the department, enabling the department chair to allocate your gift where it would make the most impact.

Legal Studies
Your unrestricted  support of the department allows the chair to be responsive to unexpected opportunities for such things as emergency support for a student, seed funding for faculty collaborations, funding students to present research at regional and national conferences or creating partnerships with organizations who sponsor UMass internships for students.

Political Science
In addition to giving an unrestricted gift to the Political Science department which allows the chair to allocate your gift where it is most needed, you may also give directly to on of the following funds. For these, please go to the giving page and search for your fund of choice:

  • Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism: An endowment in honor of Professor Emeritus Dean Alfange.  This Series brings prominent jurists, scholars and commentators to UMass Amherst.
  • The Luther A. Allen Fund: An endowment in memory of the late Professor Luther Allen to support a student with a demonstrated interest in international relations and in particular, the French-speaking countries and provinces that were Professor Allen’s passion.
  • David Booth Scholarship: A fund established in memory of Political Science Professor David. A. Booth to support an incoming (freshman or transfer) minority student from an urban area.
  • Daniel and Mary Feder Scholarship: A fund to support political science students interested in studying American political thought or who wish to conduct research with political science faculty in the areas of American politics or American political thought.
  • Edwin A. Gere Jr. Scholarship: A scholarship established in honor of Political Science Professor Emeritus Ed Gere, an outstanding professor of public administration and state and urban politics and a heroic pilot in WWII and the Berlin Airlift. It recognizes students with academic and professional interests in state and local government and politics.
  • George Goodwin Jr. Scholarship: A scholarship given annually to an academically strong Political Science major who has expressed and demonstrated an interest in a career in public service.
  • David C. Knapp Scholarship: A fund established in honor of retired Professor and former University President David Knapp to support a scholarship for undergraduate Political Science students.
  • Tracey Lee Maker Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship awarded annually to a full-time Political Science major on the basis of, first, demonstrated financial need and, second, outstanding academic achievement.
  • Jerome M. Mileur Internship Fund: A fund established in honor of Political Science Professor Emeritus Jerry Mileur’s to support undergraduate students majoring in Political Science who pursue internships in Washington, D.C., especially internships with elected officials or political parties.
  • Sheldon E. and Joan S. Smith Scholarship for Public Service: A scholarship fund established to provide assistance to a junior or senior year political science major who is interested in pursuing a career in public service at the federal, state, or local level.
  • UMass Poll: The UMass Poll is a political polling institute which combines cutting edge Internet polling technology with leading expertise in political science. The center conducts exit polls of Massachusetts elections, political polling of Massachusetts residents and issues, and national polling via the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

School of Public Policy
Your unrestricted donation will contribute to the development of the research and teaching capacity of SPP, or you may choose to direct your gift to one of the following funds by searching for them on the giving page:

  • The Challenge for Tomorrow's Leaders: A challenge campaign made possible by Kristen Keel (BS '88, MPA '92), who will match new donations for student support until Dec. 31, 2015. 
  • The George T. Sulzner Endowment Fund: This supports outstanding graduate students pursuing summer internships in organizations where funding is not available.
  • The Philip Hertz Scholarship Endowment Fund: This provides a merit-based award to support talented graduate students with demonstrated financial need and the potential to make outstanding contributions in public policy and management.
  • The SPP​ Scholarship Endowment Fund:  This fund was established in 2013 through individual donations, to endow scholarships for graduate students within CPPA.

Resource Economics
Your unrestricted  support of the department allows the chair to be responsive to unexpected opportunities for such things as emergency support for a student, seed funding for faculty collaborations, funding students to present research at regional and national conferences or creating partnerships with organizations who sponsor UMass internships for students. You may also choose to direct your gift to one of the following funds by searching for them on the giving page:

  • The Carolyn Harper Fund and Fellowship: Established in 1993 following the death of Professor Carolyn Harper, who as a student and teacher had been affiliated with the department for more than a decade.
  • The Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award: This award is endowed through the generosity of Vijay's parents, Anuradha and V.S. (Manny) Bhagavan, in memory of their beloved son. who was both a graduate student and an undergrad at UMass Amherst and was known for his unflagging good humor.
  • The Cleve E. Willis Experimental Economics Laboratory and Endowment: Dedicated in May 2007, the lab on the third floor of historic Stockbridge Hall boasts the latest technology in a space that is as lovely as it is functional. This fund provides for the renewal of the lab’s infrastructure over time to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art facility far into the future.
  • The Consumer and Family Studies Gift Fund

Sociology
Your unrestricted  support of the department allows the chair to be responsive to unexpected opportunities for such things as emergency support for a student, seed funding for faculty collaborations, funding students to present research at regional and national conferences or creating partnerships with organizations who sponsor UMass internships for students. You may also choose to direct your gift to the Meghan K. Beebe Scholarship or to endow the Alice S. and Peter H. Rossi Annual Lecture Series. 

Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Your unrestricted  support of the department allows the chair to be responsive to unexpected opportunities for such things as emergency support for a student, seed funding for faculty collaborations, funding students to present research at regional and national conferences or creating partnerships with organizations who sponsor UMass internships for students. You can also give to the Sara Lennox Scholarship Fun or endow the Gamble Endowment and the Hall Endowment, initiated by major gifts from Jamie Gamble and Hugh Hall respectively.