Student Care & Emergency Response Fund (Coronavirus: COVID-19)
Even though we are all experiencing uncertainty and challenges right now, many alumni have reached out to see how they can help our current students cope with the ripple effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Anyone wishing to support students who may need financial assistance to weather these changes may do so through the Student Care and Emergency Response Fund (SCERF).
Your generosity has created scholarship opportunities, enabled undergraduate research, supported lectures and special programming, and funded academic enrichment and experiences.
At Commonwealth Honors College, we provide students who are passionate about learning with the foundation and stimulus they need to create new knowledge, increase their capacity as innovative and independent thinkers, and deepen their facility to develop solutions to pressing problems.
We couldn’t do this without you! Your giving has made a profound difference for our Honors College students.
No matter what your philanthropic vision or goals are, there’s a meaningful way to give to Commonwealth Honors College. Whether you want to give online, write a check, make a pledge, set up a recurring gift, make a gift of securities, or explore other options for giving through your estate or income producing vehicles, this is the place to learn more about how you can support the mission of Commonwealth Honors College and the lives of current and future Honors College students.
Why I Give
Our donors come from many walks of life and have different reasons for supporting honors. Read the stories below to explore the various ways you can support our students.
When you build an endowment, you make a difference in perpetuity. To create an endowment, you make a gift which is held as principal by the University of Massachusetts Foundation. A portion of the interest is spent each year for the purpose you have designated. Foundation policies are designed to increase the value of the endowment so that the actual spending power of your fund grows over time.
You can create and name an endowment to benefit students or academic programs. Endowed funds range from $25,000 to several million dollars, which may be paid over 3-5 years. Endowments are most frequently funded through cash or securities, but can also be established through gifts of property, insurance, retirement assets, or bequest.
Endowed scholarships provide funds every year to be used for Honors College student scholarships. Scholarships may be designed to ensure that deserving students are financially able to attend the university, or they may be designed to encourage and reward outstanding academic performance. Scholarships are applied directly toward students' UMass Amherst bills. Check out the list of endowed scholarships established by generous donors.
Academic program endowment
Endowed funds enable Commonwealth Honors College to enrich our students’ academic experiences by creating new courses and programs and bringing distinguished speakers to campus. The Kathryn & Paul Williamson Lecture Fund, for example, brings extraordinary scholars to campus each year to interact with Honors College students and offer a public lecture.
Endowed faculty funds support the work of outstanding faculty on behalf of Honors College students. The rotating Terrence Murray Professorship, for example, provides funds for distinguished faculty to develop and pilot innovative Honors courses and experiences.
How You Can Make a Gift
Thank you for considering a gift in support of Honors education at UMass Amherst! Explore some options below, or contact Meredith Feltus to discuss how to support students in a way that is meaningful to you.
Make an online gift by credit card. Search “Commonwealth Honors College” and select the fund that you wish to support.
Write a check to UMass Amherst and note Commonwealth Honors College in the memo line. Send it to the address below.
Make a gift of securities.
Learn more about gift planning options, including wills, trusts, real estate, and income-producing gifts.