Giving Opportunities

Our Greatest Need - The Dean's Fund

Without contributions at all levels of giving to the Dean's Fund, the School of Education would not have the flexibility to meet its students' needs or to seize opportunities to enrich School and community life. This fund is our most powerful tool to help students in need, advance the School's impact, develop facilities including the transformation of Huntington Hall, establish programs of excellence, support outstanding faculty, and to ensure all its students' successes in the field of Education.

Additional School of Education Funds

The following funds are popular departmental and center areas within the School of Education. Click on the name of any fund for more information and to give to that fund directly. If you would like to support a fund that is not listed here or have any questions or need assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to contact Heather Waters at 315-443-7773 or

Academic Departments

Initiatives, Centers, and Institutes

Board of Visitors Scholarship Fund
Created by the School of Education's Board of Visitors, a group of active alumni, parents and friends; this scholarship provides financial assistance to graduate students enrolled in all programs and studies at the School of Education on the basis of merit and/or need.

Institute on Communication and Inclusion Gift Fund
For almost 20 years, the Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) has been giving a voice and a means to communicate to people with disabilities who may have otherwise been living in silence or isolation by conducting research and promoting support for people with disabilities to communicate in schools and society. Formerly called the Facilitated Communication Institute, our updated name represents a broadened focus, reflecting lines of research, training and public dissemination that focus on school and community inclusion, narratives of disability and ability, and disability rights.

The Legacy Fund for Disability Studies and Human Policy
The Center on Human Policy was created by former Dean Burton Blatt and other faculty members to continue the research and policy-making necessary to uphold the rights for full participation in education and their communities by people with disabilities. A contributions to support the on-going work of this Center and Disability Studies has far reaching impact on the future of public education and society.

Project Transition
Project Transition provides transportation and housing for two members of a student’s family to visit for Family Weekend and graduation when it would otherwise be a financial impossibility. This nationally-recognized program addresses the fact that there is a direct correlation between parental involvement, student success and ultimately the graduation rate of at-risk students. Your gift helps students University-wide, and students with families participating have proven to have excellent success at SU and build a strong affinity for their alma mater. Additional help will allow us to plan to reach families in other regions. 

Commemorative Gifts

To make a commemorative gift in honor and/or memory of a person, simply forward a check or make a contribution online to the School of Education along with the name and address of the person you wish to notify of your gift and the reason. We will send that individual a personalized letter acknowledging your gift.

Any type of gift to the School can be made to celebrate loved ones, friends, faculty and others. Families can make their traditional birthday, anniversary and holiday gifts to each other in this way. Commemorative gifts serve as both a lasting tribute to an individual and very special form of support for the School of Education, for which we are truly appreciative.

If you have questions about making a commemorative gift, please contact Heather Waters at 315-443-7773 or