Many alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Johnson State College have expressed their caring by establishing endowments, thus establishing a permanent fund which provides interest each year to support student scholarships, programs, and overall excellence in education. Donations are made through direct gifts, charitable gift annuities, or bequests. The college expresses its great gratitude for these gifts, which will go on into the future as permanent endowments, providing on-going funds to benefit students and programs. Learn how to establish a named endowment or to leave a legacy gift to JSC.
Roger H. Allen Memorial Math Scholarship Endowment
Professor Irene Amilhat Allen, Class of 1958, donated this endowment in memory of her husband; Dr. Allen was on the education faculty at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan for 36 years. This scholarship goes to a student majoring in mathematics.
Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established through donations, memorial gifts, and bequests. The Alumni Association awards scholarships to top students with strong academic records, records of community and college leadership and service, and financial need. Read more
Donald and Susan Collins Scholarship Endowment
Donald E. Collins ’64 and Susan (Lancaster) Collins ’70 are outstanding Vermont citizens with long careers in education. This scholarship is for a full-time student during his/her teaching semester, preferably a graduate of CCV, who is a Vermonter and shows much promise and dedication to teaching. Read more
Dr. Richard M. Daum Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established by Richard M. Daum, M.D., Class of 1973, a renowned cardiologist who received his M.Sc. from Harvard University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Cornell University Medical College. The scholarship goes to an undergraduate student who is majoring in the sciences.
Martha DePecol Memorial Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established in memory of Martha DePecol (1952-2002), Class of 1977, who was a well-known educator on the cutting edge of incorporating technology into the curriculum. This scholarship goes to an upper-class student who is majoring in the sciences or studying to teach the sciences, and shows promise making a difference in the world.
George Doey Memorial Scholarship Endowment
George Doey was a stonemason who received his JSC degree through EDP at age 59. He left a bequest to fund a scholarship for a Vermont student with financial need who is majoring in studio (preferably) or fine arts.
Bill Doyle Political Science Scholarship Endowment
This endowment comes from donations from and in honor of William Doyle, professor at JSC since 1958 and member of the Vermont Senate since 1969. This scholarship goes to a student majoring in history, government, or politics, with a particular interest in Vermont.
Agnes J. Duffy Endowment for Reading Instruction
The Duffy Endowment for Reading Instruction was founded by JSC Professor Emeritus John J. Duffy, in memory of his mother Agnes J. Duffy. The endowment funds an annual prize awarded to a Johnson State College education major who excels in learning the theory and practice of teaching reading, as selected by the faculty of the Education Department.
Luella Eldridge Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was funded by a Charitable Gift Annuity given by Luella Eldridge, who while not an alumna herself, had many relatives who were. This scholarship goes to an outstanding Vermont student with financial need.
External Degree (EDP) Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was created from EDP alumni donations, to provide scholarships and encouraged to nontraditional, part-time students in the EDP program.
Ellsworth Lecture Endowment
This small endowment provides supplemental funds for the annual Ellsworth Lecture, which is funded by the Robert A. Ellsworth Trust, a private trust established by Professor Robert A. Ellsworth in 1983.
Ellsworth Scholarship Endowment
For undergraduates (above 30 credits, i.e. sophomores and above) majoring in political science or history. Awardees are called Ellsworth Scholars. Selection is based on academic achievement, evidence of leadership and/or community service, and financial need.
Carolyn Bover Graves/Barbara Graves Story/Carol Story Endowment
This endowment was established by Dr. Carol Story (Class of 1969), the third generation of her family to graduate from Johnson. She is a nationally recognized expert in the field of education for gifted and talented children, and taught in the JSC Education Department for 17 years. The Graves/Story Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students in elementary or early childhood education, with a preference for students specializing in gifted and talented education.
Luella and J.H. Griffin Scholarship Endowment
This endowment came by bequest of J.H. Griffin, who taught and coached at JSC in 1969-70. The scholarship goes to the student who writes the best essay on the topic “Why I Came to Johnson State College.”
Robert J. Harris Political Science Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established in memory of Bob Harris, Class of 1976, (1950-1998). Bob had a long career in Vermont politics and served from 1976-1997 in the House of Representatives. The scholarship goes to a political science, government, or history major with strong career goals, a good academic record, and financial need.
Mark and Star Heinrich Scholarship Endowment
This scholarship is endowed by Mark and Starleen (Sweeney) Heinrich, both class of 1969, who live in Kingwood, Texas, where they own and operate real estate and mortgage companies. This scholarship goes to an upper-class female student who is an education major and has financial need.
William J. Kelly Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established to honor William J. Kelly and his lifelong passion for the written word and was added to by donations from his family and friends in his memory. The endowment funds both the William J. Kelly Scholarship in Writing and the Kelly Writing Prize.
This endowment is used to fund the purchase of new books, journals and databases for the Johnson State College Library.
The Sarah E. Lizotte Memorial Endowment
Sarah Lizotte, ‘02, died after a tragic automobile accident in August 2001; this endowment was established through donations in her memory from her family, friends, and classmates. The Sarah Lizotte Memorial HTM Scholarship goes to an outstanding student (or students) studying hospitality and tourism management, who shares Sarah’s interest and career goals.
John Lord Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established by donations from and in honor of John Lord, who was at JSC for 27 years, 21 of which he served as registrar. Scholarships go to an outstanding student with financial need.
Barbara Gorham Maysilles Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established in April 2010, by Barbara Gorham Maysilles, Class of 1945, to fund a scholarship for a full-time Johnson State College student who is in good academic standing and has high financial need.
Professor Emeritus Margaret G. Ottum Environmental Scholarship Endowment
Professor Emeritus Margaret G. Ottum established this endowment in 2005, and left additional funds by bequest; donations in her memory have come to the endowment as well. Professor Ottum taught at Johnson State College for 20 years and pioneered the environmental science-natural resources major. This scholarship goes to an upper-class student majoring in natural resources, environmental science, or environmental education, who shows promise of making a difference in the world.
President’s Endowment for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
This endowment provides interest income which is granted through the President’s Fund for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. This fund (comprised of annual donations plus the endowment interest) was established by President Barbara E. Murphy. The president makes various grants to encourage excellence and gives Presidential Leadership Scholarships, awarded to outstanding students with high academic and leadership achievements.
The Milton J. Rettenberg Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was donated by Mildred Bell of Jeffersonville and named in honor of Milton J. Rettenberg, an acclaimed and popular pianist. This scholarship goes to a full-time student majoring in music, with preference for students studying piano as their primary instrument.
Safford Scholarship Endowment
This endowment, established by an anonymous donor, is named for distinguished Vermont mathematician and astronomer Truman Henry Safford, who was born in Royalton, Vermont in 1836. This scholarship goes to a Vermonter majoring in the study of mathematics.
Stella and Walter Sargent Math Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established by Stella Sargent, who taught math at JSC for many years. Stella (Bialecki) Sargent and her late husband Walter Sargent have been prominent leaders in Lamoille County. The Sargent Math Scholarships go to students who are majoring in mathematics, studying to teach mathematics, or involved in other mathematical studies.
Olin Scott Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was funded by the Olin Scott Trust and provides scholarships to freshman and sophomore men from Vermont (who have graduated from a Vermont high school) with financial need.
Lucette Senesac Endowment for the Studio Arts
This endowment was established by a bequest from Lucette Senesac, Class of 1953, and is used at the discretion of the Studio Arts faculty for scholarships and/or other activities.
The SERVE Endowment
This service learning endowment was established through donations to support the ongoing culture of civic engagement and active citizenship at JSC. Interest from the endowment will be used to promote capacity building for SERVE, with grants for leadership development, trainings and workshops, programming, travel, stipends, and similar needs as determined by the SERVE staff.
Doris U. Spencer Endowment
This endowment came from the bequest of Dr. Doris U. Spencer, a member of the faculty at Johnson State College for thirty years (from 1943 until her death in 1973), Chair of the Education Department, distinguished author and educator, and “teacher of teachers.” Scholarships are awarded to top education majors and also to graduate students.
Jane Stearns Memorial Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established in memory of Jane Stearns by her husband Prescott Stearns. Scholarships are given annually to an outstanding upper-class student who is involved in athletics.
Carrie Hubbard Stewart Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was donated by George Stewart in memory of his mother, Carrie Hubbard Stewart, Class of 1914. The endowment funds scholarships for women who are working their way through college.
Stowe Rotary Endowment
The Stowe Rotary established this endowment to help single parents from Lamoille County attain a college education. The scholarship goes to a Lamoille County student who is a single parent and has an excellent academic record and high financial need.
Albert and Elisabeth Swinchoski Music Scholarship Endowment
This endowed scholarship was created by the late Professor Emeritus Albert Swinchoski and his wife Elisabeth. This scholarship is to encourage the study of traditional orchestral instruments, and goes to a full-time student majoring in music education.
This endowment was established to honor two prominent lawyers from Lamoille County in the mid-twentieth century, Harold C. Sylvester, Esq. (1904-1985) of Eden and Johnson and Benjamin N. Hulburd, Esq. (1898-1964) of Hyde Park, and to stimulate public service. This endowment sponsors the yearly Lamoille Seminars, a public service award, and the Harold Sylvester Scholarship.
Emma K. Thompson and George E. Desmarais Scholarship Endowment
Emma Thompson and George Desmarais, both life-long residents of Lamoille County, established this endowment in December 2008, when Emma retired from JSC after forty years of service. This scholarship will be awarded to a JSC student who is a graduate of a Lamoille County high school, has a good academic record, an interest in community service, and financial need.
Union Bank Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was donated by Union Bank to fund scholarships for students from the Union Bank’s service area, who show great potential in business and civic leadership.
Alice Whiting Scholarship Endowment
This endowment was established by donations from and in honor of Professor Emeritus Alice Whiting, Class of 1956, who had an exceptional career and a tremendous effect on education during her 41 years at JSC. This scholarship is awarded to a Vermont junior or senior majoring in elementary education with a strong academic record and potential for becoming an outstanding elementary teacher.
Julia V. and Ervin L. Willey Endowment
This endowment was donated by Richard E. Willey, ’71, and his wife Rosalind Weiss, in honor of his father and mother, Julia and Ervin Willey, to fund scholarships for deserving students with good academic records and financial need.