Lisa Yang, second-year student in the Minnesota Grow Your Own Teachers program

Giving matters:
A scholarship recipient with a voice for change

Your gift matters

CEHD's leadership in education, human development, and research depends upon the generosity of alumni and friends. When you invest in education, dividends go to everyone.

Your gifts fund scholarships, diversity initiatives, investment in faculty, and other areas that strengthen our academic mission while ensuring collaboration with community practitioners. Your support makes innovation possible while sustaining CEHD’s ongoing work to improve lives.

Our students benefit from a supportive and challenging environment with special opportunities such as research experiences, study abroad and internships. Our faculty are among the best in the world, conducting field-changing research and engaging all students in learning. Our graduates go on to be leaders and in their careers and in their communities – instilled with a commitment to improving lives for children and families.

Gifts of all amounts have an impact, and you can make a difference with your support.

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In 2020-21, donors supported these priority areas:


Student support

Faculty & staff support


Impact of giving

The legacy of Dean William Gardner

Dean William Gardner
Dean William Gardner

William Earl "Bill" Gardner balanced professionalism with the determination and drive to institute change wherever he found it necessary. Gardner, who died on February 16, 2020 at the age of 91, served as dean of the College of Education from 1977 to 1991. To celebrate his service, Gardner's family established the William E. Gardner Scholarship to support students pursuing careers in teaching, especially first-generation students and students of color. It is a lasting legacy to his commitment to improving teaching and schools and the critical importance of increasing the diversity of teachers and educational leaders.

This is why we give

Bruce and Sharyn Schelske
Bruce and Sharyn Schelske

For four decades, Bruce and Sharyn Schelske worked tirelessly to bring TRIO to where it is today. They were co-directors of Upward Bound from 1978 until 1991, when Bruce became director of TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) and Sharyn took the helm of the McNair Scholars. Although they retired in 2012, they continue to find ways to give back, setting up the Bruce and Sharyn Schelske Fund and a TRIO Director Fund. “Witnessing what students can accomplish when given the opportunity continues to inspire and motivate us to find more support for the programs and never stop working for equal opportunity,” Sharyn says.

We believe that education plus human development
equals virtually limitless possibility.

Giving to departments and centers

CEHD departments and programs have priorities specific to their student body and research areas. If you would like to support a unit within CEHD, please visit our directory to find your area of interest or contact the development team.