Virginia Tech® home

Giving to the Graduate School

Photo of the Alumni Hall side of the Graduate Life Center (with the portico and columns) on a summer day with green shrubs and trees and a blue sky with a few clouds

Support Graduate School programs and initiatives

Students are at the center of everything the Graduate School does to realize its mission. Your financial commitment helps to enrich our graduate students' education and quality of life ensures they are better prepared academically, professionally, and personally to  address the complex challenges of both today's society, and the future.

Commitments such as yours have become essential to our ability to take a leadership role in graduate education, research, and outreach.  At Virginia Tech, we are fortunate to have some of the country’s finest graduate students in our student body, and your outstanding commitment to their development is genuinely appreciated.  On behalf of those graduate students who will benefit from your philanthropy, we appreciate your investment in the Graduate School and helping us strengthen graduate education at Virginia Tech for many years to come.

Dr. Karen P. DePauw

Transformative Graduate Educational Fund

Developed by former Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, Karen DePauw, this ambitious initiative pushes the boundaries of traditional disciplinary academic education and works to provide a  diverse, inclusive, and innovative graduate educational experience for students across colleges and campuses.

This fund supports research fellowships and scholarships for students so they can pursue their degrees, and helps cover the cost of workshops, speaker events, and other Graduate School activities supporting students. Giving to this fund ensures the Graduate School can continue to push the boundaries of graduate education and provide opportunities to help students grow and succeed beyond their expectations.

To make an online contribution, click “Give Now,” which takes you to the university's giving page. Select the “Enter your own,” button on the webpage, and then enter “Dr. Karen P. DePauw Transformative Graduate Educational Fund.”

Graduate School Advanced Degree Alumni Fund (also known as the Graduate School Annual Fund)

Your gift to this fund supports fellowships and scholarships for students so they can pursue their degrees, and helps cover the cost of workshops, speaker events, and other such activities assisting and supporting students, and provides emergency assistance to students. Dean Aimee Surprenant allocates resources from this fund where they can make the greatest impact. 

Please show your commitment the Graduate School by making a gift to the Graduate School Advanced Degree Alumni Fund today. To make an online contribution, click “Give Now,” then select “Graduate School Advanced Degree Alumni Fund” from the drop down menu.

Little Hokie Hangout Fund

Gifts to this initiative help graduate students with children pursue their educational and professional goals by enrolling their children in the Graduate School’s own early education program. Ten donations of $50 make it possible for a child to attend the program three mornings a week for an entire semester. Students who have received this assistance say it has made continuing and completing their education possible. To make an online contribution, click “Give Now,” then select “Little Hokie Hangout Fund” from the drop down menu.

Endowed Scholarships

The Graduate School also encourages you to consider endowing a new fund, which bears your name or the name of someone who impacted your life. The perpetual support provided by endowed scholarship funds is critical to helping Virginia Tech meet its financial aid budget. With the Graduate School’s growing commitment to reducing the loan burden upon our students, your gift to help establish an endowed scholarship fund will help us meet the challenge of providing our students with the competitive financial aid that they need to attend Virginia Tech.  

Invest in the next generation of faculty, researchers and professionals. Give today!

For more information, or to discuss ways you can contribute to graduate education, please contact:

Angela Hayes, Associate Vice President for Advancement and Campaign and Sesquicentennial Director (0336)


Alumni talk about the Graduate School

Erin Lavender-Stott talks at a podium at an Order of the Gavel gathering

"In addition to deciding to come to Tech to work with my advisor and my program of Human Development and Family Studies, I wanted to take advantage of all the Preparing the Professoriate offerings. Through Preparing the Professoriate, I have grown as a teacher and in my confidence with continuing my career within higher education."

~ Erin Lavender Stott, Ph.D. 2018, Human Development

Sheldon Masters, Ph.D. '15

"As part of my graduate program at Virginia Tech I had the opportunity to participate in the Global Perspectives Program. Being immersed in different educational cultures as part of the Global Perspectives experience provided me with useful tools, from various educational systems, that can be effectively incorporated into my pedagogical training."

~ Sheldon Masters

2015 Student of the Year, Ph.D. '15, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Martina Svyantek

A major part of my experiences here at Virginia Tech have revolved around my time spent with the Graduate School. So far, I have facilitated sessions for the GTA Workshop; discussed career options and academic integrity in courses with Dean DePauw; developed materials as a Diversity Scholar; presented research at the Graduate Research Symposium; represented my peers as a Delegate in the Graduate Student Assembly; and spoken to state legislators as part of Hokie Day.

~ Martina Svyantek, Ph.D. '21, Independent Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program