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Giving to the Graduate School

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Support Graduate School programs and initiatives

Your financial commitment helps to enrich our graduate students' education and quality of life ensures they are better prepared academically, professionally, and personally to serve as a force for positive change in our world and 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.

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Dr. Karen P. DePauw

Transformative Graduate Educational Fund

Transformative Graduate Education is changing the face of Virginia Tech and the Graduate School. 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.

Please show your commitment to Transformative Graduate Education by making a gift to the Dr. Karen P. DePauw Transformative Graduate Educational Fund today. 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.”

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Graduate School Advanced Degree Alumni Fund

Your unrestricted gift will provide significant financial flexibility, allowing Dean DePauw to allocate resources 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.

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)


Students & 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

Greg Purdy at Fall 2016 commencement

Working with the Graduate School completely changed my expectations, perspectives, and experiences as a graduate student. As I worked through the Preparing the Future Professoriate certificate, I found myself  challenged in new ways, and these experiences changed my views on entering the academy.  I can honestly say the connections and experiences facilitated by the Graduate School have helped me grow as a colleague, academic, and individual and are a key reason why I have enjoyed my time at Virginia Tech so much.

~ Greg Purdy, Ph.D. '16, Industrial and Systems 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, doctoral student, Independent Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program