Funding Areas

Your gifts to Marlboro help in many ways.

  • Unrestricted (wherever it’s needed most)
  • Enhancing the Student Experience
  • Supporting a Sustainable Campus
  • Graduate School programming
  • Rice-Aron Library acquisitions
  • Windham Community Scholarships, awarded annually to freshmen or sophomores from Vermont who, in the opinion of the faculty, demonstrate exceptional potential for upper-level academic work.

You may also choose to make a gift to these endowed funds:


  • Audrey Alley Gorton Prize, given in memory of Audrey Gorton, Marlboro alumna and member of the faculty for 33 years, to the student who best reflects the Gorton qualities of: passion for reading, an independence of critical judgment, fastidious attention to matters of style, and a gift for intelligent conversation.
  • Buck Turner Prize, awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in the natural sciences, who uses interdisciplinary approaches and who places his or her work in the context of larger questions.
  • Dr. Loren C. Bronson Award for Excellence in Classics, established by the family of Loren Bronson, Class of 1973, to encourage undergraduate work in classics.
  • Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Prize in Writing, established in honor of Ellen's eleven years as college president. The prize commemorates Ellen's devotion to education and the arts, lived out through her career as a leader and a poet
  • The Freshman/Sophomore Essay Prize, given annually for the best essay written for a Marlboro course
  • The Helen W. Clark Prize, awarded by the visual arts faculty for the best Plan of Concentration in the fine arts. 
  • Hilly van Loon Prize Fund, established by the Class of 2000 in honor of Hilly van Loon, Marlboro Class of 1962 and staff member for 23 years, is given to the senior who best reflects Hilly's wisdom, compassion, community involvement, quiet dedication to the spirit of Marlboro College, joy in writing and celebration of life.
  • Jedediah Adam Leland Fels Award, established in 2015 in memory of Jed (Adam) Fels, class of 1992, recognizes a second semester freshman or sophomore who demonstrates a passion for the literary and/or dramatic arts and whose sense of humor and unique, or even provocative, community presence embodies the core values of the college.
  • The Jo'an Noble Sterr Prize for Excellence in the Study of, or Practical Effort to Advance Social or Economic Justice, will be awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated a strong commitment to social and economic justice through their Plan of Concentration and/or civic engagement on the Marlboro campus or at the local, state, national or international level.
  • Robert MacArthur Prize, was established in 1973 in memory of Robert MacArthur, Class of 1951, and recently rededicated to Robert and also to John and to John and Robert's parents, John and Olive MacArthur, who founded the science program at Marlboro College. The contest for the prize is in the form of a question or challenge offered to the entire student community.
  • Robert E. Engel Prize, established in 2011 in honor of Bob Engel, Marlboro faculty member for 36 years, is awarded to a student who demonstrates Bob's passion for the natural world and his keen powers of observation and inquiry as a natural historian.
  • Roland W. Boyden Prize, is given by the humanities faculty to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the humanities. Roland Boyden was a founding faculty member of the College, acting president, Dean, and Trustee. 
  • Rebecca Willow Prize, established in 2008 in memory of Rebecca Willow, Class of 1995, is awarded to a student whose presence brings personal integrity and kindness to the community and who unites an interest in human history and culture with a passion for the natural world.
  • Ryan Larsen Memorial Prize, was established in 2006 in memory of Ryan Jeffrey Larson, who felt transformed by the opportunities to learn and grow within the embrace of the Marlboro College community. It will be awarded annually to a junior or senior who best reflects Ryan's qualities of philosophical curiosity, creativity, compassion and spiritual inquiry.
  • Sally and Valerio Montanari Theater Prize, is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has made the greatest overall contribution to the pursuit of excellence in theater production.
  • William Davisson Prize, created by the Town Meeting Selectboard and named in honor of Will Davisson who served as a faculty member for 18 years and as a trustee for 22 years, is awarded to one or more students for extraordinary contributions to the Marlboro community.

Scholarships and program support

  • Arthur D Butler Fund, established in 2008 in honor of Arthur D Butler, professor of economics, provost of SUNY/Buffalo, and president of Housing Opportunities Made Equal. Butler grants will provide support to juniors and seniors whose Plans of Concentration include the study of poverty and social policy. 
  • Baber Visiting Artists Fund
  • Christopher Boeth Scholarships, given to a juniors or seniors whose Plans of Concentration are in the field of literature or writing, and who have demonstrated a gift for and an appreciation of the usage of language.
  • George I. Alden Trust, supports two scholarships given annually, one to an older student who has returned to school and the other to a student who shows promise of excellence in the natural sciences.
  • The Hiro Watanabe Scholarship, will be awarded to a Junior or Senior whose Plan of Concentration demonstrates a passion for the Visual Arts.
  • Jean Crosby Markham Scholarship is given to a junior or senior who best exemplifies the grit and determination needed to complete his or her education.
  • Jerome I. Aron Fund was established by Marlboro College in memory of longtime Marlboro friend and trustee Jerry Aron. The Aron Fund celebrates the close collaboration between Marlboro students and faculty by supporting research, fieldwork and/or the acquisition of materials needed to complete a Plan of Concentration.
  • John Kenneth Galbraith Student Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who shows the promise of excellence in the fields of literature, economics or social policy.
  • Josie Avery Memorial Book Fund, created in memory of Josie Avery '77, provides a stipend to help a first-year student purchase books in support of their Marlboro education.
  • The Lillian Farber Scholarships are given to juniors or seniors whose Plans of Concentration demonstrate a passion for social justice.
  • Lucy DeLaurentis Scholarship is awarded to a student who has overcome personal health challenges to persist in studies at Marlboro College. The scholarship is a memorial to Lucy, a 2010 graduate, who, despite working through hospitalizations to complete her Plan, was a presence and force on the Marlboro campus and considered her time here the best years of her adult life.
  • M. Brenn Green Scholarships are awarded through the generosity of the late trustee, M Brenn Green.
  • Paul & Dorothy Olson Music Room
  • Robert Sheldon Stainton Scholarship is awarded annually to an upper-class student for academic achievement and community service.
  • Thomas Thompson Trust Scholarships are awarded to full-time students, one male and one female, who are Windham County residents. 
  • The Warren R. Sisson Scholarship is awarded annually to an upper-class student for academic achievement and community service
  • Wolf Kahn Scholarship is awarded annually to juniors or seniors who demonstrate talent in the visual arts.
  • Randy Knaggs Expeditionary Learning Fund, established in honor of former Outdoor Program Director Randy Knaggs, provides support for students wishing to participate in experiential learning experiences through the OP.
  • General Endowment

Faculty endowed funds

  • Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in the Visual Arts
  • Lillian Farber Chair in Technology & Liberal Arts
  • Luis C. Batlle Chair in Music
  • Roland W. Boyden Chair in History and Philosophy
  • Walter & Flora Bishop Hendricks Chair in English Literature, Poetry and Creative Writing
  • 60th Anniversary Fund for Inspired Teaching

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