Our Donors

Please note: These donor profiles are for informational use only. Scholarships are administered by UMass Amherst staff; please do not attempt to contact donors directly. If you receive a scholarship, you will be able to send the donor(s) a thank you letter through the AcademicWorks system. If you have any questions, please email acadworks@umass.edu.


Aaron Spencer

Aaron Spencer is the Founder, Director and Chairman Emeritus of Uno Restaurant Holdings, the parent company of UNO Chicago Grill pizzerias. Mr. Spencer grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Boston University. In 1966, while a national sales manager for a...

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Alumni and Friends of the International Scholars Program

Alumni and friends of the International Scholars Program contributed to the Lang Global Scholar Award, named in honor of Professor Timothy Lang. Professor Lang was the Director of the International Scholars Program from 2011 – 2017, and was an inspiring teacher and...

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Alumni, colleagues, family, and friends of Dr. Richard J. Clark

The Richard J. Clark Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education was established on behalf of alumni, colleagues, family and friends of Dr. Richard J. Clark as a memorial to honor Dr. Clark in a lasting and meaningful way. Dr. Richard J. Clark dedicated 31 years of...

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Alumni, colleagues, family, and friends of Dr. Sonia Nieto and Dr. Masha Rudman

Dr. Nieto is highly regarded as a leader n the field of multicultural and bilingual education. Her publications are widely used in teacher preparation and in-service courses throughout the country. Dr. Rudman has contributed to school literacy practices that have...

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Angelika Kratzer and Elisabeth Selkirk

Angelika Kratzer and Elisabeth Selkirk were both Professors of Linguistics at UMass Amherst. Angelika is a specialist in Semantics, Lisa’s area is Phonology. They are passionate about their research and their students, and they care deeply about social justice. They...


Annaliese Bischoff

Annaliese Bischoff was an associate professor of landscape architecture who also taught in Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She studied art and German as an undergraduate at Brown University and holds an advanced degree in...

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Attorney Henry L. Barr, '68 and Mrs. Andrea R. Barr, '68

Henry L. Barr was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was admitted to the Massachusetts and Federal District Bar, 1973. He received his B.A. with honors from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1968, and received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1972,...

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BDIC Alumni and Friends

A group of BDIC alumni and friends who are interested in supporting BDIC students interested in entrepreneurship contributed to the BDIC Bright Idea scholarship fund. Salutation Please address your thank you letter to BDIC Alumni and Friends.

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Beta Kappa Phi Alpha Gamma Rho Foundation

The Beta Kappa Phi Fraternity has made a positive impact on the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 100 years. Today, the Beta Kappa Phi-Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship Foundation continues that mission as a registered 501©(3) organization whose goal is to assist...

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Beth McGoldrick, Mary Jenkins, Cecelia Jenkins, and Elizabeth Jenkins

The McGoldrick-Jenkins Scholarship was established by Beth McGoldrick and her daughters Mary M. Jenkins ‘07, Cecelia Jenkins ’09, and Elizabeth Jenkins ’12. It honors Beth’s parents and her daughter’s grandparents, Mary G. and Peter F. McGoldrick. Mr. McGoldrick in...

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Blauer Manufacturing Company

The Blauer Manufacturing Company was established in 1936 and produced uniforms for safety personnel. Since then, Blauer uniforms have been legendary for their top quality construction and use of premium materials that stand up to the rain, wind, cold, and snow....

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Charles Hadley

Mr. Charles D. Hadley is a 1964 graduate of UMass Amherst who majored in Political Science and went on to earn his master’s degree in Political Science from UMass in 1967 and his PhD in 1970. A native of Westfield, MA, Hadley had a long career at the University of...

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Charles J. Hoff

Charles J. Hoff, a 1966 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, College of Management, is a highly successful entrepreneur who credits the education he received at UMass Lowell with helping him attain success in business. He received his bachelor’s degree...

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CHC Alumni, Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff

The community of Commonwealth Honors College’s alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff contributed to the college’s Community Scholarship Fund. Salutation Please address your thank you letter to CHC Community Scholarship Donors.

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Christine McCormick

Jerome C. “Jerry” McCormick was an accomplished teacher and administrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Born April 19, 1921 in Freedom, Wisconsin Jerry’s formal education began in a one­ room country school. During World War II, he entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman,...

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Classmates and Family of David Snyder

The David J. Snyder ’57 Memorial Scholarship was established by the UMass Amherst classmates and friends of alumnus David Snyder. Salutation Please address your thank you letter to the Donors to the David J. Snyder Memorial Scholarship.

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Class of 1977 and Family of Lawrence M. Payne '77

Family and friends of UMass Amherst alumnus Lawrence M. Payne ’77 contributed to a scholarship in his memory. A Newton native, Mr. Payne, who was known as “Lawry,” graduated from UMass Amherst with a BA in political Science. He was also a member of the University...

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Class of 1983 Anonymous Donor

The donor of the ASPIRE CHC Community Scholarship is a 1983 graduate of UMass Amherst.. The ASPIRE Community Scholarship is awarded to a first generation college student with outstanding academic potential and financial need the opportunity to pursue a career in...

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Class of 1998 Anonymous Donor

The CHC Anonymous Community Scholarship was established by a 1998 UMass Amherst graduate who is interested in supporting academically talented students with financial need. Salutation Please address your thank you letter to the CHC Anonymous Community Scholarship Donor.

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Colleagues and Friends of Chancellor John V. Lombardi and Mrs. Cathryn L. Lombardi

Colleagues and friends of UMass Amherst Chancellor John V. Lombardi and his wife, Mrs. Cathryn L. Lombardi contributed to a scholarship in their honor. Lombardi was born into a family of educators in Los Angeles, California in 1942. His father was the president of...


Colleagues and Friends of Dean Priscilla Clarkson in the Commonwealth Honors Program

Colleagues and friends of Dean Priscilla M. Clarkson contributed to a scholarship in her memory. Born Priscilla Massei, she grew up in Worcester as the older of two children. Her late father, Edward, ran his own print shop. At UMass Amherst, she received a...

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Cooke Family

Members of the Cooke family, which consists of several generations of UMass Amherst graduates, established the Cooke Family Fund Scholarship in memory of Robert G. Cooke, a 1925 graduate. Salutation Please address your thank you letter to Cooke Family.

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David and Leigh Weisblat

David Weisblat is a 1975 graduate of UMass Amherst. He and his wife Leigh established the scholarship in honor of his parents, Abe and Jan Weisblat. Abe Weisblat (1919 – 1998) was an agricultural economist who emphasized networking and nourishing human capital,...

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David Hansen

Since receiving his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1974, David N. Hansen has appreciated the opportunities that his UMass Amherst education has allowed for him during his career. He is a senior executive with 26 years of experience in business management,...


Diane Bissonnette Moes

Diane E. Bissonnette Moes is a 1974 graduate of UMass Amherst. She established the Andy Moes Scholarship in memory of her late husband, the Boston radio personality, Andy Moes. Andy Moes (1950 – 2001) had a career in Boston radio that spanned three decades. He began...

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DiGiammarino Family

The Frank and Helen DiGiammarino Scholarship Fund was established by members of the DiGiammarino family, many of whom are UMass Alumni, as a way to honor their parents for their commitment to academics and community service. Salutation Please address your thank you...

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Dr. C. Lynn Vendien

Dr. C. Lynn Vendien was an emeritus faculty member at Umass having taught physical education and teacher education for many years. She was the co-author of two books, Physical Education Teacher Education: Guidelines for Sport Pedagogy and Playtime: A World Recreation...

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Dr. Elaine N. Marieb, '85MS, '69PhD

Dr. Elaine Marieb earned her PhD in zoology from UMass Amherst in 1969 and returned to school earning an MS in 1985. Marieb taught anatomy and physiology at Holyoke Community College for 25 years and while teaching, she enrolled in HCC’s Registered Nursing program,...

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Dr. Jeffrey Leiden

The University of Massachusetts Foundation created the Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship in 2013 to assist Boston high school students in their pursuit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) higher education studies at the University of Massachusetts...

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Dr. Jess Kane, '70 and Mrs. Andrea D. Kane, '70

This scholarship was established by James and Andrea Kane. James “Jess” Kane is a founding Partner of Kane, Tesini, Soporowski & Associates, LLP. He’s from Mashpee, Massachusetts and earned degrees from UMass Amherst, BS ’70; Tufts University, DMD ’74 and Tufts...