Giving to the Neag School of Education

Kimberly Sakmoto student teaching in kindergarten classroom

About the Neag School of Education

The Neag School of Education stands out as a major contributor to instructional and research excellence at the University of Connecticut, one of the nation’s leading public higher education institutions.

With academic departments dedicated to educational leadership, educational psychology, and curriculum and instruction, the Neag School also offers a five-year integrated bachelor’s/master’s program in teacher education and a one-year, post-baccalaureate teacher education program in critical shortage areas.

According to 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings, the Neag School ranks among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation and has two specialty programs ranked in the top 25 nationally: Special Education; and Elementary Teacher Education. Check out the latest Neag School Fast Facts.

Support the Neag School

Learn about, and even give directly online, to the Neag School of Education’s wide variety of funds, each of which is intended to support a specific cause related to the School’s mission.

Jason Irizarry giving a lecture in the Gentry Building.

Dean’s Fund

The Neag School Dean’s Fund benefits faculty and students by advancing teaching, research, and policy development. This fund provides the Dean with flexibility in supporting cutting-edge research and supporting our best and brightest students locally and internationally. Watch a video about the Neag School’s impact.

Denée Jackson, left, and Elena Sada, right.Alumni Board Scholarship Fund

Gifts to the Neag School Alumni Board Endowed Scholarship provide financial support annually to students enrolled in a master’s doctoral, or sixth-year program and who have proven academic excellence or demonstrated financial need. Meet the recipients of the 2020 Neag School Alumni Board Scholarship.

Clewiston Challenger.

Department of Educational Psychology General Support

Donations to to the Neag School of Education Department of Educational Psychology General Support Fund support one of UConn’s most productive academic departments in equipping graduates to become leading researchers and policymakers, and advancing research endeavors that examine such critical issues as trauma prevention, school safety, child health, and students with learning disabilities. Meet Clewiston Challenger, researcher and assistant professor of school counseling in the department.

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Undergraduate Scholarship Fund

Scholarship gifts to the Neag School benefit meritorious students with financial need who have chosen to major in the Integrated Bachelor’s/ Master’s programRead about some of the Neag School’s supporters.

Books to be distributed through summer reading program.Department of Curriculum & Instruction General Support

Gifts to this fund provide support for academic programs, clinical placement, and other initiatives designed to make a positive impact on tomorrow’s public schools, teaching force, and education leaders. Read about a recent initiative by the Reading and Language Arts Center about their support for literacy during the pandemic.

Sue Saunders with student.Dr. Sue Saunders Higher Education & Student Affairs Professional Development Fund

Gifts to this fund provide support for HESA students who participate in professional development activities (e.g., conferences, courses, webinars, presentations, research activities, etc.).

Jesús Cortés-Sanchez ’18 (ED), ’19 MA (Photo credit: Matthew Fried)

Graduate Fellowship Fund

Fellowship gifts to graduate students in the Neag School support the School’s core missions of teaching and research. For students like Jesús Cortés-Sanchez, scholarship support in the form of a graduate assistantship has made his educational journey possible.

Megan Baker, alum and school principal, greets a student.

Department of Educational Leadership General Support

Gifts to this fund provide support for the areas of greatest need within the department. Read a special Wallace Foundation series featuring the Neag School’s UConn Administrator Principal Preparation program.

Students studying abroad in South Africa

Empowering Women Through Global Education Scholarship Fund

This fund provides financial assistance for continuing female students in the Neag School interested in participating in a study abroad experience. Read about the scholarship, launched by Neag School alumna Sandi Hastings ’89 MA, ’94 Ph.D.

Dean’s Board of Advocates Members

  • Crisanne Colgan ’72 (CLAS), ’81 6th Year, ’84 Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth Degnan ’87 (CLAS)
  • James Degnan ’87 (CLAS)
  • Carmen Effron ’72 (ED), ’81 MBA
  • Kathryn Fuller
  • Sandra Hastings ’89 MA, ’94 Ph.D.
  • Julie Wood ’71 (ED), ’72 MA


The Neag School of Education Dean’s Board of Advocates promotes the work of UConn’s Neag School of Education within the state, across the nation, and around the world. The Board advises the Dean, supports organizational events, makes financial contributions, and builds relationships with faculty, students, alumni, and donors.

Meet Our Development OfficerMarcy Jarzabek.

Marcy Jarzabek

Director for Development
Neag School of Education
MJarzabek@foundation.uconn.edu