You Can Change Lives

We believe education has the power to change lives, and in the School of Education, our core purpose is to change lives through advancing access to life’s opportunities. Our students and faculty have the vision….you have the resources for their mission. Please help us help them change lives through your gifts.

Josh Goodman, Educational Research Methodology Department donor

“I support the ERM Alumni Endowment each year because I want students to have experiences similar to the ones I was fortunate enough to experience when I was in the program. When I think about my time in the School of Education, I know that the opportunities I had were made possible because of the generosity of others. These things don’t just happen – we have to give back, and I encourage all SOE alumni do join me in doing the same.”

Annual Giving

Your annual gifts support the greatest needs of the School of Education or individual departments and programs. To make a gift, click here and search for the area you would like to support. Donors making annual gifts of $1,000 or more become members of the Cook Society.

Tamara and Brian Clarida and family, Clarida Family Collaboration Space in the School of Education

“Our family believes in paying it forward. We were taught to value the importance of giving back by our parents. In a way, we are honoring our family name by staying true to what has been handed down through many generations, giving to causes that make the community a better place to live, work, and play. We received a wonderful education while attending UNCG, which will forever remain a special place for us. When identifying what we want to support, UNCG is always at the top of the list. We believe in the G!”
~Tamara Clarida ’96 and Brian Clarida ’02


Gifts of $15,000 or more can change the lives of students and faculty in a transformative way by providing access to scholarship, financial support, research, experiential education, leadership opportunities, and more. Naming endowments and other funds begin at this level. These gifts may be pledged and fulfilled over a period of years. For information, contact Terri Jackson, Senior Director of Development for the School of Education at 336-256-0496.

For a list of all SOE endowed funds, click here.

The Virginia Donaldson Harmon Endowed Scholarship in Education

When Judy Arnette ’71 retired from a distinguished teaching career in 2013, she instinctively wanted “give back” to the University that gave her so much. Education opened doors Judy had never imagined: professional satisfaction, travel, friendships with other educators, and most importantly, changing the lives of her students. Endowing a scholarship at UNCG in education was a natural thing to do. Judy made the endowment part of her will, and decided to commit enough support each month to award the scholarship in her lifetime. She named scholarship after a beloved high school teacher and mentor, Virginia Donaldson Harmon. Virginia’s daughter, Diana Harmon Jackson ’60, and her husband, Don, joined Judy in making gifts to the Harmon Scholarship.

Planned Gifts

Leave a legacy at the School of Education and change lives for generations to come. Financial or estate gifts allow you to make lasting impact now or after your lifetime while enjoying current financial benefits for yourself and your family. For information, contact Terri Jackson, Senior Director of Development for the School of Education at 336-256-0496.

For a list of all SOE endowed funds, including planned gifts, click here.

Giving News

  • 2017 Dean’s Dinner Date Announced (8/31/2017) - On Monday, November 13,​​ 2017, Dean Randy Penfield will honor scholarship recipients and stakeholders in the UNCG School of Education at the Dean’s Dinner. This annual event will be held in Cone Ballroom, UNCG Elliott University Center.
  • Thank you, John and Judy Talbert! (6/1/2017) - We would like to thank John and Judy Talbert ’61 for their gift of $30,000 to add to the Judy Blackwelder Talbert and Daniel Scott Talbert Teacher Education Scholarship Fund which they established in 1998. This fund supports students who plan to teach with a preference for residents of Cherryville, NC.
  • SOE Store now open! (5/17/2017) - The School of Education is excited to announce the launch of our very own SOE store! After a number of requests for SOE-branded gear, we are now able of offer t-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, and much more to our students, alumni, and friends.  Please visit this link to shop!
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John H. Cook Society

The John H. Cook Society honors donors who contribute generously to the goals and vision of the School of Education at UNCG. As the School of Education’s champions, these dedicated supporters are invested in our core purpose of changing lives by advancing access to life’s opportunities. They recognize the responsibility of shaping the future.

All gifts to the Society will be recognized in the School of Education annual alumni magazine. Based on levels of support, members of the Cook Society will be invited to the annual Dean’s Dinner, receive insider information to SOE community programs, access to faculty, Cook Society only events, and more. For more information, click here.


Terri Jackson

Senior Director of Development


Kim Kaufmann

External Engagement & Outreach Coordinator