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No waiting until 2017 for Room 2323 upgrades— thanks to gift

While top-to-bottom renovations of UF’s Norman Hall aren’t due to begin until spring of 2017, private donations have allowed the College of Education to upgrade three classrooms in its 82-year-old academic home over the past year. The latest makeover is […]

The EduGator110 Challenge. 110 gifts in 10 days. We can do this.

To celebrate the College of Education's 110th birthday, today we call all EduGator alumni and friends to join together to reach 110 gifts in 10 days.

School names corridor after former principal to honor daughter’s gift

Leslie Eggert Scales-Holloway (BAE ’68) was visibly moved as she reflected on her late father’s role as the beloved principal at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School from 1947 to 1952. “He strongly believed in the connection between school and community,” […]

Conroy named as first Zucker Professor in Early Childhood Studies

Maureen Conroy, Ph.D., an early childhood expert and professor in the University of Florida College of Education, has been named the Anita Zucker Professor in Early Childhood Studies. Conroy, who co-directs the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood […]

Alachua couple’s ‘unrestricted’ gift will boost COE’s areas of greatest need

University of Florida alumnus Joe Thigpen and his wife, Rebecca De Marie, of Alachua, Fla., have pledged an estate gift of $200,000 in unrestricted funds that will “advance the ambitious and transformative goals of the UF College of Education,” according […]

T-H-E Journal — Moran foundation approves $1 million grant

T-H-E Journal 11-3-14 Jim Moran Foundation T-H-E Journal ran an article about The Jim Moran Foundation, a philanthropic organization named after an automobile industry billionaire, providing a $1 million grant to support UF’s Early Learning Florida program, a unique online […]

COE awarded $1 million to boost skills of Florida’s early learning educators

GAINESVILLE, FLA. — The Jim Moran Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Florida College of Education to provide access to the latest teaching tools for the state’s 55,000 early learning educators. The funding will boost […]

UF kicks off week-long ‘Get Up and Give’ campaign

It’s that time of year again to Get Up and Give! On Monday, Oct. 13, the University of Florida launched its fourth annual Get Up and Give campaign, a five-day giving campaign that invites the entire Gator community to support UF–all […]

Alumna makes lead gift for $10M early childhood initiative

Anita Zucker, a passionate advocate of early childhood education, will provide a leadership gift of $5 million to bolster a comprehensive initiative at the University of Florida focused on optimizing early childhood development and learning experiences. Zucker’s gift – the […]

SPC honors EduGator alumna-donor Helen Gilbart

St. Petersburg College has honored UF College of Education alumna Helen Gilbart with its 2014 Outstanding Alumna Award. Gilbart graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College (renamed SPC in 2001 when it began offering baccalaureate degree programs) in 1964 with her […]

Act of kindness from UF president’s wife—a half-century ago—spurs couple’s scholarship gift

It was a simple act of kindness by the University of Florida president’s wife in 1956 that helped persuade Jess and Sharon Elliott of Amelia Island to “pay it back” more than a half-century later with a donation creating a […]

Donor-funded iPads helping COE students learn to teach digital curriculum

Today’s schools are under pressure to increase technology access, education and use for their students. UF’s College of Education is helping schools meet these 21st-century goals through a new initiative that prepares pre-service teachers with the resources and skills necessary […]

A different kind of campaign

Mark your calendars for Get Up and Give! On Nov. 7 and 8, the University of Florida will launch its third annual Get Up and Give campaign, a 36-hour online giving campaign that invites the entire Gator community to support […]

Gratitude inspires $2.2M gift to UF supporting teachers’ graduate studies

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gratitude to his high school teachers has inspired a Wisconsin attorney and winter resident of Gainesville to establish a scholarship fund at the University of Florida to help practicing schoolteachers earn graduate degrees. Michael Gengler’s $2.2 million […]


The Gainesville Sun, The Independent Alligator, UF News 9-2-13, 9-4-13 James Patterson scholarship gift A Gainesville Sun blog, The Independent Alligator and UF news published articles about bestselling novelist James Patterson’s $48,000 donation to the College of Education for teacher […]

UF gift from novelist James Patterson creates 8 scholarships in elementary education

It should come as no surprise that James Patterson, one of America’s current top bestselling authors, has a passion for books and reading, and he supports those who do the same. But the plot thickens. Patterson believes one way to […]

Gift honors long College-PKY lab school partnership

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida and its K-12 laboratory school, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, have a long history of collaboration dating back to 1934, and now each will benefit from a $100,000 gift from one of the […]

Memory of brothers killed in car crash lives on with mother’s gift to UF

GAINESVILLE, FL — In August of 2006, UF’s College of Education lost two of its most involved and beloved graduate students, but their memory lives on in a scholarship created by donations from their mother, friends, faculty and fellow students. […]

Couple adds to $2 million gift to make up for losses during recession

 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When former teachers Bill and Robbie Hedges saw their 2005 donation of almost $2 million to the University of Florida’s College of Education drop in value during the global financial crisis in recent years, they feared the […]