Scholarship Initiative Raises
$10.1 Million for F&ES Students

A three-year scholarship initiative led by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) Dean Peter Crane and the School’s Leadership Council has generated more than $10 million in new scholarship support for F&ES students.
These new funds have helped create unprecedented opportunities for F&ES students, said Pamela Kohlberg ’75 B.A., ’77 M.F.S. and Tom McHenry ’77 B.A., ’80 M.F.S., co-chairs of the F&ES Leadership Council.

By the Numbers

  • In F&ES’s first 112 years, 52 endowed scholarships were established; over the past two-plus years, 22 new endowed scholarships were created, an increase of 42 percent.
  • 140 donors contributed to the Scholarship Initiative, including the majority of Leadership Council members, F&ES alumni, Yale alumni, friends with no Yale affiliation, graduating members of the F&ES Class of 2014, corporations, and foundations. 
  • In 2014-2015, more than 75 current students were supported by newly raised funds.
“One of life’s most gratifying experiences is the opportunity to help a bright and dedicated young person pursue training in environmental sciences, and apply her/his subsequent skills to the world’s pressing problems,” Kohlberg said. “Learning about the entrepreneurial approach of current students and the long term contributions by F&ES alumni continues to reinforce the value of scholarship support. As one of our distinguished alumni reflected, education is the portable asset that no one can take away, and will always bear fruit in many different geographies.”

“In three short years, I’m deeply proud that we have been able to significantly increase the scholarship funding available to incoming students,” said McHenry.

Although F&ES has made tremendous progress in providing student support in recent years, the annual gap between overall student need and available scholarship funds still remains high, about $5 million annually. So even with the formal Initiative now over, the School continues to actively seek donations for scholarship support.
Increasing scholarship support is obviously the right thing to do for our students, but it’s also the right thing to do for our School.
— Dean Peter Crane
Any new F&ES scholarship gifts received by June 30, 2016 will count toward Yale President Peter Salovey's “AccessYale” scholarship initiative and Reunion credit. 
“Increasing scholarship support is obviously the right thing to do for our students, but it’s also the right thing to do for our School since it helps us to attract the very best students from around the country and around the world,” said Dean Crane.

“This initiative represents an enormous step in the right direction towards keeping Yale F&ES in the forefront of of training to meet current and future environmental challenges, and we simply could not have done it without the generosity of our friends and alumni.”

In an email message sent to F&ES alumni and friends earlier this month, Kohlberg and McHenry expressed their gratitude to all of those who contributed to the campaign. They also shared a video message from current F&ES students that was first shown at the Leadership Council meeting in April.
“Our appreciation, though heartfelt, cannot adequately represent the gratitude of the students whom you have helped,” Kohlberg and McHenry wrote. 
In addition to adding more scholarship support, F&ES is also actively engaged in new fundraising initiatives including a research campus at Yale-Myers Forest; a food/agriculture program to address a critical gap in the curriculum; recruitment and outreach efforts to boost the diversity of viewpoints at F&ES; and online education innovations.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Tim Northrop or Kristin Floyd in the F&ES Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.
PUBLISHED: July 27, 2015
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.