Supporting Higher Education for Vermonters in Need

“For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.” 




our impact


In an era when postsecondary education is a critical factor in better employment and career success, The Curtis Fund is playing an important role. Our scholarships help Vermonters break the poverty cycle and receive the education and training they need to thrive economically, emotionally, and socially. In a 2012 survey, former grantees who responded were not only grateful for the help they had received, but also most indicated that they would not have been able to go to school without the scholarship. Almost 90% of grantees graduated with a degree, compared with a national rate of only 40 – 65%. Furthermore, 75% reported that the scholarship motivated them to work harder in school.

The impact of The Curtis Fund is reflected in its grantees. Here are a few of their stories.

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Daisy Giroux
Vermont Technical College 17

Daisy has worked hard to create a life she is proud of. Pursuing a career in pediatric dental hygiene has allowed her to live comfortably and make a difference in the lives of the young children she cares for.

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Will Eberle
B.A. Johnson State12 M.A. Norwich University 2019A.A.

Education has been key to Will’s journey, which hasn’t always been an easy one and included homelessness and a career-ending injury. “Please know that the money you donate to the Curtis Fund doesn’t just pay for people in need to go to college. It transforms people’s lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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Amy Lewis
A.S. CCV 13
B.A. Johnson St. 14
M.A. Lyndon St. 17

Amy is a first-generation college student who wanted to show her two children that college was a possibility. A 38-year-old single mother when she started college, she finished her MA with a 4.0 grade point average at age 45 – the same year her daughter received her BA.