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Gifts to support the Soil and Water Sciences Department are tax-deductible and are used to enhance teaching, research and extension programs and provide opportunities for students.

Your donation through the University of Florida Foundation can be designated for the Soil and Water Sciences Department by completing the online Soil and Water Sciences, IFAS gift form or can be designated to a specific fellowship, scholarship or program enhancement fund (see descriptions below).

About giving:

  • Your gift is tax deductible
  • You can donate online (see fund descriptions below for donating to specific departmental funds), by mail (UF/IFAS Office of Development, P.O. Box 110170, Gainesville, FL 32611), or by phone (877-351-2377)
  • Checks should be made out to the University of Florida Foundation with "Soil and Water Sciences" in the memo line
  • We accept gifts-in-kind, including equipment, real estate and stocks and securities

For Questions, Contact:

UF/IFAS Office of Development
P.O. Box 110170
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-392-1975

Soil and Water Sciences Gift Funds:

Soil and Water Sciences
Supports departmental needs and program enhancements.

Benjamin L. Skulnick Endowment
Supports graduate fellowships for students in the Soil and Water Sciences Department.

Donald A. Graetz Education Enrichment Fund
Supports a student recognition program named in honor of Dr. D. A. Graetz. Annual merit scholarships and/or awards are given to outstanding students in educational programs in agriculture and environmental quality. In addition to meeting academic excellence, preference will be given to students who demonstrate participation and leadership activities in student clubs and other extracurricular activities related to agriculture and environmental quality.

Frederick B. Smith Scholarship
Supports scholarships in the Soil and Water Sciences Department.

George J. Hochmuth Education Enrichment Endowment
Established in honor of George J. Hochmuth, who retired as professor of Urban and Agricultural Environmental Sciences, this endowment supports undergraduate or graduate students in Soil and Water Sciences or Environmental Management programs.

Oliver S. Polston Memorial Fund
Supports graduate assistantships in the Soil and Water Sciences Department.

UF Soil and Water Sciences Program Enhancement Fund
Support various student activities, awards, travel expenditures, SWS annual research forum and other program related expenses.

UF-WBL Program Enhancement Fund
Supports current and future activities of soil and water sciences faculty and graduate students working in the thrust area of "Wetlands and Aquatic Ecosystems". Funds will be used to invite annually one distinguished named speaker and provide funding for graduate students pursuing cutting-edge research in wetlands/aquatic systems, and travel funds for graduate students to visit nationally recognized labs to learn new techniques.

Victor W. Carlisle Fellowship Fund
Supports fellowship awards to students in the Soil and Water Sciences Department; an outstanding graduate student pursuing a M.S.-thesis or Ph.D. degree with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the Soil and Water Sciences department.

William K. "Bill" Robertson Fellowship Fund
Supports fellowships for graduate students in Soil and Water Sciences; award is granted annually to an outstanding graduate student.