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Giving to Soil, Water, & Ecosystem Sciences

Gifts to support the Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences are tax-deductible. Your gift will enhance teaching, research, and extension programs and provide more opportunities for students.

Your donation through the University of Florida Foundation can be designated for the Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences by completing the online Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences, IFAS gift form or you can designate it for 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, Water, and Ecosystem 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 Advancement
P.O. Box 110170
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-392-1975

Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences Gift Funds:

Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences
Supports departmental needs and program enhancements.

Agronomy-Soils Club/Florida Foundation Seed Producers Scholarship
Supports six scholarships to Agronomy/Soils Club members; the committee chooses one senior and one junior scholarship based on activity/contribution to club and the Agronomy Department; one junior and one senior based on same in SWES; one senior undergrad with no department restrictions and with club contribution; and one graduate student in Agronomy/Soils with club contribution.

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.

Dyson Tropical Soils Fund
Supports research in tropical soil management at the University of Florida.

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 a 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, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences Program Enhancement Fund
Support various student activities, awards, travel expenditures, SWES 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 an 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, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences; the award is granted annually to an outstanding graduate student.

Woodruff Family Scholarship
Supports one $500 merit-based scholarship (or two at $250) to students with a GPA of 3.5 or better who are enrolled in the 2nd year of the master's program in the Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences. Applications must be made in the fall semester to be considered for the award the following spring.