The Difference Your Gift Made

Whether large or small, each and every gift was seen as a vote of confidence in the unique educational model that sets Champlain College apart from so many other colleges.

The extraordinary generosity demonstrated in Vision | Innovation | Passion will have huge and far-reaching impacts on Champlain: a new state-of-the-art Center for Communication and Creative Media and renovations elsewhere on campus, heightened financial stability to weather demographic changes, a student body strengthened through an increasingly diverse enrollment, and resources for faculty to teach and inspire students in additional innovative ways.

$34 Million

The campaign goal of $25 million was exceeded by $9 million. Here is how the income was distributed:

Vision.Innovation.Passion Campaign Spendings

$100,000 Challenge Grant for Single Parents

The Champlain College Single Parents Program is the recipient of a $100,000 challenge grant from Donna and Remo Pizzagalli. The Pizzagalli's gift was announced at the annual Champlain College Women
Supporting Education for Women benefit in Shelburne this fall.

Nancy Conant Arnell, Donna Pizzagalli, Gina (Pizzagalli) Plunkett '86, and John ConantThe Pizzagallis chose to honor their dear family friend and former Champlain College employee Patricia Conant, who passed away from cancer in February, by matching all contributions to the Single Parents Program this year dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. Their gift also establishes a permanent endowed fund in Conant's honor to support the Single Parents Program in perpetuity.

"We are honored to be able to establish this scholarship in memory of Pat, an incredible woman who gave of herself to all she came in touch with, especially her students," said Donna Pizzagalli.

Remo and Donna, and their two children, Peter '89 and Gina '86, shared many holidays with the Conant family.

Since it began in 1987, the Champlain College Single Parents Program has graduated 580 single parent students. In addition to scholarship support, participants receive personal counseling and support services that help ensure their success.

Conant was a single parent for many years, as her husband passed away prematurely. After graduating from UVM in 1958, she began working for Champlain College, where she worked for 48 years. In the early days, Champlain employees engaged in many different roles-Conant was a teacher, mentor, career counselor, admissions representative. Throughout her career, the role she was most passionate about was recruiting and helping students like those in the Single Parents Program.

"She worked as an advocate for nontraditional students, like single parents. She would assure them that they would find a home at Champlain and would be able to succeed at their studies," says Shelley Richardson, vice president for Advancement. "She facilitated scholarship grants and identified mentors for this special population of students to turn to for support. She cared deeply for her students and felt a special bond with single parent scholars, personally understanding the challenges they faced."

Learn more about how you can support Champlain College

Contact the Champlain College Office of Advancement at (802)383-6620 or to learn how you can support the College through leadership giving, need-based scholarship and program funds, named and memorial funds, and estate planning.

To make a gift in support of the $100,000 Challenge for the Single Parents Program before December 31,2013, please contact Moneer Greenbaum, leadership giving director, at (802)865-5426 or

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