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Your generous support of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies helps the department attract and retain the most talented and promising future leaders, as well as maximize our effectiveness in and influence on educational leadership and leadership education within and beyond the state.

Your tax-deductible contributions to the General Leadership Enrichment Fund or any of the specialized funds below will give our faculty and programs the resources to support for our students and expand our role as the premier leadership department at Tennessee’s flagship institution.

Discover your priority from the options below. Giving is easy — simply click the fund name or corresponding buttons.

ELPS Priorities

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Leadership Enrichment Fund

The Educational Leadership Enrichment Fund was established as a general enrichment fund for the purpose of supporting faculty and student research and travel, instructional initiatives, and other projects related to the overall development of the department. The funds are distributed by the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department head only when faculty (and students who are working with faculty) submit proposals and budget justification statements that describe the purpose, need, and intended for the project.

Give to the Leadership Enrichment Fund

Educational Leadership Minority Scholarship Fund

The Educational Leadership Minority Scholarship was established in 1988 under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Fred Venditti and the Black Advisory Committee with a seed gift and ultimately endowed by contributions of other caring and concerned educators.

The purpose, as stated by Dr. Venditti, “will be to help a black man or woman with outstanding potential to become a school administrator or, if already an administrator, to upgrade himself or herself academically. We are convinced our effort to assist (these men and women) will pay important dividends in the future. Ultimately, they will play a key role in determining the emphasis given to academic achievement, building bridges between the school and the community and inspiring black children to aspire to worthy goals in their personal lives and within our society.”

This scholarship is awarded to a minority doctoral student in the Leadership Studies unit (minority is defined broadly) who displays excellence in scholarship, sensitivity to current social problems, and a high degree of leadership potential.

Give to the Ed Leadership Minority Scholarship

Dr. Norma Mertz Endowment Fund

The Norma Mertz Endowment Fund is used to provide support to graduate students in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. This support will include, but is not limited to, graduate student travel, awards, fellowships, teaching assistantships, and other purposes related to the mission of the department.

Give to the Mertz Endowment

College Student Personnel Fund

The College Student Personnel Fund was established to support students, co-curricular initiatives, and alumni engagement.  Funds are used to support student travel, alumni receptions, academic initiatives, student recruitment, and the Norma T. Mertz Outstanding CSP Student Award.

Give to the CSP Fund

Giving is Easy

To contribute to the ELPS General Enrichment Fund, or to support a specific fund or priority outlined here, simply click the hyperlink associated with each fund or make your check payable to the UT Foundation that indicates the specific fund to which the check should be directed.

Make your impact via one of the methods below:

  • Use your credit card to make a gift online by simply clicking the hyperlink associated with each fund. Our secure website encrypts all your personal information so that it cannot be read over the Internet.
  • Send a check or money order made payable to The University of Tennessee, Knoxville along with a letter designating the fund to which you would like to direct your gift. Checks may be mailed to the address below:
    • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
    • Attn: Office of Development
    • 325 Claxton Complex
    • 1122 Volunteer Boulevard
    • Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3400

For additional information or questions, contact Director of Advancement the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Office of Development at 865.974.3968.


Randy Atkins, Director of Advancement
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
325 Claxton Complex
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3430
Phone: 865.974.3968
Fax: 865.974.6146