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Giving to the Department- Big Orange Family Campaign Starts Today! January 22nd, 2024

Why Give! 


The Department of Child and Family Studies is grateful for the continued generosity of its many supporters. This generosity plays a large part in the department’s ability to provide financial support for our students and faculty. Interested parties may contribute to the department’s general enrichment fund or to more specialized funds.


Enrichment Fund

Donate to the Child and Family Studies Enrichment Fund

The Child and Family Studies Enrichment Fund was established for the purpose of supporting faculty and student exploratory research and new instructional initiatives. The funds are distributed by the Child and Family Studies Department Head only when faculty (and students who are working with faculty) submit proposals and budget justification statements that describe the purpose and need for the project and what the outcomes will be if the project is funded. Often, enrichment funds are used as seed money to support new research and teaching initiatives that lead to the preparation of much larger proposals.

Restricted Funds

The Department of Child and Family Studies prepares students for careers in both public and private domains that focus on children, families, and early learning. Students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and professional ethics through undergraduate and graduate coursework, internship opportunities, research projects, and outreach activities.  The Department of Child and Family Studies has specific funds which support particular aspects of its programs.  Restricted gifts may be made to the funds below.

(Pictured: Ms. Porscha Thomas, Child and Family Studies-Teacher Licensure Alum)

Porscha Thomas Scholarship Fund

Ms. Porscha L. Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Human Sciences in 2013 and a Master of Science Degree in Child and Family Studies in 2014. She had a natural ability to obtain the best from her students and boost their confidence to new heights. Her passion for teaching was exemplified throughout her classroom. Ms. Thomas passed away in 2018, but left behind a legacy of goodwill that will always be remembered and cherished by all she touched.

In memory of Ms. Thomas, the Department of Child and Family Studies has created the Porscha L. Thomas Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will support PreK-3 students who have demonstrated the spirit of perseverance in achieving their academic goals.

Pictured: CFS Graduate Students presenting at the Southeastern Symposium on Child and Family Development in Athens, GA

Child and Family Studies Graduate Student Travel Fund

The CFS Graduate Student Travel Fund is used to support graduate students who are presenting research papers at national and international conferences. Very often these funds are supplements with additional funds from the Department, College, and Graduate School.

This fund is used to improve ELC playgrounds and outdoor classroom spaces, which are key components of our program, and provide rich research opportunities.

Early Learning Center Playground Improvement Fund

This fund is used in various ways to enhance the ELC program.

Child Development Enrichment Fund

If you are interested in a contribution to any of the above funds, please click on the hyperlink associated with each fund or make your check payable to the UT foundation. Please indicate the specific fund to which the check should be directed and mail it to the address below:

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Attn: Office of Development
A-304 Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3400

For additional information or questions, please contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Office of Development at (865) 974-3968.