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Campus Locations
  • Ripton, Vt.
  • Oxford, England
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
Number of students


Middle or high school teachers

80% of students

Degrees offered
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Letters
  • Literature
  • Literary theory
  • Creative writing
  • Teaching of writing
  • Theatre arts

A Century of Innovation

Since 1920, the Bread Loaf School of English has created an expanding community of learners with a passion for the power of words.

It challenges teachers, transforms their teaching, and inspires them to share their insight and enthusiasm with their own students—millions of them over the past century.

Today Bread Loaf awards more MAs in English and literature than any other residential graduate program, and it is a leader in developing new ways to teach students to write clearly, read deeply, and think critically.

The Centennial Challenge: Imagining the Next 100 Years

Now you can help shape Bread Loaf's second century. Make a gift for financial aid, and generous donors will match your gift 1:1 (up to a combined total of $1 million). The goal is to build support for student scholarships.

Stepping forward as challengers are Bread Loaf dean Emily Bartels, former director Jim Maddox, longtime faculty members Lucy Maddox and Andrea Lunsford, Middlebury trustee Roxanne McCormick Leighton ’67, trustee Ted Truscott ’83, and Kathy O'Connor Truscott ’83.

Why It Matters

Every year, exceptional teachers who would contribute to classrooms and community—at Bread Loaf and beyond—do not enroll because they cannot afford the cost of a Bread Loaf summer. Additional funding for scholarships would enable more teachers to say yes to Bread Loaf and to take what they have learned back to their schools.

How to Qualify for the Challenge Match
  • Make a gift of any size for Bread Loaf scholarships. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.
  • If you prefer, you can spread your gift out over one to five years with a multiyear pledge. Often people find they can make a larger gift and have a greater impact through the multiyear option.
  • You can also participate in the Centennial Challenge by making a life-income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity.

At this historical moment, there could be nothing more important than supporting teachers. They are on the front lines with our young people, building community, integrity, and trust. Bringing teachers to Bread Loaf, regardless of their ability to pay, is the best way I know to empower them and the students they teach—to change the world, one teacher and one student at a time.

—Emily Bartels, Dean of the Bread Loaf School of English and Centennial Challenge donor