David S. Stone '74 Tree House Fund

With the hope of uniting the campus and the Middlebury town community, David Stone '74 applied for funding from Dean Erica Wonnacott to build a tree house for college students and children to enjoy together. The two-story tree house constructed on the golf course soon became a landmark for the Middlebury community, both on campus and in town. When David passed away from a heart attack at the age of 51, his classmates started the Tree House Fund in his honor, for students to continue to pursue ideas that benefit and inspire others within our community.

Up to $2,200 total will be awarded this fall for one or several creative student projects that benefit Middlebury students, the environment, or the community. These awards are intended to fund projects that would not qualify for other existing sources of funding. Projects may not add additional unanticipated cost to the College’s operating budget.

Eligible Applicants

  • All Middlebury undergraduates are eligible to apply as individuals, or in collaboration with other students
  • Middlebury organizations, clubs, teams or groups that are already recognized by the College and receive College funding may not apply

Application Materials

Application Form

Please email completed form to abrockelman@middlebury.edu 

Applications should include:

  • Completed Tree House Fund Application
  • A detailed, proposed budget up to $1,000
  • A proposed implementation timeline. Projects must be fully implemented by Commencement in May, 2020
  • A list of all offices or individuals who would need to be involved with the implementation of your project


Application Deadlines

Application materials are are on a rolling deadline and should be sent to Meron benti '19 (mbenti@middlebury.edu), the Creativity and Innovation Associate at the Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship. 

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