In the winter of ’70/’71, five students came together and started to design a dream. Their dream was to build a tree house in an extraordinary tree that they had discovered.  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 Stone, one of the “Tree House Five”,  passed away from a heart attack at the age of 51, his family and classmates started the David S. Stone ‘74 Tree House Fund in his honor, for students to continue to pursue ideas that benefit and inspire others within our community. Learn more about the history of the Tree House Fund here


Up to $2,200 total will be awarded each year 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

Applications should include:

  • A completed Tree House Fund Application.
  • A detailed, proposed budget up to $1,000.
  • A proposed implementation timeline.
  • A list of all offices or individuals who would need to be involved with the implementation of your project.

Application Deadlines

Application materials are reviewed on a rolling deadline and should be sent to Heather Lovejoy (, Director of the Elizabeth Hackett Robinson ’84 Innovation Hub.

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