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Retiree Grants

There are three types of grants that Skidmore retirees may be eligible for - Emeritus Faculty Development Grants through the Dean of Faculty/Vice President of Academic Affairs; Retiree Staff Development Grants; and Retiree Ad Hoc Grants.

Emeritus Faculty Development Grant 

Emeritus faculty development grants are designed to help retired faculty begin new projects, to help faculty enhance existing professional work, or for seed money to finance application for external grants. Applicants must qualify for retiree status according to Human Resources criteria.

2017 Awards

  • Lisa Aronson (Art History), “Visualizing and Reinventing Ijo Histories through Painted Reproductions of J.A.Green’s Photos”
  • Regis Brodie (Art), Exhibitions: The Schact Gallery and Laffer Gallery
  • Marc Wiesman (World Languages), Research and Writing Project on Historical Botany in the French Renaissance, especially regarding agricultural grafting

2016 Awards

  • Gove Effinger (Mathematics): 13th International Conference on Finite Fields
  • Joanne Devine (English),” The Use of Media by the Save the Children Fund 1919-Present”
  • Mary Stange (Religion), Attendance at Annual General Assembly of the International Council on Wildlife Conservation

2015 Awards

  • Lisa Aronson (Art History), "J.A. Green Book Project: Final Stages III"
  • Regis Brodie (Art), "A One-Person Exhibition: 'Art Educator as Artist – The Symbiotic Connection: The Work of Regis Brodie'"

2014 Awards

  • Jeffrey Elgin (Art) for preparation and framing for a solo art exhibition.
  • Linda Simon (English) for scholarship contributing to various publications, including the SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging, Girl Talk, and a volume on the Jazz age.


Retiree Staff Development Grant

Staff retiree development grants are designed to support projects that promote continuing education, benefit the College or retiree’s local community, and/or model creative approaches to life in retirement. Successful applicants are expected to share information about their projects with fellow retirees in on-campus presentations and/or on-line reports.

2019 Awards

  • Ginger Ertz (Tang Teaching Museum), Supporting The MoonCatcher Project's MoonBees
  • Stanley McGaughey (Computer Services), Lunchtime Listening Hour at Caffe Lena

2018 Awards

  • Claire Demarest, (Development /Alumni Affairs), Studying German at the Goethe Institute in Germany

2017 Awards

  • Sharon Arpey (Special Programs), Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension

2016 Awards

  • Ann Henderson (Registrar), Enhancing Community Resources at Hennig Preserve (for Saratoga PLAN)

2015 Awards

  • Betty O’Connor (IT), "Laptops for Literacy Volunteers"
  • Stanley McGaughey receives a grant to fund a "Little Folks" concert at Caffe Lena
    With Skidmore's support Caffe Lena was able to bring a truly unique, free offering to 19 children and 38 adults.Read more here.
  • Jon Ramsey to publish book on business writing
    Former Dean of Studies Jon Ramsey has been modeling active retirement on the west coast, where his teaching at the University of California at Santa Barbara has inspired him to create an innovative textbook on business writing.  His work on the book was partly supported by a Skidmore Staff Retiree Development Grant. Jon describes his work here. 

2014 Awards

The first (ever!) round of retiree staff development grants has been completed and awards have been made to:

  • Judith Atchinson (Dance): to support programs sponsored by Quest for low income children in Schenectady, NY.
  • Leo Geoffrion (IT): to upgrade network and security systems for a non-profit organization, Technology for the Public Good (T4PG) that provides free software assistance to local charities.


Retiree Ad Hoc Grant

In addition to Emeritus Faculty and Retiree Staff Development Grants, limited funds are available to support projects by Skidmore College retirees on an ad hoc basis.  Like the Development Grants, ad hoc awards are intended to promote ongoing professional engagement, advance continuing education, encourage involvement with the College or the retiree’s local community, and/or model other creative approaches to life in retirement.  Unlike the Development Grants, however, ad hoc awards may be applied for and approved at any time.  A retiree seeking funding for a project should consider, first, whether the needs might be met through an Emeritus Faculty or Retiree Staff Development Grant.

Requests for ad hoc funds may be made directly via email to, or referred to RIPG from the offices of the Dean of the Faculty or Human Resources.  There is no set application form.  A letter of request should:

  1. briefly describe the nature of the project;
  2. specify the time period when funds are needed;
  3. outline expenses; and
  4. explain the value of the project to the relevant trade or profession, to the College or retiree’s local community, or to the community of retirees. 

Reviewers appointed by RIPG recommend appropriate response to the request, which is ultimately determined by RIPG.  The grant recipient must submit a final report to RIPG after funds have been expended.