Neag School Launches Student Scholarship Fund to Honor Longtime Colleague

For nearly 20 years, Valerie Pichette served as executive assistant at UConn's Neag School of Education – first with Dean Richard Schwab and later with former Dean Thomas DeFranco – as well as a longtime mentor to innumerable students and friend to many colleagues campus-wide. Pichette passed away on Nov. 15, 2015. In remembrance of her longtime dedication to the University, the Neag School announces the launch of a new endowed scholarship in her name, the Valerie J. Pichette Fund.

Established with the support of her family, friends, colleagues across the Neag School and the larger University, as well as students past and present, this fund honors Pichette's 30 years of service to the state of Connecticut and will offer financial assistance to students enrolled in the Neag School's teacher education program.

"This scholarship serves to honor the hard work and steadfast service of Val as much as that of her fellow colleagues across this University," says Dean Schwab. "All of us here at UConn have indeed lost a very dear friend. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity to celebrate her commitment to, and fondness for, our students in this meaningful way."

Pichette began her service with the state of Connecticut in 1985 at the UConn's Office of the Provost. At Quinebaug Valley Community College in Willimantic, Conn., from 1989 to 1997, she served in a number of roles, including as student advisor, adjunct faculty member, and coordinator for special programs. In 1997, with the appointment of Dean Schwab, Pichette then joined the Neag School of Education. She earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1990 from Eastern Connecticut State University and a master's degree in teaching from Sacred Heart University in 1999.

Employees: You can also make a gift by check or through payroll deduction. Please see Kristi Napolitano in the Deans Office for a form. You may also download the form.


If you have questions about making a gift or multi-year pledge, please contact Alison Fernandez at 860-486-4596 or afernandez@foundation.uconn.edu.




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    Val's kindness and generosity were a key part of easing my transition. Her warmth is missed but is an enduring part of the Neag history.
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    Love You Val from, Norm, Brian, Dan and Meg and your Loving grandchildren.
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    In memory of an amazing person, mentor and friend. The Pelletier family
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    I truly enjoyed knowing and working with Valerie on the Dean's Advisory Board and I will miss her...
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    A wonderful friend and consummate professional educator.
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    My dear friend, Valerie Pichette, and I shared fond memories and stories of our lives on Federal Hill (Atwells Avenue, Providence, RI).
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    Valerie was a woman of substance her whole life, since I met her in the school yard at ten years old.
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    Valerie was "larger than life"! May her love of life and education live on through her students.