In 1982, The Walter Hayes, Sr., Beulah Buffum Hayes & Walter H. Hayes, Jr. Foundation (now known simply as "The Hayes Foundation") was organized to provide educational and financial support for bright and motivated children living in Rutland County, Vermont. Walter H. Hayes, Beulah Buffum Hayes, and their son Walter Hayes Jr. were residents of the Rutland area for many years. Mrs. Hayes taught children in several communities and Walter Jr. attended public schools through his graduation from Rutland High School in 1940. The Hayes Foundation is a private state-chartered foundation created for the purpose of carrying out the intentions expressed in the will of Walter Hayes Jr., specifically, to assist in the education of the youth of Rutland County, Vermont, with a special emphasis on assistance to intellectually gifted children.

​Highly able and intellectually motivated children are encouraged to seek rich and challenging learning experiences. THE HAYES FOUNDATION provides a variety of resources for these young people and their families:

• Furnishing information about suitable programs that challenge and nurture intellectual promise
(see our
Resources page for suggestions)

• Offering need-based financial grants to support the learning experiences of children who demonstrate
intellectual promise.

The Hayes Foundation looks forward to hearing from the young people of Rutland County. The Board meets regularly to discuss applications for support. In the years since our founding, the Hayes Foundation has provided hundreds of Rutland County children with challenging and enriching educational experiences and financial support for their learning endeavors.

The Hayes Foundation supports youth through age 18 residing in Rutland County, Vermont, and to non-Rutland-County youth enrolled in Rutland County schools. The Foundation does not discriminate in any of its policies, procedures, or practices on the basis of gender, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, or physical handicap.

Rutland County, Vermont comprises the following cities and towns:
Benson‎ • Brandon‎‎ • Castleton‎‎ • Chittenden‎‎ • Clarendon‎‎ • Danby‎‎ • Fair Haven‎‎ • Hubbardton‎ • Ira‎‎ • Killington‎ • Mendon‎‎ • Middletown Springs‎ • Mount Holly‎ • Mount Tabor‎ • Pawlet‎‎ • Pittsfield‎‎ • Pittsford‎‎ • Poultney‎‎ • Proctor‎‎ • Rutland‎ • ‎Shrewsbury‎‎ • Tinmouth‎ • Wallingford‎‎ • Wells‎‎ • West Haven‎‎ • West Rutland‎


Susan Dodge-May, Chair

Debra Gardner Baasch

Robin Chesnut-Tangerman
Middletown Springs
Jane Krate Duda
Edward Hasenohr
Lorraine Bargmann-Metz
West Rutland
Timothy Vile


P.O.Box  1257 • Rutland, VT 05701 • 802-417-2170