In 1982, The Walter Hayes, Sr., Beulah Buffum Hayes & Walter H. Hayes, Jr. Foundation (referred to 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, 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation originally 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. The foundation made its final round of student grants in the spring of 2023.
To help area families find out about programs and information that may be available for them and their children, we have compiled a comprehensive (but by no means definitive) list of links for academic and arts enrichment in addition to general gifted resources for parents and educators. We hope you will find it to be helpful.
The Hayes Foundation will be closing its doors at the end of 2023. Our final round of grant-making took place in the spring of 2023. It has been an honor to have served the students and organizations of Rutland County for the past 40 years. As part of our closing, we have committed major gifts to two Rutland-County organizations, Rutland Area Robotics (Rutland) and Theater in the Woods (Middletown Springs), which offer high-level arts and STEM programming for county youth.
Lorraine Bargmann Metz, Chair (West Rutland) Jane Krate Duda, Secretary (Wallingford) Edward Hasenohr, Treasurer (Tinmouth) Debra Gardner Baasch (Wallingford)
@2021-2023 The Hayes Foundation | P.O. Box 1257 | Rutland, VT 05701 | 802.417.2170
The Hayes Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, national origin (ancestry), disability, sexual orientation, or any protected class in any of its grantmaking operations.