Why give to Western? Donors share what they love about WWU
Gifts come to Western Washington University for many reasons and from many supporters. Each week, in celebration of Western Wednesday, we will be providing just a snapshot of some recent gifts and quotes from the donors to answer the question "Why Western?"
A gift to Huxley College History Project from an alumnus:
"My education at Western Washington University gave me the seeds to tackle the greatest challenges of my life. Rarely a day goes by that I don't appreciate what I gained at Western and Huxley College."
A gift to Modern and Classical Language Department from an alumnus:
"I had great teachers at Western and am thankful for their help."
A gift to athletic scholarships from an alumnus and staff member:
"I contribute because I believe in giving back, and WWU has provided me with my education, a career and a lifetime of memories. If I am to ask others to give, I must set an example. ... I believe in WWU, and higher education is the most important part for the future of our world."
A gift to alumni scholarships from a staff member:
"I have grown to love Western, the students and the 'heart' of this community. I want to do my part to make sure that these bright and simply awe-inspiring students have the future they deserve."
And a highlight:
Pat Swenson, a 1941 education graduate and former member of the Alumni Board, recently passed away, and through her estate she made provisions of a gift of $100,000. Half of the funds will establish a scholarship endowment for theatre students, and the other half will be added to an endowment already created to support students with financial need.