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Opportunities for Giving
Our mission is to acquire, manage and distribute financial resources to support key University initiatives and priorities. To aid the future development of the University we love, we have identified four main areas of focus where your gifts can go a long way.
Across campus, students are actively involved in research projects. What once attracted only science junkies and business development gurus is now embraced by artists, educators and many others. Students from every college, representing 25 academic departments, conducted research this year. They are motivated individuals who embrace an increased workload, often at personal sacrifice. This fund provides stipends to student researchers that help with the cost of materials or supplement living expenses. Graduate schools and employers frequently prefer students who participate in undergraduate research.
Nearly 50 percent of our students are first-generation college students, and many are non-traditional students. Many of them are full-time students and hold full-time jobs. Faculty members have noted that low grades and test scores sometimes reflect students' life circumstances, not their potential. The goal of this endowment is to help a student study more and work less. These students are selected on two faculty members' recommendations that evaluate the "promise" a student holds and the financial need of the student.
Professors light the fire of imagination and challenge the mind. At UW-Whitewater, we are fortunate to attract talented faculty members. Retaining them can be a challenge. College deans have come up with innovative incentives to keep excellent faculty members by providing salary supplements or significant awards for distinction in teaching. These funds are an investment that will resonate in our classrooms.
Whether a student is preparing for life as an elementary school teacher or a financial analyst, technology is rapidly changing. That makes it necessary for UW-Whitewater to offer up-to-date equipment and training. Everything from sound recording equipment to financial trading technology or even an atomic force microscope can greatly enhance the student experience. Not only is the latest equipment expensive, it generally requires costly maintenance. Faced with state cuts in funding, UW-Whitewater has established funds to purchase and support equipment. Technology funding will help our well-trained students be the first choice of future employers and graduate schools.
For more opportunities in giving, please contact a member of our development staff.