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Harold E. Anderson Leaves $800,000 to CWU Teach STEM Program

The Central Washington University Foundation received a $800,000 legacy gift from Harold E. Anderson to honor his beloved wife and CWU alumna, Henrietta. The funds will go to the Henrietta Anderson Endowment Fund, supporting STEM teaching students.

The Henrietta Anderson Endowment Fund, established in 2016 by Harold Anderson, offers financial support to teacher preparation activities at CWU–now including those in the CWU Teach STEM program, as Mrs. Anderson devoted her life to teaching. 

“This generous gift from Mr. Anderson will significantly further the CWU Teach STEM program,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of CWU Foundation. “This, being one of the largest endowments ever gifted to CWU,  is sure to have long-lasting effects for many years to come.”

The CWU Teach STEM program is a national STEM teacher preparation program, with unmatched success in recruiting, training, and retaining excellent STEM educators. The STEM Teaching program is an innovative collaboration between sciences and education that supports students seeking teaching certification in science and mathematics fields. Pathways exist for first/second year students, third year/transfer students, and post-baccalaureates that already have an undergraduate degree. 

Jennifer Dechaine, CWU Teach STEM co-director, said, "We are so excited to be the first and only institution to bring UTeach to Washington state. The STEM pipeline is broken far before college and can't be fixed without more, excellent STEM teachers. CWU Teach provides a solution, and this gift will be a tremendous help." 

Harold and Henrietta met in 1958 and began their life adventure moving many places across the US, finally settling in Quincy, WA, where they actively farmed until 1974. Though they farmed together, Mrs. Anderson’s true passion was teaching, which inspired Mr. Anderson to create an endowment in her name before his passing in 2016.

Harold Anderson wanted to give back to CWU in hopes of creating an opportunity for others to find the same joy in teaching that his wife did, and in doing so, the Anderson legacy is sure to live on.

Media Contact: Robin Burck, University Advancement Communications, 509-963-2846, Robin.Burck@cwu.edu

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