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Support the CWU College of Business

Philanthropic partnerships create opportunities that will help develop the next generation of Wildcat business leaders. The College of Business relies on donor support to increase our exceptional curriculum, programming, mentoring, scholarship awards, and career development opportunities. With new priorities identified to further our mission each year, we appreciate your ongoing interest, passion, and investment in launching students towards a better future.


The University Advancement team is here to answer any questions about how you can support the College of Business at (509)963-2160 or

Current Funding Priorities

We invite you to help students expand their career readiness and professionalism and grow our programs in excellence by supporting the following initiatives.

Student Success

Student Success giving opportunities include support for the continued development of our Career, Advising, and Tutoring (CAT) Center to better serve and provide student support to enhance retention and graduation rates and student professional engagement opportunities—such as funding for Case competitions, conference travel, site visits & tours, student employment support, etc.

Program Enhancements

Program enhancements ensure the future of experiential learning opportunities for students, spaces to collaborate with industry partners and technology-enabled spaces to create the boundary-less campus. Priority opportunities include: The Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I4IE), Accounting Certificate, Personal Financial Planning, and Supply Chain Management.

  • CB Dean's Excellence Fund—Supports the annual/immediate needs of the college including program enhancements and scholarships.

  • CB Endowment—Provides funding for the Dean’s discretionary fund for faculty development.

  • CB Competitive Edge Fund—Supports supply resources necessary for faculty to pursue appropriate professional development activities that reflect marketplace demands.

  • CB Student Emergency Fund—Provides emergency support to students allowing them to remain in school and on-track for graduation through a financial crisis.

  • Leonard & Betty Thayer Business Endowment Fund—Provides support for faculty recruitment, faculty scholarly activity, faculty development and professional involvement, development of research and professional activities, symposia, and accreditation costs.

  • CB Leadership Board Fund— Provides funding for the Dean’s discretionary account to support faculty/staff outstanding performance awards and Dean’s office initiatives to increase student success.

  • Business & Econ Alumni Chapter Fund—Provides funding for program support.

  • CB Human Resources—Funding supports Human Resources education.

  • Merrick Endowed Fund—Funding supports faculty development and achievement, and maintenance of accreditation.

  • Women in Business Conference—Provides support for the annual conference.  

  • CB Scholarship Fund—Provides student scholarships for any major within the college of business.

  • John & Kathleen Bezold Scholarship Endowment—Provides support to business majors with Veteran status.

  • Christophersen, Downing, Sammer and Stedman Scholarship—Provides scholarship support for business majors who have junior standing and a 2.5+ GPA.

  • Ryan P. Dacy Memorial Scholarship—Provides support to accounting, business administration, or economics majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA that demonstrate financial need and have a junior or senior standing.

  • Danton Scholarship—Provides annual scholarship support for college of business economics majors.

  • CB Johnson Library—Supports publications, software, and instructional materials for students and faculty.

  • Accounting Department Development Fund—Provides support for faculty development activities.

  • O’Shaughnessy Endowment Fund—Provides funds to help hire outstanding members of the accounting profession to teach and mentor accounting students.

  • Accounting Scholarship—Provides support to accounting majors.

  • Charles C. Adams Endowment—Supports accounting students, undergraduate or graduate, in their final year with a 3.5+ GPA in upper level Accounting courses, interested in becoming CPA.

  • Ralph A. Conner Family Endowed Accounting Scholarship—Supports undergraduate accounting majors with a 3.0+ GPA, interest in becoming CPA, with preference given to non-traditional students from Eastern Washington.

  • Tom and Wendy Dingus Accounting Scholarship—Supports full-time students who have junior or senior standing and a 3.0+ GPA. Preference given to first-generation students who demonstrate financial need and are from the following high schools: Zillah High, Prosser High, University High in Spokane. 

  • Stephanie T. Frederick Scholarship—Provides support for sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are accepted into the accounting program with a minimum 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.

  • Gary Heesacker Endowed Scholarship in Accounting—Supports full-time students with a 3.0+ overall GPA.

  • Bader Martin Annual Accounting Scholarship

  • RSM McGladrey Accounting Endowment—Supports declared accounting majors who are junior or senior standing and have a 3.0+ GPA.

  • Cynthia K. Pearson Endowed Accounting Scholarship—Supports full-time accounting majors that are interest in a public accounting track with preference given to community college transfers.

  • David and TJ Schelert Endowed Scholarship—Provides support to full-time accounting majors with a 3.0+ GPA.

  • WALPA & WTC Endowed Scholarship Fund—Supports full-time accounting majors who have a junior or senior standing, exceptional academic achievements, and demonstrate leadership ability and financial need.

  • Business Administration Faculty Fund—Provides scholarship support for business administration junior or seniors with a 3.0+ GPA.
  • MGT 200—Provides support to facilitate operational activities of the Management 200 program, including meetings, travel, and student employment support. 
  • Marketing Chapter Fund – Provides funds for program support.
  • Northwest Center for Sport Business (NWCSB) Conference Fund—Supports student engagement with the industry (e.g., host conference, bring in guest speakers, student travel to industry events).
  • Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) General fund—Provides unrestricted program support.
  • CB Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI)—Provides curriculum development and program support.
  • Certified Financial Planner [CFP]—Provides fund for program support.
  • CB Supply Chain Management Scholarship—Provides scholarship support for supply chain management students.
  • Jean & Joe Adams Finance Program Support Fund—Supports professional development opportunities for faculty and students, special guest speakers, events or recruitment initiatives, curriculum development resources, and travel to national/international conferences. 
  • James Nimnicht Scholarship Endowment—Provides support to human resource management students with a 3.0 minimum GPA.
  • Thayer Finance & SCM Fund—Support college of business programs, specifically faculty development for business administration.
  • Economic Outlook Conference Fund—Provides support for the Economic Outlook Conference and I4IE events.
  • Economics Department Chair Fund—Provides program support for economics.
  • Economic Student Club—Provides program support for economic student functions.
  • Bennetsen Scholarship Fund—Supports economics majors who demonstrate financial need.
  • Hensler-Moore Endowment in Economics—Provides scholarship support to full-time economics majors who are undergraduate juniors or seniors.
  • Wolfgang and Joyce Franz Endowment—Provides scholarship funds to full-time economic students with preference given to the student with the highest GPA.
  • Harold and Marjorie Williams Scholarship—Provides support to business administration students graduating with the highest GPA for recognition of scholastic achievement.

Ways to Give to the College of Business

A gift to support CWU College of Business students is a meaningful statement of your belief in our mission to launch students toward a better future. Each investment made in an intentional and personalized approach allows you to make a gift that is right for your financial situation and provides the greatest impact to our current generation of students, and those yet to come. No matter the size of your gift, or your method for giving, your financial support is deeply appreciated!

Outright Gifts—Cash and/or credit card gifts are the most popular and convenient means of support. They have the most immediate impact on the university and students. Funds can be designated as unrestricted (Business Dean’s Fund), or to the designation of your choice.

Stocks and Bonds—Stocks and bonds, or other forms of securities that have appreciated in value, offer our donors significant tax advantages. Gifted securities are tax-deductible at their market value on the date of the gift, and are subject to charitable gift regulations. Please contact College of Business Development Director Dennis Reed for gift transmittal information.