CWUFoundation NewsFoundation Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/newsen-us Central Washington University Honored for Fundraising Successhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2618Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:58:50<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/UA.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; float: right; margin: 5px;">For the first time in its history, Central Washington University has received an Educational Fundraising Award from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.</p><p>The Educational Fundraising Awards annually recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey.</p><p>CWU received the award for its overall improvement by demonstrating significant program growth over three years of data. Only eight other public comprehensive institutions nationwide received similar commendation.</p><p>“These institutions have not only demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in their fundraising efforts, they have contributed to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide by serving as a model to which others can aspire,” noted Sue Cunningham, CASE president and CEO.</p><p>CASE member institutions that have participated in the VSE for the past three years are automatically considered. A group of experienced educational fundraisers spends hours reviewing the data to determine awardees.</p><p>“It is an honor to receive this Educational Fundraising Award from CASE for the first time in the university’s history,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of CWU Foundation. “With CASE being considered the gold-standard for best practice and professional development in our profession, receiving this national recognition validates the progress we are making in our alumni engagement and fundraising efforts while motivating us even more in our mission to build community, connection and capacity around Central’s faculty, students and programs.”</p><p>To learn more about CASE or the Educational Fundraising Award, visit case.org.</p><p>To learn more about Central Washington University’s alumni and foundation programs, please visit engage.cwu.edu.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Robin Burck, University Advancement Communications, 509-963-2846, Robin.Burck@cwu.edu.</p></br>Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship Sends CWU Student to Londonhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2614Wed, 06 Feb 2019 16:19:37<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Screen%20Shot%202019-02-06%20at%204.15.18%20PM.png" style="width: 220px; height: 295px;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Screen%20Shot%202019-02-06%20at%204.18.01%20PM.png" style="width: 196px; height: 296px;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Screen%20Shot%202019-02-06%20at%204.18.40%20PM.png" style="width: 220px; height: 295px;"></p><p>Central Washington University theatre performance major, Karli Reinbold, is currently spending her winter quarter studying in London after receiving a scholarship that allowed her to travel abroad.&nbsp;</p><p>While studying abroad is something that Reinbold had interest in, it was not something she thought she could achieve. That’s when she was notified that she was a recipient of the Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship, providing the funds for her to learn new things from a different part of the world.</p><p>“Without the help of the CWU Foundation and the Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship, I would not have had the resources to study abroad and learn all the wonderful things that studying theatre in London has to offer,” Reinbold said. “This scholarship has made my dreams a reality. It gave me the opportunity to study at the source of my passion.”</p><p>Reinbold is expected to graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre performance. She hopes others that are interested in theatre performance will take advantage of this opportunity and apply for the Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship so they too can further their education while also making lifelong memories.</p><p>This once in a lifetime experience is all that Reinbold hoped for, and more, saying, “Getting to study Shakespeare in London is a life-changing experience. The way English actors go about Shakespeare is beautiful and unique, there is so much theatre history everywhere you look in London. The connections I am making are amazing and this is an experience I will take with me wherever I go.” </p><p>The Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship was created through a bequest from Betty Evans, former CWU theatre arts faculty. The scholarship provides support for students majoring in theatre arts who plan to study abroad at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, or a similarly accredited institution.</p><p>To learn more about the Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship, and all other scholarships CWU has to offer, visit Scholarship Central or contact the CWU Theatre Arts Department.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>February 2019</strong></p></p style="text-align: center;">Harold E. Anderson Leaves $800,000 to CWU Teach STEM Program https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2612Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:19:38<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Harold%20Anderson.JPEG" style="width: 250px; height: 267px;"><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/CWU-Foundation_Crimson-w-Black-Text_Sans-Serif.png" style="width: 200px; height: 241px;"></p><p>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.</p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>“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,&nbsp; is sure to have long-lasting effects for many years to come.”</p><p>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. </p><p>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."&nbsp;</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><strong>Media Contact</strong>: Robin Burck,&nbsp;University Advancement Communications, 509-963-2846, Robin.Burck@cwu.edu</p><p>Wednesday, January 23, 2019</p></p style="text-align: center;">Bedlingtons Give Back to Support CWU Student-Athleteshttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2611Mon, 07 Jan 2019 11:39:19<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Bedlington.JPG" style="width: 270px; height: 180px;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Bedlington3.JPG" style="width: 120px; height: 180px;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Bedlington4.JPG" style="width: 275px; height: 183px;"></p><p>Dick and Marlys Bedlington recently gifted the Central Washington Foundation $250,000 to help improve athletic facilities at CWU through the Wildcat Commons project. As part of this project, the <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/north-campus/recreation-sports-complex" target="_blank">Recreation Sports Complex</a> was built, and the Dick and Marlys Bedlington Throws Venue was created.</p><p>When asked why it was important to give back to student-athletes at CWU, Dick said, “If it wasn’t for Central, I wouldn’t have what I have today. Central helped me grow in all different areas of my life; education, financials, communication, and developing as a person. I wanted to help make sure current students have the same opportunity I did at Central and help them get the most out of their time there.”</p><p>The new throws venue meets the NCAA competition regulations to house several different track and field events including discus, hammer, javelin, and shotput. The javelin runway has Dick Bedlington's name down the side of it, along with his standing school record of 241’11” that he set in 1970.&nbsp;</p><p>Dennis Francois, director of athletics at Central Washington University, extends his gratitude to Dick and Marlys Bedlington for making the new throws venue possible.</p><p>“The generosity that the Bedlingtons have shown to Central Washington University and its student-athletes truly exemplifies what it means to be a Wildcat,” Francois said. “The upgraded track and field facility creates new opportunities for our student-athletes that were not previously available to them, and the Bedlingtons were monumental in helping make that possible.”</p><p>The Bedlingtons now hope other student-athletes will strive to do their best while using this new state of the art sports complex.&nbsp;</p><p>"Having a facility like this pushes me to be a better thrower," CWU shotput and discus thrower Avery Fisk said. "I want to prove that I am deserving of this D-1 quality facility. Being a freshman and coming to a facility like this is a dream come true."</p><p>The ribbon cutting for the new Recreation Sports Complex was held last month where CWU President James Gaudino, Recreation Director Matthew Boyer, and Dick and Marlys Bedlington had the pleasure of opening the stadium to CWU students for the first time.</p><p>“The thing that impresses me the most about Central is how appreciative and kind the students are. They really do seem like the future best citizens of America,” said Marlys. “The ribbon cutting was so heartwarming. Everyone was so kind and the welcome was wonderful.”&nbsp;</p><p>The Recreation Sports Complex is now open to all CWU students and can be used as a safe, protected space for students to use both during the day and at night. It includes not only the new throws venue but also a 400-meter NCAA competition all-weather track, multi-directional runways for jump events, an artificial turn infield, perimeter fencing, and stadium lights.</p><p>The CWU Foundation sincerely appreciate donors like Dick and Marlys. Want to invest in success? Consider giving to support <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/north-campus/north-campus-expansion-plans" target="_blank">Wildcat Commons</a> and Central students today.</p></p style="text-align: center;">Spencer Educational Foundation Awards Central Washington University $13,000 for Risk Management Programhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2608Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:53:44<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/iStock-509535654-2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 281px;"></p><p>The Central Washington University Foundation will receive $13,000 in grant funds from the Spencer Educational Foundation to help further the development of CWU’s Risk Management Minor (RMM).&nbsp;</p><p>The funds, expected in January 2019, will be used to develop marketing materials to share career opportunities in the risk management and insurance industry. They will do this by:</p><ul><li>Facilitating, promoting and recruiting diverse students for the existing Risk Management Minor (RMM).</li><li>Developing lecture materials for newly developed risk and insurance management courses.</li><li>Developing and proposing a risk and insurance management capstone internship course.</li></ul><p>Sathyanarayanan Rajendran, department chair for engineering technologies, safety, and construction, believes this grant will benefit students currently enrolled in the RMM while also expanding the program, giving it a larger capacity for more students to join.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>“The grant from the Spencer Educational Foundation will help risk management faculty to develop culminating experience requirements, courses outcomes, and associated activities for the capstone internship course,” Rajendran said. “Funds will be used for travel to local RIMS Chapter meetings and risk management employers to gather information on industry needs and feedback to ensure the proposed program is meeting industry's needs.”</p><p>CWU’s current RMM has been in place since summer 2017 and currently has 40 students enrolled. With the help of this grant, they have a target of getting 48 students participating in the program by fall 2019.&nbsp;</p><p>To learn more about the Spencer Educational Foundation and the various ways they support students, educators, and professionals, <a href="https://www.spencered.org/" target="_blank">visit their website</a>.</p><p>Media contact: Traci Goff, Director of Foundation Relations, University Advancement, 509-963-2160, <a href="mailto:traci.goff@cwu.edu?subject=Spencer%20Educational%20Foundation%20Grant">traci.goff@cwu.edu</a>.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></a href="mailto:traci.goff@cwu.edu?subject=Spencer%20Educational%20Foundation%20Grant">CWU Alums Celebrate School History with Launch of Wildcat Alumni Plazahttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2604Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:09:19<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/DSC05487.JPG" style="width: 325px; height: 217px;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/tomlinson_donors_2018-8189.jpg" style="width: 325px; height: 217px;"></p><p>After struggling academically in high school, Doug Andrews was strongly discouraged from pursuing his desire for a college education by his school counselors. Andrews, then 18, decided to join the Air Force for his schooling, but was rejected due to his impaired eyesight.</p><p>His backup plan may have failed him, but in 1963 Andrews chose to go to college, despite any adversity he may face. He attended Highline Junior College in Des Moines, WA, receiving an AA Degree in 1966. With this degree came the opportunity to transfer to Central Washington State College.</p><p>“Central was so accepting of those who had challenges,” Andrews said of his experience. “The school and the teachers were able to help students like me who had potential, but just needed a little extra help.”</p><p>Andrews graduated from CWSC with his BA in business administration in 1968. After graduation he returned to Seattle to work in and ultimately run the family business, Andrews Machinery Construction Supply.</p><p>As an alum, Andrews was integral in reestablishing the CWSC’s Alumni Association. He was a member of the Alumni Board from December 1974 to October 2012 and was instrumental in getting Central’s vanity card program started. Andrews’ time on the alumni board gave him the opportunity to watch and participate in the growth of CWSC/CWU through five university presidents, two acting presidents, six alumni directors, and numerous dedicated alumni association board members.&nbsp;<br>He met his wife, Sharon, during the 1980s, and later encouraged her to pursue a degree in accounting at CWU’s West Side campus. She graduated in 1990.&nbsp;</p><p>After much success in their careers, the Andrews sold the family construction supply business and retired in 2002. As they began planning for retirement, they contemplated ways to give back to the university that gave them so much.&nbsp;</p><p>The Andrews established an endowed scholarship in 2016 to support transfer students with a documented accommodation through the CWU Office of Disability Services. They said they felt compelled to give back to students who simply needed a caring, helpful, and nurturing environment like that of Central.</p><p>Most recently, the Andrews donated to the Wildcat Commons project, specifically to support the new Alumni Plaza in the north end of Tomlinson Stadium. The Andrews say they were intrigued by the idea of a gathering place for alumni and were inspired to bring the campus together.&nbsp;<br><br>“We liked the idea of the Alumni Plaza because it’s just a special place for alumni to get together,” Andrews said. “When people go into the Alumni Plaza, or look at the donor wall, we hope they will see the names of people who have gone there, and it will inspire them to get involved. So many people can be affected.”&nbsp;<br><br>The Alumni Plaza was dedicated to the Andrews during a private donor preview on September 28 at Tomlinson Stadium. Bob Ford, executive director of alumni and constituent relations, says the Andrews’ gift to Wildcat Commons will help bring Wildcats together for years to come.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Doug and Sharon have helped change the conversation around alumni support and what is possible at Central,” Ford said. “They have moved the conversation from what might have been thought of as impossible to possible, and that is something that will have a lasting impact that will inspire others.”&nbsp;</p><p>The CWU Alumni Association, CWU Athletics, and the CWU Foundation truly appreciate donors like Doug and Sharon. Want to invest in success? Consider giving to support <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/north-campus/wildcat-commons-phase-one" target="_blank">Wildcat Commons</a> and Central students today.</p><p><strong>October 2018</strong></p></br></br></br></br></br>Puyallup Tribe of Indians Awards Central Washington University Foundation $10,000 Grant to Create Scholarship Programhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2601Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:46:18<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/CWU-Foundation_Crimson-w-Black-Text_Sans-Serif.png" style="width: 300px; height: 361px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p>The Central Washington University Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to establish the Puyallup Tribe of Indians Scholarship program.&nbsp;</p><p>This scholarship will award 10 CWU students with $1,000 scholarships. Qualified students must be from Pierce County, demonstrate financial need, be in good academic standing, and be a first-generation student with preference given to Native American students.&nbsp;</p><p>Scott Wade, CWU vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation, appreciates the support from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians for CWU students.</p><p>“On behalf of Central Washington University, I would like to sincerely thank the Puyallup Tribe of Indians for awarding our university with this generous grant,” Wade said. “The grant is creating scholarships that will provide much needed financial assistance to Central students and assist them in attaining a quality education from our university.”</p><p>The Puyallup Tribe of Indians have lived along the shores of the Puget Sound in Washington State for thousands of years. They have been known for “generous and welcoming behavior to all people who enter our lands,” and are also very generous in giving back to others across the state.&nbsp;</p><p>If you would like to apply for this or other scholarships, please do so through <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/scholarships/scholarship-central" target="_blank">Scholarship Central</a> now until February 1.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media contact: Traci Goff, Director of Foundation Relations, University Advancement, 509-963-2160, traci.goff@cwu.edu.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Central Washington University Receives $20,000 Grant for High School Entrepreneurship Immersion Workshophttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2600Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:44:29<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Screen%20Shot%202018-10-18%20at%203.42.18%20PM.png" style="width: 400px; height: 267px;"></p><p>Central Washington University recently received a grant from an anonymous donor that will expand its highly successful The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship workshop to the Puget Sound area.</p><p>“We are delighted by the generous support from this foundation,” said Bill Provaznik, Director of the College of Business Institute for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship. “The CWU Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s mission is to make business ownership a reality for students whose backgrounds typically lack the availability of entrepreneurship as a career. Our programs have made this availability real for thousands of students in the central Washington region.”</p><p>The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship workshop was established in 2014 and held in Yakima, Washington with 300 students from economically distressed communities participating. Since then, participation in this annual workshop has continued to grow, now introducing The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship - Puget Sound, which will host its first workshop in the Des Moines area in spring 2019.</p><p>“The CWU College of Business has a growing number of students from the Des Moines area,” Provaznik said. “This region is richly diverse, highly entrepreneurial, and extremely critical about getting quality returns on their investments. While these factors made our school their first choice for education, they also are the fundamental ingredients for successful entrepreneurship.”</p><p>A collaboration between Washington State Schools and CWU I4IE resulted in the creation of The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship workshop with the purpose of giving high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with developing a market viable product.</p><p>“Not only do our CWU students become highly proficient at business and management techniques needed to work with high school students and accomplish a lot in the short time we have at the tournament, they experience the role of mentoring someone else through a process of developing their own commercialized ideas,” Provaznik said.</p><p>CWU anticipates that approximately 70 CWU Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship students will participate in the 2018 workshop along with four to five business professionals. CWU students and the business professionals will act as peer-to-peer mentors to the high school students and will judge the various market plans that the high school students will prepare.</p><p>The timeline for The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship - Puget Sound starts in March 2019 and ends in February 2020. The $20,000 grant will benefit activities that include:</p><p>• Reserving and confirming transportation to event for CWU faculty and students<br>• Sending information about the workshop to all participating schools<br>• Continuing conversations with potential business partners about event details<br>• Conducting the workshop<br><br>If you are interested in The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship program and wish to learn more or register today, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/business/many-faces-entrepreneurship">click here</a>.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br>CWU’s Safety and Health Management Receives Grant for Risk Management Minor https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2599Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:23:05<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Screen%20Shot%202018-09-20%20at%2012.27.59%20PM.png" style="width: 600px; height: 239px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation awarded Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management (SHM) program with a $15,000 grant to enhance the recently developed Risk Management Minor.&nbsp;</p><p>The generous grant, received this June, is a part of The Robert P. Ashlock Risk Management and Insurance Development Program established by The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation.&nbsp;<br><br><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/TI_Griffith.png" style="width: 300px; height: 126px; float: right; margin: 5px;">“We were pleased to select Central Washington University as the recipient of this grant,” said Frank Paul Tomasello, senior program director for the Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation. “The Ashlock program assists with the development of post-secondary risk management insurance education for new and existing academic programs, like the one at Central.”&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>There is a great demand for the Risk Management Minor at CWU with more than 35 students currently enrolled within six months of commissioning the minor. The minor is part of the SHM program that enrolls 100 students and graduates 35 industry-ready professionals each year. More than 650 safety and health professionals have graduated from CWU thus far with that number growing each year.&nbsp;<br><br>“There are thousands of risk management positions opening up around the globe,” said Sathyanarayanan Rajendran, program director of the Safety and Health Management program. “There aren’t enough graduates to fill these positions in the workforce. They call this the silver tsunami, where the population of professionals are aging and retiring.”<br><br>The grant is set to go towards a number of different areas within the SHM program. This includes four new risk management and insurance courses that will develop the curriculum and other lecture materials including case studies. The new classes are as follows:<br><br>- SHM 450 Commercial Property Risk Management and Insurance<br>- SHM 451 Commercial Liability Risk Management and Insurance<br>- SHM 452 Risk Management for Public Entities<br>- SHM 453 Construction Risk and Insurance Management<br><br>In addition, the grant will create lecture materials for three existing courses and develop marketing materials to advertise the Risk Management Minor in order to recruit students to attend CWU. The funds will also allow the SHM program to explore the feasibility of creating a new, 100% online, Bachelor of Science degree in risk, insurance, and safety management.&nbsp;<br><br>In addition to traditional risk management positions, employers are creating positions that are hybridized with safety and health management positions, and there is a void in the industry of professionals who have both health/safety management skills and risk management/insurance skills.<br><br>According to Rajendran, there isn’t anywhere in the country where a Risk Management Minor is located within the same program as safety and health.&nbsp;<br><br>“70% of our safety and health majors are deciding to go into the minor,” Rajendran said. “So, having that dual skill-set, they are opening themselves up to a completely brand-new industry and their career path is going to be very successful.”<br><br>CWU’s Risk Management Minor provides an in-depth knowledge needed to assess and respond to the numerous hazard (insurable) risks faced by all organizations. It also helps to prepare students by helping them build a strong foundation in the science of risk management. Students gain practical skills to avoid, reduce, and manage risk. The program also helps to develop and implement a balanced hazard risk financing strategy using retention, transfer, and hybrid strategies.&nbsp;<br><br>Media contact:&nbsp;</p><p>Traci Goff, Director of Foundation Relations, (509)963-2160, Traci.Goff@cwu.edu.</p><p>Friday, September 21, 2018</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Foundation Announces $25,000 Grant for Financial Planning Programshttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2597Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:26:07<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/LRG__CG_7522.JPG" style="width: 550px; height: 368px;"></p><p>This week, TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen RIA Scholarship and Grant Program selected Central to receive a 2018 emerging program grant for the new Financial Planning Programs in the College of Business.&nbsp;</p><p>The United State Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 40,400 new personal financial advisors will be needed within the country’s financial planning industry through 2026.</p><p>Committed to meet this burgeoning labor demand, Central Washington University launched two new degrees in financial planning in fall 2017. The inaugural year success has extended beyond enrollment. The grant, totaling $25,000, is to be used over the next two years for program development.</p><p>“We’re excited about Central Washington University’s vision for its financial program, and their commitment to educating more women and minorities about the profession as a career choice,” said Kate Healy, managing director, Generation Next, TD Ameritrade Institutional. “As the CWU curriculum, including financial literacy programs, evolves, we look forward to seeing interest in financial planning careers grow on campus.”<br>&nbsp;<br>To recognize this achievement, Carlo Smith, Chair of the Department of Finance and Supply Chain Management, and Tom Zebroski, Director of the CWU Financial Planning Program were among guests invited by TD Ameritrade Institutional to visit New York City and the Nasdaq MarketSite to ring the Closing Bell this afternoon (Tuesday, July 24).<br><br>“We will be using this generous $25,000 grant from TD Ameritrade to extend our outreach to a diverse range of prospective new students, to provide scholarships to those who choose this area of study and to encourage more firms to recruit interns and graduates from Central.”<br><br>The grant proposal outlined the following areas for fund distribution:<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Develop materials and host on-campus diversity events to recruit women and students of color to the programs;<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Offer $1,000 scholarships to 12 new students<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Provide $500 toward paid internships for five qualified students; and,<br>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sponsor 10 students to attend the 2019 Financial Planning Association of Puget Sound Symposium in addition to Symposium sponsorship.<br><br>The CWU bachelor’s degrees in financial planning will help to serve an increasingly diverse population in need of competent financial guidance. Both financial planning degrees developed by faculty in the College of Business are registered with CFP Board. Students who graduate from the CWU program are qualified to sit for the Certified Financial Planner examination.</p><p>Last year, 21 students–11 women and five students of color–were enrolled in CWU PFP program. The first graduates from the program will enter the workforce in spring 2019.<br><br>“Our goal is to more than double student enrollment in our programs by the beginning of the 2019 academic year,” added Smith. “We also want to see a minimum of 50 percent of those enrolled be women and students of color.”<br><br>In preparation for program expansion, the College of Business has secured its first Ph.D. candidate specializing in financial planning. Benjamin Steele Campbell holds a JD and is completing his Ph.D. in Financial Planning at Texas Tech. Steele is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. He will join the College of Business faculty starting fall quarter 2018.</p><p>July 24, 2018</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>