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Interim Associate Vice President of University Advancement Shawn Lowney.
Interim Associate Vice President of University Advancement Shawn Lowney.

Support Student Success at Central Washington University

The Office of the Dean of Student Success provides students educationally-purposeful programs, events, services, and activities that promote academic, personal, and professional growth within and beyond the classroom.

As such, Student Success is committed to:

  • Developing and enhancing the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity
  • Creating connections between in- and out-of-classroom experiences to promote student success and achievement
  • Facilitate scholarly, creative, and professional development opportunities
  • Engaging students throughout the university community
  • Providing resources and services for students to better navigate the CWU community
  • Promoting student rights and responsibilities

Give to Student Success

Interim Associate Vice President of University Advancement Shawn Lowney is here to answer any questions about how you can support Student Success at (509)963-3628 or email at


Student Success Giving Opportunities

Launching students toward a better future requires strong philanthropic partnerships that serve to create opportunities that will help develop the next generation of Wildcat leaders.

Current Funding Priority

University students are leaders, scholars, and visionaries. Your gifts directly support students on campus by providing critical resources for things like health and wellness education, leadership development programs, career counseling and internship placement, community volunteerism, and so much more.

Student Success

Support the continued development of our students by supporting Student Success at CWU.

Endowments and Scholarship Funds

Create an endowed scholarship to provide scholarships for future generations, build capacity to assist students who need them most, and attract the best and brightest students to CWU. Endowment funds provide a permanent stream of income are a meaningful way to honor or memorialize family members, friends, or mentors. Donors can establish endowed funds through an outright gift or through a life income gift or bequest that converts to an endowed fund upon maturity.

Fund a current use scholarship and leverage your gift to have the greatest immediate impact for students now. Visit our Funds and Scholarships section below to make a contribution to an existing fund or contact or development director for assistance in creating a new scholarship.

Student Success—Returning students often face unique challenges and obstacles to completing their degrees as they juggle family, work, and other obligations. This fund supports the annual and immediate needs of students to ensure their success, by implementing student focused initiatives and providing direct support and resources to those in need.


Student Emergency Fund—Each year, we receive numerous requests for emergency support from students who need emergency shelter, transportation, food, clothing and medical supplies and this fund helps support those needs.


Ways to Give to Student Success

A gift to support Student Success 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 the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs for gift transmittal information.

Bequests—A gift of cash or property made through a will or living trust leaves a lasting legacy to the designation of your choice. CWU can be named as a beneficiary of an estate, as the recipient of a stated dollar sum, or as a residual beneficiary.

Real Estate—Real estate that has appreciated in value can be of great value as a gift to CWU. Consultation with College of Education and Professional Studies Development Director Rick Paradis is recommended.

IRA Charitable Rollover—You may be looking for a way to make a big difference to help further our mission. If you are 70½ or older, you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help continue our work and benefit this year.

Retirement Assets—A gift of your retirement assets, such as a gift from your IRA, 401k, 403b, pension, or other tax deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to CWU. Your retirement assets may be transferred to CWU by completing a beneficiary designation form provided by your plan custodian.

Matching Corporate Gifts—Donate to CWU and you may double or triple your donation at no extra cost through your company’s matching gift program. Visit our CWU Foundation Matching Gift page for more information

Life Insurance—Life insurance can provide the opportunity to make a substantial gift. A policy that is no longer required for its original purpose may be transferred to CWU. New or existing policies naming the university as beneficiary may be used as long-term planned gifts.