College of Liberal Arts

Gifts to the Willamette Fund provide direct and immediate support to Willamette’s undergraduate students and professors in the University’s 49 academic programs. Learn about the many impactful ways your gift enhanced the Willamette experience during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Unrestricted support for the College of Liberal Arts

Total raised: $1,135,130
Number of CLA alumni donors: 2,523
Number of parent donors: 1,896

48-Hour We Are Willamette Challenge

With the help of a matching gift challenge from our generous Trustees, Willamette launched its first ever 48-hour, $48,000 We Are Willamette Challenge on May 28, 2013. The Willamette community responded with enthusiasm and commitment to this challenge. In fact, 286 households helped Willamette raise over $76,000 during this challenge campaign. If you were among the enthusiastic donor group, thank you. Your gift helped us to surpass our $48,000 goal with flying colors, which translates to more scholarship aid and much-needed resources for faculty as we move into the 2013-14 school year.


From scholarship support, to providing resources for academic programs and research, to improvements to our facilities, below are some of the many ways your gift to the Willamette Fund made a difference during the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • During the 2012-2013 academic year, 1901 College of Liberal Arts (CLA) students received Willamette University scholarship support. The average scholarship amount CLA students received from Willamette was $20,113.
  • 40% of our undergraduate students participated in student/faculty collaborative research projects.
  • 400 students presented in Willamette University’s undergraduate Student Scholarship Recognition Day.
  • A total of 18 faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School of Education were awarded nationally competitive grants and awards to further research, scholarship and University programs during the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Ten undergraduate students earned prestigious national fellowships for their academic, leadership and service accomplishments, providing them with opportunities for research, graduate school and international study. Among the awards were two Fulbright Grants, a James S. Kemper Scholarship, a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and four NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
  • Unrestricted gifts for Athletics helped purchase new sports equipment, improve team travel opportunities, and replace Ogdahl Field and the Bowles Track at McCulloch Stadium for the 500 students that participated in the University’s 20 NCAA Division III varsity programs this academic year.
  • Membership gifts to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art provided support for the Museum's collections, exhibitions, and education programs.
  • In May 2013, nearly 480 College of Liberal students received their diplomas. They represented 29 states and four countries, with the top six majors being biology, politics, rhetoric and media studies, economics, psychology,and exercise science.
  • In addition to student and faculty support, Willamette Fund gifts also helped improve and maintain learning spaces by providing:
    • new roofing for the Art Building
    • new lab furnishings and exterior repairs for the Collins Science Center,
    • new lab equipment and classroom furnishings for the Olin Science Center
    • new lighting, new furnishings, and interior upgrades for Eaton Hall,
    • classroom upgrades and exterior repairs for Smith Auditorium,
    • new seating, interior upgrades, and exterior repairs for Smullin Hall,
    • and new classroom furniture and interior upgrades for Walton Hall.

"Thank you for facilitating this amazing education. I am so thankful for all the opportunities that Willamette provides and the connections we can make here." – Morgan '13

"Having donors like you helping us go to Willamette enriches our university experience. I only hope that I can give back to the Willamette community what you have given me." – Kyle '14

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