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 2013-2014 academic year.

Unrestricted support for the College of Liberal Arts

Total raised: 1,059,119.81
Number of CLA alumni donors: 1,808
Number of parent donors: 1,398

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 2013-2014 academic year:
  • More than 300 students presented in Willamette University’s undergraduate Student Scholarship Recognition Day.
  • A total of 13 faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts were awarded nationally competitive grants and awards to further research, scholarship and University programs during the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • 15 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 grant recipients, two James S. Kemper Scholars, a recipient of Iota Signma Pi’s annual Gladys Anderson Emerson Scholarship, an annual, national award that recognizes excellent in chemistry or biochemistry, and our first-ever Bosch fellowship.
  • During the 2013-14 academic year, unrestricted gifts for Bearcat Athletics helped resurface the Henkle Gymnasium floor, improved team travel opportunities, and provided new sports equipment for the 450 students that participated on 19 NCAA Division III programs.
  • In May 2014, nearly 380 College of Liberal students received their diplomas. They represented 23 states and three countries, with the top six majors being biology, politics, chemistry, psychology, economics, and English.
  • In addition to student and faculty support, Willamette Fund gifts also helped improve and maintain learning spaces by providing:
    • Lab and classroom renovations in Collins for Exercise Science
    • Olin - recarpet stairs and upgrade energy management controls
    • Smullin - remodel a classroom, classroom furnishing updates, air handler upgrade
    • Begin updating and adding card lock door access stations around campus
    • Football stadium - structural upgrades, paving repairs, elevator upgrade
    • Residence halls - bathroom upgrades and carpet replacement

"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