WSU raised over $145 million in 2018

WSU raised over $145 million in 2018

Private individuals and organizations gave Washington State University just over $145 million during fiscal year 2018, making the year the third highest in the school’s history.

Over 53,000 donors gave their support during the last fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), which allowed for: Students to enhance their learning experiences, the creation of scholarships and fellowships, research funding, capital projects and outreach programs.

“A vibrant culture of philanthropy at WSU is essential for success as WSU continues its drive to be recognized among the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz.

WSU announced several notable highlights this past year, including:

WSU’s power engineering program established the Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair in Power Apparatus and Systems in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, thanks to gifts totaling $1.5 million from Edmund and Beatriz Schweitzer, and the employee owners of Pullman-based Schweitzer Engineering. The new endowed chair will support WSU’s teaching and research in the fundamentals of power engineering, including electromagnetics, controls, communication theory, high voltage materials and practice.
The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation donated $1 million to the WSU Viticulture & Enology Program, to support teaching labs and facilities as well as scholarships for viticulture and enology students at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center at WSU’s Tri-Cities campus.
Alexandra Navrotsky, Distinguished Interdisciplinary Professor of Ceramic, Earth and Environmental Materials Chemistry at University of California-Davis, established the Alexandra Navrotsky Institute for Experimental Thermodynamics with a $1 million gift to WSU’s Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering. The endowment supports research, the purchase of new equipment, and provides supplemental funding to attract and retain outstanding Ph.D. program graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, with preference given to women.
The W.M. Keck Foundation awarded two prestigious grants to support innovative research in WSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Kerry Hipps, Regents Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. James Brozik, the Donald and Marianna Matteson Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, received a $1 million grant for their work as principal investigators in the development of molecular machines that self-replicate to create unlimited quantities of polymer materials. Dr. David Lee, assistant professor of chemistry, received a $700,000 grant for his development of a novel approach to isolate and visualize short-lived intermediate species in chemical reactions, which have not been observed before, to help improve modern theoretical chemistry models.

The WSU endowment experienced a net gain of over $37 million to end the fiscal year with $502.3 million. Additionally, the endowment gained over $24 million in new contributions which directly supports students, faculty, research and other programs around the university.

Donors invested more than $64 million in private gifts and grants for faculty and research with an additional $17 million in private support went towards scholarships and graduate fellowships.