Washington State University Programs
WSU enrolls more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students worldwide. Approximately 85% of WSU's undergraduate students are from the State of Washington. As the state's support for higher education has rapidly declined, the cost to attend Washington State University has increased, making scholarship support vital to the success of thousands of students every year.
Research and Programs
Washington State University is dedicated to discovering, developing, and deploying innovative solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems and improving the quality of life for the citizens of the state and beyond. Cutting-edge research and programmatic initiatives that will enhance the continuing exploration and discovery, intellectual growth, and impact of WSU’s researchers and students depend on private support to enable the broadest impact possible. Discretionary and unrestricted support is also needed to enable the University to respond nimbly to emerging university priorities or opportunities.
Extension and Outreach
As the state's land grant university, Washington State University is operating in each of Washington's 39 counties to provide research based educational programs and services. In addition to graduating a productive and skilled workforce each year, WSU's research, training, and outreach efforts with entrepreneurs and existing businesses are beneficial to the businesses and industries throughout the state. From agriculture to aerospace, and from the health sciences to private business--WSU's impact is meaningful and measurable. Support for Washington State University is an investment in the future economic vitality of the State of Washington.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
During the public launch of The Campaign for Washington State University in December 2010, Seattle-based investor, philanthropist, and WSU alumnus, Paul G. Allen, made the largest gift in WSU history—$26 million to support the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, which is providing innovative solutions to health challenges worldwide through detection of pathogens, control of disease transmission and vaccine development. Part of the gift completes the matching portion of the funding for construction of the $35 million state-of-the-art research building, which is partially funded through a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Construction of the 62,000-square-foot building started on the Pullman campus in June; completion is expected in spring 2012.
The most important contribution Washington State University makes to our state is access to a quality education for its citizens. WSU graduates are among the leaders who will shape economies and industries across Washington, the nation, and the world. As more jobs in emerging industries require an education beyond high school, declining state investment in higher education puts the burden on students through rising tuition costs. More than ever before, scholarship and fellowship support is necessary to help meet the financial need of WSU’s students.
To learn more about how you can support Washington State University, please visit the Washington State University Foundation Web site at http://foundation.wsu.edu/give/.