Discover the Benefits of Giving Wisely

Did you know there are creative ways to support Central Washington University? Ways in which Central Washington University, you, and your loved ones all benefit at the same time?

Such giving techniques are called planned gifts, because with thoughtful planning, you create win-win solutions for you and Central Washington University.

Planned Giving Impact Stories

Amelia Barbre-Strayer

Pictured here is Amelia Barbre-Strayer, who received the Donald & Verna (Shriner) Duncan Community Service Scholarship. “I am studying Family and Consumer Sciences Education, hoping to teach practical life skills to students of every age. I am very passionate about education and helping others. I love spending my free time volunteering with diverse groups and individuals; some of which includes gardening with local elders, helping habitat for humanity build subsidized housing, face painting for kids’ community events, playing bingo at the local adult activity center, and more. This summer I volunteered for Camp to Belong as a counselor wherein we provide a fun week for siblings who have been separated due to the foster care system to spend positive time together, which was so awesome! I will continue spending my time working in the community and giving my time to people who need it throughout and after my education.”

Kyla Graeser

Kyla Graeser recently received the Dennis W. Farrell Pre-Medicine Scholarship and Biella Foundation. "I am so grateful for your generous financial gift that is allowing me to complete my educational goals. I come from a relatively humble background and my parents are not able to help me shoulder the financial burden of college, so your monetary gift is an incredible support in helping me achieve my dream of pursuing medical school."

Robert Faulk

Robert Faulk received the Dale and Dorothy Jaques Scholarship. "Thank you for the Dale and Dorothy Jaques Scholarship. I am grateful to receive this generous award. As an aging veteran transitioning into my third career I was pleased to find out that there are scholarships available to those of us who took a little extra time to find our purpose. The money will go a long way in reducing my household's financial burdens while I complete my graduate degree in environmental sciences." & "I plan on completing my bachelor's requirements either in the spring or fall of 2019. In conjunction with a major in Environmental Science w/ Geography Specialization I am also working on a minor in Energy Sciences and a certificate in ArcGIS. I applied for an internship with Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement workgroup for the summer of 2018 and under serendipitous circumstances I was offered and accepted a paid position as Lead Culvert and Habitat Assessor. I am looking forward to this work as it aligns with my interests in hydrology and road ecology as well as a personal hobby in ethnobotany."

Angelina Valdez

Angelina Valdez received the N. May Spurling Jankowski Memorial Education Scholarship & Coca- Cola First Generation Scholarship. “I chose to attend CWU, because they have an amazing education department, and because I was born and raised in a small town so wanted to attend a small university. I wanted to become a teacher because of both the good and the bad teachers that I had growing up. The good ones, because they showed me the positive effects of having a good teacher. The bad ones, because they showed me the negative effects of having a bad teacher. I have always loved helping people, and I feel like this is the way that was meant for me to do so. My plans after graduation are to teach secondary English and ELL students for about 5 years before going to receive my master’s degree in school administration. I then want to be a principal, and eventually move up to be a superintendent. Eventually, I want to come back to a university setting to be the one to teach the teachers. And your scholarship is going to help me do that.”

Ways to Make an Impact


Name Central Washington University in Your Will

Make us part of your family. A gift through your will or estate is the easiest gift you can make today.


Put Your IRA to Work for Central Washington University

There's a simple, straightforward way to avoid income tax and potential estate tax on your retirement plan, while making a significant gift to Central Washington University.

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