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‘Lead the Way’ total to be announced May 2 with campus celebration

‘Lead the Way’ total to be announced May 2 with campus celebration

It’s been more than a year in the making, this fundraising challenge to reach $60 million for the Lead the Way campaign in support of late Chancellor David Belcher’s pledge for more student scholarships. Did we make it? Find out May 2 during the ‘big reveal’ at a community celebration in the Ramsey Center.

March 20, 2019


Highlands residents pledge $2 million for Honors College, undergraduate research

Highlands residents pledge $2 million for Honors College, undergraduate research

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of a husband and wife who divide their time between Highlands in the Western North Carolina mountains and Hilton Head Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Western Carolina University is one step closer toward its goal of being able to provide scholarship assistance to every Honors College student with financial need. Make that 1 million steps closer.

March 08, 2019


Rays strive to bring students, STEM together through scholarship support

Rays strive to bring students, STEM together through scholarship support

To support their love of engineering and education, Jeff and Tina Ray created the Hopkins and Ray Engineering and Technology Endowed Scholarship to support students in WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology, for which Jeff Ray serves as dean.

March 04, 2019


Year-end giving pushes WCU's 'Lead the Way' fundraising campaign past $58 million mark

Year-end giving pushes WCU's 'Lead the Way' fundraising campaign past $58 million mark

Western Carolina University’s “Lead the Way” comprehensive fundraising campaign climbed ever closer to hitting its goal of $60 million as a surge of year-end giving pushed the total raised to date to $58.7 million. Among the recent contributions to the campaign is an anonymous estate gift of $1 million to go toward student scholarships, which is the top priority of “Lead the Way: A Campaign Inspired by the Belcher Years.” The campaign is scheduled to come to a close this spring.

January 07, 2019


Moss fund supports teaching excellence, honors colleague

Moss fund supports teaching excellence, honors colleague

With a new doctorate under her belt and her dream job at Western Carolina University in hand, Hollye Moss jumped right in – and promptly started to sink. No longer distracted by a dissertation, Moss realized something was lacking: her teaching skills.

January 04, 2019


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