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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Why Give?

  • Recruit and Support Students with Exceptional Personal and Intellectual Characteristics
    Washington and Lee is committed to recruiting and supporting students with exceptional personal and intellectual characteristics regardless of their financial circumstances. By supporting scholarships, loan repayment funds, and international study opportunities, you help bring outstanding students of character and intellect and provide them with the opportunity to take full advantage of everything the University offers.
  • Recruit, Retain and Develop Exceptionally Qualified Faculty and Staff Committed to the Values of the University
    An important goal of this campaign is to ensure that Washington and Lee attracts, retains, and develops the very best faculty – scholars of exceptional attainment who make teaching their priority. The University also is committed to supporting its non-teaching staff—those dedicated individuals who strengthen our community by sharing the values that characterize Washington and Lee. Through support of faculty and staff you help ensure that these living links to the University’s past, to the traditions and values that distinguish this place, can continue to convey these traditions and values to future generations of students.
  • Establish New Academic Programs and Enhance Existing Ones That Foster Learning, Engagement and Character
    No curriculum or field of knowledge can remain static if it is to prepare students for their lives and work ahead. Just as Robert E. Lee did during his presidency, the University seeks to engage and challenge its students by supporting and establishing innovative programs that are rooted in its core traditions. Gifts for new programs and enhancements for existing ones intensifies the educational experience of students ensuring that they encounter new ideas and perspectives, grow intellectually, add to their stock of experience, and perfect their skills.
  • Create a Campus for the 21st Century
    Washington and Lee is blessed with one of the nation's most beautiful campuses--a place that evokes seemingly eternal images for generations of graduates. With maturity and the passage of years, alumni realize that these scenes are not in fact timeless, but rather are a gift from those who, over the last two centuries, created this magnificent campus. Inevitably, as the campus evolves, the details of the memories that future generations of students take with them will be different from those of past graduates. Nonetheless, by supporting the renewal of the campus, we ensure that the fundamental sense and spirit of these memories remains timeless, even as we provide for an unparalleled learning environment for today’s students.
  • Create Financial Flexibility
    The Washington and Lee Annual Fund provides six percent of the University's operating budget and represents the critical difference in our ability to fulfill our mission. Maintaining a strong, growing Annual Fund is especially critical in these times of economic uncertainty, when budgetary challenges tax the University's resources. Support of the Annual Fund is essential if the University is to meet its strategic goals.
  • Gifts at Work
    See how gifts to Washington and Lee are already making a difference on campus.