Lead the Way

Western Carolina University is in the leadership phase of its Lead the Way comprehensive fundraising campaign. The campaign is focused on providing the scholarship support our students need to achieve beyond expectation. 

We are truly inspired every day by the students who call our campus home. They are unwavering in their commitment to success, and many of them overcome tremendous personal odds to reach graduation day. Hear from students about the importance of scholarships at WCU:

  

Their story of success is also our university story. We invite you to learn and share that story and to Lead the Way in our pursuit of scholarship support for students. We are a university community that changes lives, and that starts with you.

Explore The Case:

Invest in the future of our students and our region. Computer Information Systems Student putting her education to application.

  

Invest

In the future of our students and our region. The two are intrinsically linked. 

In the last decade, Western Carolina University has undergone a significant transformation. We are in a region with a great need for catalysts such as WCU to fuel economic growth.

INVEST IN OUR STUDENTS

  

The reality that higher education is in the midst of change and resolve to lead rather than follow

  

Embrace

The reality that higher education is in the midst of change, and resolve to lead rather than follow.

The nature of our business is change. The pace of this change is not waning but rather continuing to gain momentum as we look ahead, and we must resolve to outpace it.

EMBRACE THE CHANGE

   

Those students with great need and great potential. Cherokee Studies student performing a traditional Cherokee ceremony.

 

Empower

Those students with great need and great potential. The impact reaches beyond the individual.

Western Carolina University's significant impact on North Carolina is rooted in our commitment to providing an accessible education to the people of our region and state.

EMPOWER OUR COMMUNITY

   

Accomplisment beyond expectation among high-achieving students. Honors college student studying Chemistry.

 

Inspire

Accomplishment beyond expectation among high-achieving students. Their success will be the measure of our own. 

There comes a time in life when our accomplishments are measured not by what we have achieved ourselves but by what we have inspired others to achieve. Some call it a legacy.

INSPIRE THE FUTURE

  

Students Ready to Compete in Every Arena with a Championship Spirt. Catamount Football Players on the field.

 

Recruit

Student ready to compete in every arena with a championship spirit. The ultimate win is success both on and off the field.

When our athletics coaches and leadership sit down with recruits, they aren't looking just for great players. They are looking for students who bring the same determination and inspiration to the classroom that they bring to the game.

RECRUIT STAR TALENT

  

The futur4e of our students, our institution, and our region is in ultimately in your hands. Students celebrating their degree.

  

 

Lead

The way forward. The future of our students, our institution, and our region is ultimately in your hands.

When you ask Western Carolina University students what makes their WCU experience special, the answer takes many forms but often comes back to the same theme: they talk about the extraordinary community of support that is transforming who they will become in life.

BE A LEADER

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