Friends and Community

Western Carolina University is invested in creating opportunities for our students in Western North Carolina and beyond. As a friend of WCU, you play a vital role in ensuring education and outreach remains a significant part of our community.

Home to more than 10,000 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, our university offers endless possibilities for connection. Let us help you navigate the many opportunities.

Friends of the Arts

Your annual membership in the Friends of the Arts supports student artists, creates quality arts programming for the region, and allows world-class artists to visit and share their talents with the next generation of artists and performers. Experiencing the arts will change your perspective. Supporting the arts will change your life!

To learn more about how you can support the arts, click here.

The Madison Society

We are honored to recognize the expanding circle of loyal friends, like you, who are passionate about Western Carolina University. Madison Society members are a distinguished part of the Western Carolina family whose leadership gifts demonstrate their ongoing commitment to Western Carolina. Members of the Madison Society help WCU fulfill our mission of teaching, learning and service. Initiatives across the university — from scholarship support to the university's greatest needs — are greatly enhanced by the generosity of our Madison Society members.

To learn more about the impact you can have as a leadership level donor and our recognition level, click here.

Catamount Club

Proud to be a Catamount. Those five words mean so much to thousands of Western Carolina University alumni and fans. Each time a student-athlete takes the field of competition wearing purple and gold, they feel the pride of those who came before them and those who support them in the stands. No state funds are received for scholarship aid for athletics. When alumni, friends, parents and businesses donate to the Catamount Club, those funds primarily are used to provide scholarship aid for approximately 250 student-athletes in 16 varsity programs.

To learn more about the Catamount Club, click here.

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