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Gifts in honor of retired physical therapy professor support WCU program, students

Three WCU physical therapy students will gain valuable hands-on experience this summer providing pro-bono treatment and services to residents of a community in Honduras with limited access to health care.  

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New scholarship for criminal justice students honors memory of alumnus, police officer

Family and friends of the late Trevor Arrowood, a Polk County native who died in 2021 after a three-year battle with cancer, have established a scholarship fund for future students majoring in criminology and criminal justice.  

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School of Nursing receives $2.1 million boost to launch Conway Scholars initiative

The School of Nursing is the recipient of a $2 million contribution from the Bedford Falls Foundation-DAF that will provide scholarship support to undergraduate nursing students and enable the hiring of additional faculty to guide them in their clinical experiences.  

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Additional donations boost estate gift, enable patron to see impact on parks, rec students

Michael G. Paysour, a 1974 graduate of WCU, wanted to see firsthand the impact of his philanthropy and meet the young people he was helping.  

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Gifts of $100,000 from communication alumnus create 2 annual scholarship funds

A 1984 graduate of WCU’s communication program who is now senior vice president of operations for Charter Communications-Spectrum Reach has made $100k in gifts and pledges to create two new annual scholarships.  

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Longtime staff donor gives in honor of those who supported him as a WCU student

A WCU staff member for nearly 40 years and a two-time alumnus, Phil Cauley has donated to the Catamount Club for 37 of those years.   

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Gifts for student scholarships result in new name for business dean’s suite

The dean’s suite of offices in the Forsyth Building has a new formal name that celebrates five generations of a family’s connections to WCU dating back to the early 1900s.  

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EMC program alumni establish 2 new scholarship funds to help future WCU students

A pair of alumni from the EMC program's formative years have established endowed scholarship funds totaling nearly $55,000 to help future students.  

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New scholarship for arts, sciences students established in honor of family patriarch

A member of a family with deep roots in Jackson County has established an endowed scholarship fund at WCU that will support students in the College of Arts and Sciences in honor of a family patriarch.  

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