International Student Support
Help Support WWU International Student Support Fund


Western hosts 100-200 international and exchange students each year, on F-1 and J-1 visas. These students come from over 35 countries, contributing valuable and diverse perspectives to our campus and community.  They also help financially support WWU as well as the local community. 

International students at WWU pay non-resident tuition, and do not qualify for U.S. federal financial aid. They have very limited access to scholarships and are not generally authorized to work off campus. They do not have the safety network that domestic students have. Many families make huge sacrifices to fund their children’s education in the U.S. because they believe in our educational system. 

Some of the issues that cause financial challenges include:

  • currency devaluation in many countries, relative to the U.S. dollar
  • parents losing employment and going through financial hardship
  • natural catastrophe or economic crises back home
  • loss of home-country government scholarship
  • visas restrict international students from working off campus

COVID-19 pandemic expenses

  • increased technology needs and costs to access virtual learning
  • immigration uncertainties requiring unplanned travel arrangements
  • increased cost of airfare, delays, cancellations, and testing/quarantine

Your gift will help support Western international students facing these challenges! 


Thank you for your help supporting the educational and financial needs of our international students!

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WWU Give Day Challenge Pool
A percentage of every gift not matched by another challenge will be matched by Challenge Pool Funds. The Challenge Pool dollars will be allocated as a percentage: Total Matching Pool ÷ Total Give Day Donations = Match % (Challenge funds will be applied up to the first $5,000 of each gift) Thank you to our generous Board Members and our Sponsors your support of Challenge Funds.
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Student and Recent Grad Challenge
The first 400 Students and Recent Grads (’18, ’19, ’20 and ’21) who donate $10 or more on Give Day will receive a bonus match of $25. Leverage your giving power to your chosen area with this generous challenge from WWU Foundation Board member Dave Mann, ’82 and Ann Thomson Mann!
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WECU Milestone Sponsorship
Thank you WECU for supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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Barkley Company Sponsorship
Thank you Barkley Company for supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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Dawson Construction Sponsorship
Thank you Dawson Construction for your support of the WWU Give Day Challenge Pool.
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First Fed Power Hour Sponsorship
Thank you First Fed for supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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Hub International Sponsorship
Thank you Hub International for supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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International Student Support Fund Challenge
The first $1,000 in gifts to the International Student Support Fund will be matched dollar for dollar by Lee Sternberger and Craig Shealy to help International Students facing financial emergencies.
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Kitsap Bank Milestone Sponsorship
Thank you Kitsap Bank for supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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Cowden Gravel and Ready Mix Sponsorship
Thank you Cowden Gravel and Ready Mix supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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Exxel Pacific Power Hour Sponsorship
Thank you Exxel Pacific for supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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Heritage Bank Power Hour Sponsorship
Thank you Heritage Bank for supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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TRANE Power Hour Sponsorship
Thank you TRANE for supporting the Give Day Challenge Pool!
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