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Why give to the College of the Environment?

The College of the Environment addresses today’s environmental issues and readies tomorrow’s interdisciplinary problem solvers. We prepare students for creative, fulfilling careers in a changing world through educational programs, faculty-student collaboration, applied research, and professional and community service. Since its establishment in 1969, the College of the Environment has won national and international recognition as a premier institution with undergraduate and graduate programs that continually evolve to enhance practical, collaborative approaches to solving environmental problems. Our distinctive curriculum grants degrees from the  Department of Environmental Sciences (B.S., M.S.), Department of Environmental Studies (B.A., B.A.E., M.A.), and the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning & Policy (B.A.).

Our Goal: Access

Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 for college-level scholarships that support first-generation students and those experiencing significant financial need. Across higher education, we are seeing a rise in the number of talented students who cite concerns about debt burden as a reason for forgoing college. For many who do enroll, food and housing insecurity make it a challenge to focus on their work.

At the College of the Environment, we are convinced that our role in addressing the climate crisis demands ensuring educational access and support for a diversity of students. This is why the we have made need-based admission and retention scholarships our #1 fundraising goal.


Your investment in College of the Environment scholarships will make an environmental degree possible for talented students who otherwise cannot see college as part of their future. We need their voices and leadership now and in the decades ahead.

The College of the Environment invites you to give at whatever level you can. Every gift helps. Thank you for partnering with us to create opportunities for our students!  


Departments and Special Projects

In addition to directing your donation to a scholarship, you can choose to give to any of the departments, programs, or special projects listed below or designate from the donation page.

Early Bird Challenge!
Thank you! Your generosity has unlocked an additional $5,000 match before most people even got up for the day!
The Number One Vikings Match!
Thank you, Vikings! You who made the first $1,000 in gifts earned an ADDITIONAL $1,000 through a generous match!
$1,000 MATCHED
New Grad Match Opportunity!
Thank you new Vikings! You've raised an additional $3,000 in support for current WWU students and programs!
WWU Retirement Association Scholarship Challenge
Thank you, Vikings! You've met this challenge and helped unlock $3,000 in scholarship money for current Western students!
$3,000 / $3,000 Raised
3,000th Donor Challenge!
Thank you, Viking supporters! More than 3,000 of you have made gifts for Give Day, which is the most participation we've ever had in a Give Day!
Night Owl Challenge
Thank you! Your gifts helped raise an additional $2,000 for Kaiser Borsari Hall!
2,000th Donor Challenge!
Thank you! The 2,000th donor has unlocked an additional $750 for men's rowing!
Last Call!
Thank you! You've unlocked an additional $5,000 as a matching gift!
College of the Environment Donor Challenge!
The project or program in the College of the Environment that has the highest number of unique donors will win an additional $1,000! Final results available once we process all the Give Day gifts. Using fake donor names to inflate donor count may disqualify a project or program.
Rank Prize College of the Environment Donor Challenge! Donors
1 $1,000 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Program 17
2 Environmental Sciences Department 12
3 Institute for Watershed Studies 5
4 Geography Program 5
5 Environmental Studies Department 5
Lunchtime Crunchtime
Thanks, Vikings! You've unlocked an additional $5,000 in support for students on your lunch break.
Rank Prize Lunchtime Crunchtime Challenge! Donors
1 $2,500 Cross Country & Track and Field 95
2 $2,500 Men's Rowing 36
3 Women's Ultimate 13
4 Computer Science 9
5 Marketing Program 9
50-state Challenge!
Thank you, Vikings near and far, for helping unlock an additional $5,000 of support for WWU students!
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