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Young alum embodies “Cougs helping Cougs”

The well-known saying, “Cougs helping Cougs,” is thoroughly embedded in the philanthropic spirit of Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture alumnus Andrew Pilloud (’11).

Each year since earning his degree in computer engineering, Andrew follows the lead of EECS alumni who generously invest in the student experience at WSU. He knows firsthand the impact made by fellow Cougars in supporting equipment purchases and laboratory upgrades. While participating in student organizations such as WSU Amateur Radio Club and Linux Users Group, Andrew worked on projects using equipment made possible by private support. He enjoyed the opportunity to test his problem-solving skills in the laboratory and spent … » More …

Senior Scholarships: A Cougar Tradition

A career in athletic training in the performing arts is the dream job envisioned by Alexandra (Alee) Bryan, while Kayla Heim looks forward to her first day of work at Moss Adams, a public accounting firm. Fellow classmate Alexandra (Alex) Anderson hopes to pursue a doctorate in psychology and eventually work as a clinical psychologist or school psychologist.

They are determined to succeed….feeling confident and prepared….their lives enriched by the scholarships they received at WSU.

Alee, Kayla, and Alex are recipients of scholarships made possible through the generosity of their classmates—WSU seniors—whose monetary gifts to the Senior Scholarship Fund have been a Cougar tradition since … » More …

Tragedy to Changing Lives

WSU alumnae Laura (McGinley) King and Janice Blair met for the first time at a recent church meeting in Seattle, where they discovered they have a special connection through Washington State University. One of the scholarships Laura received while attending WSU was the Mollola King Blair Endowed Scholarship.

Mollola lost her life at age 18 in a car crash caused by a 16-year old driver impaired by drugs and alcohol. Her parents, Randy and Janice Blair (’69 Ed), along other family and friends, created the scholarship to honor Mollola’s life. The primary requirement of this scholarship is a commitment to sobriety in hopes to prevent … » More …

Inspiring the Next Generation of Business Leaders


 A generous gift from Phyllis Hayfield Roenicke in honor of her late father, Claude E. Hayfield, is helping WSU’s College of Business to achieve the college’s priority of helping the next generation of business leaders develop a wide range of professional skills and knowledge. Claude was a well-known pioneer banker of Whitman County. At the age of 16, he attended Washington State College and was the bugler in the ROTC unit. He opened Farmington State Bank in 1929, which he managed until his death in 1960.

At the 2013 WSU Foundation Gala, Claude was … » More …

WSU Benefactors Support University’s Greatest Needs


With a shared desire to help youth access and receive a world-class education, Dan and Barbara Howell are impacting the lives of countless WSU students. Through their generous gifts they are providing scholarships for student-athletes and helping to ensure that many of the University’s greatest needs are met. Their dedication has led them to being named Benefactors of the University at the WSU Foundation Gala in 2013.

Loyal Cougs, Dan (’78 Const. Mgmt.) and Barbara have made annual gifts to WSU for 20 years. They met as students at WSU and credit the University … » More …

Gift lights up Beasley Coliseum

Rounds_webDuring their lifetimes, Bill (’33 Econ.) and Faye Rounds supported student-athlete scholarships, Cougar Athletics, and Alumni Centre programs at WSU for nearly 40 years. The Pullman-born son of enthusiastic athletics boosters, Bill considered himself a Cougar since birth. Supporting Cougar Athletics was especially important to the couple because they understood that much of the financing necessary to support a competitive athletics program must come from donated funds.

After Bill’s passing in 2006 and Faye’s recent passing in February 2011, their desire to contribute to an outstanding athletics experience at WSU was realized. Funds from their … » More …

Building A Better Future


Mary Crowell and Xyan Neider are building a better future for their families and themselves through the degrees they pursue at Washington State University.

As single moms, Mary and Xyan are immersed in busy lives and hectic schedules. They must strike the right balance between responsibilities at home and on campus. And they must find the appropriate financial balance to avoid burdensome debt while paying for their WSU education.

The Debbie T. Killinger Scholarship, administered through the College of Education, provided some of the needed balance in their lives and turned their financial stress into financial security, say Mary and Xyan.

Xyan loves learning … » More …

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