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CougParents Program

A tradition of building life and leadership for all WSU students

The CougParents Program is a way for parents to actively engage in the success of WSU students. The program is comprised of fundraising and volunteering elements.

Make A Gift to the CougParents Fund

CougParents Fund

The fund retains donor investments for impactful funding to organizations providing WSU students opportunities to immerse themselves into the WSU community.  It supports programs and experiences which may pertain to what the students study in the classroom, or they may help enrich students through volunteerism, social interactions, or educational opportunities outside the classroom.  Speakers, events, theatre, music, even computers to check out for those students who can’t afford their own – all of these activities and programs help enhance the student experience at WSU.  Join hundreds of Cougar parents by making a secure online gift today to the CougParents Fund, you can positively impact your student’s educational experience and that of the entire student body.

During the 2017-18 academic year, the CougParents Program awarded $48,500 of support to student organizations and programs, and funded five academic scholarships.

CougParents Advisory Board

A volunteer advisory board made up of vested, current WSU parents across the country who understand the importance of the student experience outside the classroom. The board is founded in philanthropy, student interests, and Cougar spirit. Members network with other parents and inspire support for the WSU experience. Advisory board members annually support the CougParents Fund at the leadership level of $1,000. They are actively engaging in our students’ success and receive invitations to special events.

Meet the current CougParents Advisory Board members.

Advisory Board Activities
The CougParents Advisory Board meets twice a year in Pullman—during Dad’s Weekend and Mom’s Weekend—to engage in dialogue to help parents and to award resources from the CougParents Fund to student groups and programs across the University.

  1. Parent Outreach: Board members reach out and welcome new parents in the fall semester to seek feedback on their experiences and concerns and provide the opportunity to ask questions about the WSU experience. Board members will be asked to phone or email 20 families.
  2. Stewardship: Board members reach out to all parents who make gifts to WSU to offer thanks and engage them in CougParents activities.
  3. Encourage Participation: Board members are asked to communicate with new parents to explain the purpose, impact, and necessity of the CougParents Fund and to request parent support of the program.

Would you like to get involved with the CougParents Advisory Board? Sign up online here.

Please note: A portion of each donation may be used to increase and sustain the CougParents Fund endowment for the future benefit of Registered Student Organizations. For more information, contact us at 509-335-6686 or

Donor questions, please contact:
JJ Oliver
Assistant Director
WSU Foundation, Annual Giving

RSO’s/grant seeker questions, please contact:
Kari Sampson
Assistant Director
Student Affairs, Marketing & Communications

Washington State University Foundation
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