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CougParents Fund

A student’s WSU experience is shaped by so much more than what tuition covers. WSU depends on private gifts to continue to provide an excellent undergraduate experience. Gifts to the CougParents Fund enrich student life by supporting programs, organizations, and special initiatives on campus that engage students.

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.

Proceeds from the CougParents Fund support student groups and programs that enrich student life. In 2013 the CougParents Advisory Board, a team of WSU parents dedicated to the growth and success of our students, allocated nearly $85,500 in resources from the CougParents Fund in support of the following programs:

ASCC and Women’s Resource Center

$8,000 was awarded for the Make it Big Career Night. The Make it Big Career Night is a career preparation event which teaches students how to dress for success, handle sticky dining situations at networking events and job interviews, and how to make an impression to find a place in the workforce.

Associated Students of Washington State University Vancouver

$350 will help students on campus gain access to power sources. The Legacy Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Associated Students of Washington State University senate, aims to provide a gift to the campus that will benefit student life each academic year. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Legacy Committee would like to provide charging stations to students who may not regularly have access to a power source while on campus.

Association of Bangladeshi Students and Scholars

$500 was awarded to help fund International Mother Language Day events. Languages are who we are; by protecting them, we protect ourselves. Celebration of International Mother Language Day will promote awareness of linguistic, cultural diversity and multilingualism among WSU students.

Athletic Training Club

$500 will assist in hosting a 5k fun run fundraising event to send students to a district meeting in hopes of networking. The Athletic Training Club strives to promote networking opportunities for all those interested in the sports and health sciences.

Center for Civic Engagement

$1,000 was awarded to help fund the Pen Friends program. The WSU Pen Friends program facilitates WSU student engagement in the local community through a letter exchange and classroom mentorship with children in Whitman County elementary schools to promote literacy and penmanship skills.


$1,000 was awarded to help with the costs of Semana de La Raza, an event in which all of the active organizations under ChiLaStAl come together for a week full of events that celebrate the Chicano Latino community, culture, art, history, and heritage on campus.

Coalition for Women Students

$9,500 will help in funding events taking place during Women’s History Month. CWS sets the foundation for women to embrace opportunities and become leaders in the WSU student body, the Pullman community, and their lives beyond academia. CWS is not just a student organization that promotes women rights and leadership; it also incorporates communication, organization, and professional development for all members.

Cougar Health Awareness Team-CHAT

$2,000 was awarded to help fund The Week of Wellness, a week filled with events dedicated to promoting healthy living for every college student. From diet, to sleep, to partying, to relationships, this event provides fun and interactive information for our community.

Cougar Money Management Program

$1,000 will help educate students on financial decisions; Washington State University’s Cougar Money Management Program (CMMP) has been created to assist WSU students in making informed financial decisions before, during, and after college.

Creative Media and Digital Culture Program

$5,000 will assist in funding live performances and art installations. This project represents a collaboration among students at WSUV, the Willamette Radio Workshop (WRW), Kiggins Theatre, and Nouspace & Angst Galleries that includes 1) two live radio performances for the community at the historic Kiggins Theatre (downtown Vancouver) and 2) two digital art exhibits with student created art installations accompanying the themes of the radio shows at nearby Nouspace and Angst Galleries.

Dad of the Year Award for Dad’s Weekend

$4,000 will fund the Dad of the Year Award Breakfast. The purpose of this organization is to provide a fair and objective means of awarding the Dad of the Year prize, which has existed, in some form, since 1946. The selection committee is a cross section of students from all living areas, and various governmental organizations, including R.H.A. The ASWSU Senate, and Greek Life, as well as off campus. Staff, and Graduate students also make up a component of the committee; all applications are scored by this committee, and the award is presented at the Dad of the Year Breakfast, on the Saturday of Dad’s Weekend.

First-Year Focus Living-Learning Community Program

$1,500 was awarded to help with The Faculty Dining Program which provides freshmen students the opportunity to dine with a First-Year Focus faculty member in the campus dining centers, encouraging the kinds of one-on-one, informal conversations that have been shown to impact student persistence in college.

Friends of KZUU

$500 was awarded to help Friends of KZUU present Kazzuapalousa, a music festival showcasing the best in local alternative music, as well as alternative music from the Pacific Northwest that the community of Pullman might not otherwise have access to. The festival would also be a chance for artists without a major platform to be showcased and reach a wider audience.

Fulbright Academy

$1,000 will assist in funding Fulbright Seminars. The WSU Fulbright Seminars are an opportunity for students to come and hear student and faculty Fulbrighters share their experiences during their Fulbright year. It is a great networking event where you can learn about the world of possibilities available through Fulbright.

Indian Students Association

$500 will help fund India Night, which showcases the culture and traditions from different regions of India. The night is filled with performances, historical presentations, and traditional Indian cuisine.

La Hermandad De O eMe Te (Brownstyle)

$1,000 was awarded to help host Brownstyle, A free and enjoyable dance opened to the entire student body and the community, no matter the background.

La Hermandad De O eMe Te (Day of the Dead)

$750 was awarded to help fund, A Celebration of Life: Latin American Culture of the Day of the Dead, Día de Los Muertos.

LandEscapes Literature and Fine Arts Journal

$1,000 was awarded to aid in representing culture in the WSU community. LandEscapes is the creative perpetuation of the WSU student body. It is our purpose to give voice to the artistic minority in an analytical majority.

LandEscapes/Visiting Writers Series

$500 will help in sending students to an editing and publishing workshop, which prepares students for jobs in the worlds of magazine, internet, and book publishing.

Mom of the Year Committee

$4,000 will help the Mom of the Year Award & Mom’s Weekend Brunch. In conjunction WSU Mom’s Weekend following the brunch portion of the program the WSU Mom of the Year will be announced and honored.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chican @ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.)

$1,500 will help pay for the Mom’s Weekend Banquet, an annual event on Mom’s Weekend designed to celebrate and honor mothers by recognizing the sacrifices they make for their students.

New Student Programs-Alive!

$10,000 will help pay to facilitate the new student program. WSU’s orientation program, called Alive! is a three day, two night program for new, incoming students and their parents. During the program, students not only meet with a faculty advisor, set up their fall course schedule and register for classes, but meet other WSU students (current and new), explore the campus, learn about involvement opportunities, and sample university life for a few days.

Pacific Islanders Club

$1,000 will help the Pacific Islanders Club’s put on their annual cultural exhibition lu’au. The lu’au consists of is a “dinner and a show” that includes traditional dance performances, music, storytelling, and displays of cultural objects from throughout the Pacific region.

Professional Pharmacy Student Organization

$1,000 was awarded to help in sending students to Olympia for Pharmacy Legislative Day, providing students the opportunity to actively influence any changes to higher education as well as the profession of pharmacy through direct interaction with our state’s senators and representatives. It provides an excellent educational experience that can impact our state beyond our university.

Riverpoint Interprofessional Education & Research

$1,000 will help fund The IP Odyssey, a technology enabled team building event where interprofessional teams of health sciences students download a set of challenges on their smart phones and complete as many challenges as possible in the time allotted. The challenges are designed to help new students find their way around campus, practice communication skills, learn about being a future health care provider and have fun getting to know one another.

School of Economic Sciences Graduate Student Association

$600 will assist in funding a poster competition. The SESGSA Annual Poster Competition allows graduate students studying Economics to present their research to faculty and other students, as well as to prepare their research for presentation at professional conferences. The highest quality posters and research are then awarded travel grants, in order to aid the students in presenting their work to their peers.

Society of Information Management

$500 will help students attend various events; A Society of Information Management Club dedicated to offering students the chance to network with high level executives in the local Oregon and Washington area.

STAGE: Student Theater

$2,000 will aid in raising funds in order for fifteen students to travel to the American College Theatre Festival in February. This conference consists of many workshops and master classes where students develop their skills to improve the quality of college theatre at WSU.

Student Entertainment Board-Cougfest

$5,000 was awarded to aid in funding Cougfest, an annual event that is completely free and targeted towards the student body. It is a culmination of events ending with a large-scale outdoor concert that takes place during the Week of Welcome on Glenn Terrell Mall.

Student Entertainment Board-Springfest

$7,500 will assist in funding Springfest, a large two day festival starting on Friday night with live music, a newly incorporated arts section, carnival rides, carnival games as well as food, ending in a large scale concert inside of Beasley Coliseum on Saturday night. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the University and the Pullman community.

University Recreation

$5,000 was awarded to go towards Intramural Sports. The Intramural Sports program is comprised of traditional team and individual sports with leagues and playoffs, as well as weekend tournament activities. The program provides an environment where students have the opportunity to gather with others and participate in various sport and leisure activities, regardless of skill level.

Women’s Transit and Campus Walking Services

$4,300 was awarded to help fund the Women’s Transit and Campus Walking Services, a sexual assault and violence risk-reduction program. The program offers free rides anywhere in Pullman and free walking escorts on campus to those who would otherwise walk alone at night.

WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program

$500 will help the Distinguished Scholarships Program advertiser guides students in the preparation for and the application process to compete for national scholarships such as the Fulbright, Boren, Rhodes, Marshall, Gates Cambridge and Mitchell Scholarships.

WSU Performing Arts

$2,000 was awarded to put on “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder in December. WSU Performing Arts (WSUPA) promotes cultural and artistic connections for WSU and surrounding communities through the presentation of live theatre and music concerts at the Jones and Wadleigh Theatres inside Daggy Hall and at Beasley Coliseum, bringing professional artists of the highest quality, to perform on the Palouse.


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



CougParents Program Funding Application


The 2017-18 CougParents Program Funding Application is open now! The application period runs from March 27 – May 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. The awarding period for the 2017-18 school year will begin in August 2017.

Please follow this link to the 2017-18 CougParents Program Funding Application

Please contact JJ Oliver at or 509-335-8881 with any questions. Thank you and GO COUGS!

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