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CougParents Fund

The 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 $97,000 in resources from the CougParents Fund in support of the following programs:

African Friendship Association

$500 was awarded to the African Friendship Association for their annual Mom’s Weekend event, African Night, which promotes a positive image of the African culture through a series of dances, skits, and spoken word.


$10,000 assisted Alive! with the cost of student matriculation and parent orientation fees for those who demonstrated financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid through students’ Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

American Nihonjin Organization

$200 helped make the Cherry Blossom Festival possible.  This festival is a traditional Japanese festival to celebrate the coming of spring.

Association of Bangladeshi Students and Scholars

$1,000 was awarded to help fund International Mother Language Day, an annual observance recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity as well as multilingualism.


$1,000 was awarded to ASWSU Ku-Ah-Mah in support of their effort to raise awareness of the Native American culture at WSU through their annual Pah-Loots-Pu Pow Wow.

Black Student Union

$5,000 will help fund the Black History Month lecture series on February 19, 2014, featuring distinguished guest speaker, Nikki Giovanni.

Cable 8 Productions

$1,000 purchased software and a computer, helping Cable 8 Productions upgrade to the new technologies utilized in the broadcast industry.

Center for Advising and Career Development

$4,050 will help fund the “Be A Star- Etiquette Dinner”. This career preparation and etiquette dinner will serve 250 or more students and teach them how to dress for success; how to handle sticky dining situations at networking events and job interviews; and how to make a positive impression on a potential employer.


$1,000 awarded to ChiLasTal for the Semama de la Raza, an annual event held in the spring to celebrate the Chicano Latino community, culture, art, and history.

Creative Media & Digital Culture Program

$5,000 was awarded to bring Cathy Davidson to the WSU Vancouver campus.  She will be giving a series of public lectures on topics surrounding her book, Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century.

Coalition for Women Students

$10,000 will help fund the Week of Women Speakers and the Women’s Recognition Luncheon.

Dad of the Year Selection Committee

$4,000 was awarded to the Dad of the Year Selection Committee in support of the Dad of the Year brunch at which the winning dad is revealed.

The Daily Evergreen

$4,000 purchased new cameras and lenses to help update technology needed for the Daily Evergreen to better serve its readers.

Fulbright Academy

$1,000 will help with costs associated with the Fulbright Academy’s welcome reception, seminars, and forum.  These events are designed to inform students and faculty about the opportunities for Fulbright scholarships and fellowships.

Hui Hau’oli ’O Hawai’I (Hawai’I Club)

$1,000 was awarded to Hui Hau’oli ‘O Hawai’I for their Mom’s Weekend Lu’au.

Honors Student Advisory Council

$300 will help cover the costs associated with the Honor Student Advisory Council’s Mom’s Weekend breakfast.

Indian Students Association

$500 was awarded to help fund India Night.  This event showcases the culture and traditions of different regions in India. India Night is filled with entertainment including colorful performances, historical presentations, fashion shows, and traditional Indian cuisine.

It Starts Now

$1,200 will help fund It Starts Now, a project designed to promote acceptance and bring together the WSU campus through sharing of personal experiences and stories.

Jazz Society at WSU

$1,500 was awarded to bring in a guest artist to perform at WSU in the spring of 2014.

La Hermandad de O eMe Te

$1,750 was awarded to assist in funding the Brown Style dance and the Day of the Dead event to help unite WSU students from all different cultural backgrounds.

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

$1,500 will help fund 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.

Middle Eastern Student Association

$1,000 was awarded to the Middle Eastern Student Association to help fund their Middle Eastern Pride Night which was designed to expose WSU students to the Middle Eastern culture.

Mom of the Year Awards Committee

$4,000 was funded to support of the Mom’s Weekend Mom of the Year Brunch at which the winning mom is revealed.

Muslim Student Association

$1,000 was awarded to the Muslim Student Association in support of their Islam Awareness Week—a week long series of lectures and workshops to raise awareness about Islam and issues related to Muslims.

Pacific Islanders Club

$1,000 was funded for the Pacific Islanders Club’s cultural exhibition that includes dance performances, music, storytelling, and displays of cultural objects from throughout the Pacific region.

Professional Pharmacy Student Organization

$1,500 was awarded to the Professional Pharmacy Student Organization to help organization members attend the Pharmacy Legislative Day in Olympia, WA.

Safe is Sexy and Cougar Health Awareness Team

$2,500 will help fund a “Week of Wellness” event for the WSU student body.  This is a hybrid event that promotes healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors, both online and in person.

Salmon Creek Journal

$500 will assist in brining members of the community to WSU as speakers and educational resources to provide students invaluable information related to their studies, passions, and future plans.

Student Entertainment Board Cougfest

$5,000 funded Cougfest—an outdoor concert for all WSU students.

Student Entertainment Board Springfest

$7,500 was awarded to for Springfest—an outdoor festival, complete with games and rides, open to all WSU students free of charge.

University Recreation- Intramural Sports

$5,000 purchased championship t-shirts for University Recreation to award intramural sports teams who won their divisions.

Wazzu Films

$1,500 was awarded to help fund the production of three microfilms as a preparatory step to producing a longer (40 minute) film that will be critiqued.

Women’s Transit and Campus Walking Services

$4,300 Assisted Women’s Transit with cost acquired from recruiting approximately 150 student volunteers to provide transportation or a walking partner for WSU students in effort to prevent sexual assault on campus.

WSU Common Reading Program

$2,000 will help bring the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, WSU’s 2013-14 Common Reading selection, Kathryn Schulz, to campus to give the Common Reading Invited Lecture on February 24, 2014. Her day on campus will include a student question-and-answer session at the CUB in the afternoon and a public evening talk at Beasley Coliseum.

WSU Performing Arts

$3,000 was awarded to help fund two productions—Griffin Theatre Company’s “Letters Home” and the American Place Theatre’s “Literature to Life”. Letters Home puts the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. Without politicizing, the play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in an ongoing war. In honor of Black History Month, “Literature to Life” stage presentation of “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” is a solo play based on the autobiography of Harriet Jacobs (published c. 1861), who as protagonist illuminates the traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children.


$1,500 will fund a leadership weekend retreat for student leaders. This weekend provides training for YMCA student leaders on working with youth, risk management, volunteer leadership development, and includes a strong team-building component.

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 at509-335-6686


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