Washington College began with a gift because George Washington understood the importance of education in building the nation’s next generation of leaders. His vision is our legacy, and continuing it is our responsibility.
Our students thrive on scholarship support. Through the generosity of our alumni, parents, and friends, WC undergraduates are able to begin journeys of purpose and passion. Your support helps our students enter the next phase in their lives with less debt and more possibilities.
The Office of College Advancement stewards Washington College’s alumni, parents, and friends, securing their support as donors, volunteers, and advisers to help the President, the Board of Visitors and Governors, the faculty and staff, and the students implement the mission of Washington College.
The Washington Fund provides the College with the flexibility to meet our most pressing needs and respond to new opportunities while empowering talented students through scholarships, supporting a wide range of academic and co-curricular programs, beautifying our historic campus, and nurturing student-faculty collaborations.
Our Top 3 Questions
Is it true that a high alumni giving percentage enhances WC’s national ranking?
It’s true! Graduates who give back to their alma mater send a strong message to external reviewers and potential applicants that Washington College is a worthy investment. High alumni participation can also increase the likelihood of government grant approval. And at WC, it can earn your class a trophy through the Count Me In Campaign.
When I make a gift at The 1782 Society Level ($1500+), am I supporting The Washington Fund?
That depends. The 1782 Society is a community of donors who have given a total of $1,500 or more to any designation at Washington College during one fiscal year — July 1 to June 30. Every gift to the College is deeply appreciated, though many 1782 Society members choose to give all or a portion of their contribution to The Washington Fund because it benefits all students.
What is the endowment?
The Washington College Endowment is comprised of diversely invested funds that were donated for general operations or a specific purpose, like a scholarship or professorship. The current approved Endowment Spending Rate is 5% of the average market value unless other instructions were specified by the donor. These annual funds support each and every student’s education.