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Scott T. Gallagher, University Vice President
Given the economic realities we are all facing, it is especially
rewarding for those of us who are committed to William Woods
University when we see the level of giving from our alumni and
friends in support of our mission as a nonprofit institution of
higher education. Our students are the reason WWU exists,
and it is for them that we seek funds to provide what tuition
alone does not cover.
Loyal donors are key to the educational process. Contributions
to the WWU Loyalty Fund provide direct benefits to current
and future students in the form of scholarships, the LEAD
Program, and campus amenities such as recreational areas
to provide safe and healthy activities for students outside
the classroom.
We often hear about “expensive” private schools, when, in
fact, schools such as WWU are truly affordable to students,
and they do not place a burden directly on the taxpayers. Did
you know that private non-profit colleges and universities
provide approximately 50 percent of all bachelor’s degrees
and 68 percent of all master’s degrees in Missouri?
Alumni and friends of the university can advance its mission
in more ways than by making a monetary donation alone.
Referring prospective students is a great help; after all, who
knows the value of a WWU education better than its alumni?
Another way you can support The Woods is through a bequest
gift. A staff member in his mid-40s recently informed us that he
was creating a will for the first time, and he noted how simple it
was to add WWU as a beneficiary while doing so. And
because he made us aware of the bequest, we were able to
thank him by including him in the Ivy Legacy Society.
An alumna made a similar decision years ago.
Edna Beane
’39, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., passed away at the age of
92 in April 2011. She was a longtime supporter of her alma
mater. She even named WWU as the nonprofit to which she
would like gifts to be made in her memory. In the mid-1990s
the university learned of Mrs. Young’s planned generosity
through her estate. Her estate plans called for her bequest
to be used to add to an endowed scholarship fund that was
created in her name. The Edna K. Beane Young
Scholarship will provide support to WWU undergraduate
students in perpetuity.
Starting a scholarship fund at William Woods is a great way
to show your support to the university that provided so much
to you as a student, and to pay it forward to students who
need your support today and in the future. It’s a great way to
participate in the success of your alma mater. Lee Iacocca,
noted business leader, said this about education and
philanthropy: “I was fortunate to get a scholarship when I
went to [college] ... Somebody was kind enough to spend
their money to educate people that they would never get to
know. That’s what I think philanthropy is about.”
It’s not too late to make a charitable contribution to WWU in
2011. Please use the envelope provided in this magazine
and ensure that your gift is postmarked by Dec. 31 or visit to make an online gift.
Whatever form your generosity takes, please know that we
at William Woods University appreciate your support, and
we thank you on behalf of our students.
For the latest on the Imagine Campaign, visit