College of Business
Support the College of Business on #MaryWashDay!

The College of Business offers programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  The undergraduate program builds on the Mary Washington tradition of a well-rounded education based in the liberal arts, with small classes that encourage direct interaction with expert faculty.  As other schools of business are just discovering the value of a solid grounding in the liberal arts for tomorrow’s leaders, UMW has a long history of teaching business-related subjects, dating back to 1919. Our program has been, and will remain, firmly rooted in its liberal arts foundation. We offer solid academic core curricula and innovative programming designed to meet the changing needs of the next generation of business leaders in the Fredericksburg region.


Today, our alumni are found in an amazing array of businesses, government agencies, schools, and not-for-profit organizations. Some have risen through the ranks to executive positions here and abroad, some are entrepreneurs running very successful enterprises, and some are teachers and professors. We are very proud of our heritage and excited about our future. We hope you will join us as we create the latest iteration of business education in the public liberal arts university that Mary Washington is becoming.


Why Support the College of Business?

Your gift today will support student scholarships and programming, making college more affordable, and helping gifted students to focus on their educational and professional goals. Your gift will help faculty to continue to engage our students in a relevant business education.


How Your Gift Will Help

Your gift to the College of Business or the College of Business Endowment will support programs like:

  • Professional development programs, including speed networking, resume workshops, and "dress for success" events that will prepare our students to stand out in the workforce.
  • Travel opportunities
  • Student research opportunities
  • Scholarships
  • Women in Business program

Option 2. Your gift to the Galen deGraff Scholarship will help endow a scholarship honoring Galen deGraff, Professor Emeritus:

Galen deGraff was a professor who taught business, but primarily finance, at UMW for 21 years beginning in the early 1990’s. Dr. deGraff’s teaching style and rigor had a lasting impact on students, propelling several to great successes in professional careers. 


Because of the impact Dr. deGraff had on them, a group of alumni aims to create an endowed scholarship in his name. An ancillary benefit of the scholarship is that when the endowment reaches $50,000, a classroom in Woodard Hall can be named for Dr. deGraff. This is the chance for you to help recognize the impact Dr. deGraff may have had on you.

Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
When we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, Mary Louise Holmes '97 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Philo Funk Rosenfeld ’72, 3000 Gifts Challenge
When we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Mary Wash Giving Day, Philo Funk Rosenfeld ‘72 will make a gift of $5,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington . Make your gift today and help us reach 3,000 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
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Young Alumni Council New Donor Challenge
When 150 young alumni (classes of 2010-2019) make their first-ever gift to UMW, the members of the Young Alumni Council will make a $1,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! Be one of the 150 to unlock this challenge!
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Class of 2020 Challenge
Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Lisa Jamison Bowling '89 is issuing a challenge to the senior class. When 100 gifts are received from members of the Class of 2020 on Mary Wash Giving Day, Lisa will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
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Beautiful Home Services Case Comp Match
Beautiful Home Services is proud to support the next generation of entrepreneurs by sponsoring this year's College of Business Case Competition. President Andrew Blate '04 is issuing a challenge to his fellow business owners: Make a gift to the College of Business on Giving Day, and his company will match it dollar-for-dollar, up to $6,000. Linda Blakemore '84, President and CEO of The Gemini 3 Group, Inc., Melinda May '91, CEO of Featherstone, and Dan Clendenin '07, Vice President of Cary Street Partners LLC, each will contribute an additional $1,000 to support student entrepreneurship and research within the College of Business, bringing the total match to $9,000! Make your gift to the College of Business to double your impact through this match!
Double Mocha Ya Ya Match
If you know ya know. Dr. Woody Richardson will match every gift of $5 or more to the College of Business 2:1 up to $500. Help unlock an additional $1,000 to the College of Business. Current students and alumni, support the COB today and triple your impact!
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Class Year Leaderboard
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Farrell First-Time Donor Challenge
Lynne ’62 and Paul Farrell are issuing a special challenge to inspire new donors to support Mary Washington. If we receive gifts from 1,000 first-time donors on Giving Day, we will unlock the Farrells’ $10,000 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington! This is the most ambitious Giving Day goal we have ever set, and we’re counting on our new donors—alumni, parents, students, family members, faculty, staff, and friends of the University—to unlock this challenge gift! Gifts of all amounts count toward the challenge—just be sure to select "Yes" when asked if this is your first-ever gift to the University when you make your gift!
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Margaret Birch '79 New Donor Challenge
When 250 alumni make their first-ever gift to UMW, a gift of $2,500 to the Fund for Mary Washington will be unlocked from alumna Margaret Birch '79. Alumni, make your first-ever gift and help unlock an additional $2,500 for our students!
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Lee ’04 and Karli Murray ’05 Married Alumni Challenge:
When 50 gifts are received from alumni who are married to other alumni, Lee and Karli will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington! Married alumni, make your gift to any area to help unlock an extra $1,000 to benefit students!
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Dr. Theresa and Dr. Bill Crawley 70’s Challenge
Dr. Theresa Young Crawley ‘77 and Dr. William B. Crawley, Jr. are challenging alumni from the 1970s! If 100 alumni from the 1970s make a gift on Mary Wash Giving Day, it will unlock a $25,000 gift from the Crawleys to support scholarships at Mary Washington.  Make your gift today and help increase the impact of your gift!
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COB 10th Birthday Match
All gifts made to the College of Business will be matched up to $10,000 by the COB Executive Advisory Board. COB alumni, give $10 for every year since you graduated!
Galen deGraff 2:1 Scholarship Match
Robert J. '96 and Sarah Gildersleeve Strassheim '01 will match all Giving Day gifts 2:1 to the Galen F. deGraff Scholarship, up to $2,500. Help unlock an additional $5,000 to the Galen deGraff Scholarship. Make a gift to the scholarship and triple your impact!
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