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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.

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!
Class Year Leaderboard
Which class is in the lead for total number of gifts?
UMW Class Year
Rank Answer Gifts
Participation Leaderboard
Which areas are seeing the highest participation?
Rank Department Gifts
1 Fund for Mary Washington 0
2 UMW Athletics 0
3 Scholarships and Endowments 0
4 College of Arts & Sciences 0
5 College of Business 0
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!
Dollars Raised Leaderboard
Which area is receiving the most funding?
Rank Department Raised
1 Fund for Mary Washington $0.00
2 UMW Athletics $0.00
3 Scholarships and Endowments $0.00
4 College of Arts & Sciences $0.00
5 College of Business $0.00
College of Business Donors
Rank State Gifts
1 NONE 0
1 AA 0
1 AE 0
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