College of Arts and Sciences

The departments and programs of the College of Arts and Sciences are the heart of our liberal arts education at Mary Washington, supporting student learning both in and outside of the classroom. 

To continue and grow support for student learning opportunities, the College of Arts and Sciences aims to build a $1 million endowed fund – Beyond the Classroom: An Endowment for Student Research and Learning. Reaching the $1 million goal will enable the College of Arts and Sciences to provide approximately $40,000 every year to support high-impact student learning experiences that take our students beyond the classroom. 

After reaching our first milestone of $100,000 in fall 2020, our goal is to reach $250,000 in 2021, all to help support future UMW students in their experiential learning. 

Your gift will provide support to students in the following activities: 

  • High quality, yet often unpaid, internships 
  • Study-away and study-abroad experiences 
  • Independent research projects 
  • Registration for, and often travel to, conferences to present research findings 
  • the annual Summer Science Institute research program 

You can support this CAS endeavor, as well as donate directly to the departments or programs of your choice by choosing from the menu on the giving form.

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Jay and Miriam's 540 Challenge
Show your love for the 540 (F'burg's area code, in case you forgot)! Jay Sinha '07 and Miriam McCue '16 are calling on their fellow alums (pun intended) to give on Giving Day. If we reach 540 gifts by 9:00 a.m., we will unlock their $1,540 gift to UMW. Get up early with Jay and Miriam and ANSWER THE CALL by making your morning gift!
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Susan Leavitt ’83 1,000-Gift Challenge:
Let’s go for a grand by lunchtime! If we hit our target of 1,000 gifts by noon on Giving Day, a $3,000 challenge gift to the Fund for Mary Washington from Susan Leavitt ‘83 will be unlocked.
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Mary Louise Holmes '97 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
if we reach 1,908 gifts, in honor of our founding year, by 5 p.m., 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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Strassheim 3,000 Gift Challenge
Robert J. '96 and Sarah Gildersleeve Strassheim '01 have been Mary Wash Giving Day supporters since the very beginning! This year, they’re challenging everyone who loves Mary Washington to join them in giving back. If we reach our goal of 3,000 gifts on Giving Day, Rob and Sarah will give $9,000 to support the Fund for Mary Washington and student scholarships – AND they will pledge an additional $36,000 in the coming years. When you make a gift of any amount to any area on Giving Day, you will put us one step closer to unlocking the Strassheim Challenge, multiplying your impact for UMW students!
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Young Alumni Gift Challenge
When we receive 300 gifts from young alumni donors (graduates of 2011-2020) to any area, the Young Alumni Council (YAC) will unlock a gift of $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington. If we receive 600 gifts YAC will unlock an additional $2,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington for a total of $3,000. Graduates of the Last Decade, increase the impact of your gift with this challenge!
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Adenan Devil-Goat Challenge
Abas ’85 and Eileen Brown Adenan ’88 are taking their Devil-Goat rivalry to a new level. If more Goats (alumni of even class years) make Giving Day gifts than Devils (alumni of odd years), Abas will make a $2,500 gift to the area Eileen chooses. If more Devils participate than Goats, Eileen will give $2,500 to the area Abas chooses. Watch the Devil-Goat Leaderboard throughout the day to track the competition live!
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English Scholarship 2:1 Match
Lucy Lutterbie ’70 will match all gifts to the Carlton Lutterbie Scholarship, up to $6,000. For every $1 you give, Lucy will give $2 and triple your impact on students majoring in English. To designate your gift to the scholarship and qualify for this match, choose “College of Arts and Sciences” as your Area of Support and “English-Carlton R. Lutterbie Jr. Scholarship” as your Fund Designation. Help unlock an extra $12,000 to the Carlton R. Lutterbie Jr. Scholarship with your gift today!
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Jack and Mary Lou Kramer Match for Political Science and International Affairs
Professor Jack Kramer and his wife Mary Lou will match all gifts to the Political Science and International Affairs department on Mary Wash Giving Day, up to $2,021. This is your chance to DOUBLE your impact! To qualify for this match, choose "College of Arts and Sciences" as your Area of Support and "Political Science and International Affairs Department" as your Fund Designation.
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Elizabeth A. Clark Lecture Fund Match
Dr. Barbara Price Wallach ’68 and an anonymous donor are teaming up to match all gifts to the Elizabeth A. Clark Lecture Fund on Giving Day, up to $1,000. Your gift will help to fund the lecture series addressing women, gender, and Early Christianity and its many intersections with classical studies and philosophy. The fund is named in honor of Dr. Clark, who founded UMW’s Religion department in 1964 The fund is named in honor of Dr. Clark, who founded UMW’s Religion department in 1964 and served as the first chair of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion in 1979. To designate your gift to the Lecture Fund, choose College of Arts and Sciences as the department and Elizabeth A. Clark Lecture Fund as the designation.
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Kramer-Mellinger BTC Challenge
Retired long-time faculty member and chair of Political Science and International Affairs, Dr. Jack Kramer, has teamed up with Dean Keith Mellinger to match any gift, dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000, made to the Beyond the Classroom Endowment. Make your gift on April 13, and double your impact.
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Earth and Environmental Science $1,000 Match
The Sierra Club and an anonymous supporter, together will match dollar-for-dollar any gift made to Earth and Environmental Science up to $1,000. To have your gift matched, choose "College of Arts and Sciences" as your Area of Support and "Earth and Environmental Science" as your Fund Designation. Make your gift today and have your gift doubled!
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Littlefield Geography Match
Keith '79 and Ellen Erskine Littlefield '79 will match all gifts made to the Geography Alumni Scholarship dollar-for-dollar! To qualify for this match, choose "College of Arts and Sciences" as your Area of Support and "Geography Alumni Scholarship" as your Fund Designation. DOUBLE your impact with your gift to support Geography students!
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