Co-curricular Programs

*This photo was taken pre-pandemic.

The Blue and Gray Press is currently the only student-run publication on campus, so it plays a vital role in our campus community. Many students utilize the newspaper to express opinions, build portfolios and to gain experience. In addition to serving as a vital component of the journalism special major and journalism minor, the newspaper extends an experiential learning opportunity to students of all majors to gain experience in writing, interviewing, investigating, photography, editing, layout and design, digital studies, marketing, and management. The generosity of donors will help support the free student press at UMW. Donations will directly aid the production of the print and online editions of the newspaper through the purchasing of much-needed equipment, including office supplies and cameras. Donations will also help improve the quality of articles by covering the cost of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

*This photo was taken pre-pandemic.

The UMW Debate Team competes at regional and national policy debate tournaments and provides public debate programming for the UMW community throughout the year on issues like social media, gun violence, and election reform. We offer opportunities to students of all levels of experience and varying academic interests to learn valuable research, media literacy, speaking, and advocacy skills. In any given year, our debaters prepare and deliver over 100 hours of speeches!

With your gift to UMW Debate on Giving Day, you will help ensure those opportunities continue to be available to all our students by supporting tournament travel and hosting, technology, and student financial assistance.

*This photo was taken pre-pandemic.

The Honors Program at the University of Mary Washington prepares high-achieving students through thought-provoking curriculum and experiential learning opportunities, extended research and creative projects, and community service that enhances their development as leaders.  

Your generous gift will enable us to support high quality educational experiences for academically motivated undergraduates. Honors courses and experiences connect students with exceptional faculty, peers, and the community. Your support will enable the Honors Program staff to provide engaging field trips, send students to state and regional Honors conferences, and support community service, research, and study abroad opportunities. 


See what people are sharing about Mary Wash Giving Day!
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!
Honors Match
For 24 hours, your gift to UMW’s Honors Program will have double the impact! Each Giving Day gift of $50 or less will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Honors Advisory Board. Your $50 gift will become $100, your $25 gift will become $50, and so on. Gifts of all sizes are valued and all will help the Honors Program achieve its goal of 50 gifts on Giving Day. Pay it forward and double your impact!
UMW Debate Distinguished Alumni Challenge
Unlock an extra $1,000 for the Debate Team if UMW Debate receives 50 gifts. Made possible by the generosity of an anonymous Distinguished Alumni Donor!
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Class Year Total Leaderboard
Which class year has raised the most money?
#AllTogetherUMW Leaderboard
When all groups of the Mary Wash community band together we can do amazing things.
Co-Curricular Programs Leaderboard
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