Class of 1973 Scholarship

An anonymous member of the class of 1973 will match all gifts to the Class of 1973 Scholarship, up to a total of $5,000, on Giving Day. The class scholarship supports need and assistance to help all students have access to a Mary Washington education.  Your gift today, on April 13 will help endow this special scholarship in honor of the Class of 1973 upcoming 50th reunion.  If the class scholarship reaches $25,000 in gifts by June 30, 2021 the class will get to meet their first scholarship recipient at their class dinner at Reunion Weekend.   

First Generation Scholarship

Some Mary Washington students are the first members of their family to attend college.  These first generation students often inspire others in their family to pursue a college education.  In the fall of 2020 nearly 200 students from the Class of 2024 were the first members of their family to attend college.  The First Generation Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are the first in their family to attend college to help them succeed on their educational journey.  

Today your gift to the First Generation Scholarship can be doubled!  Trenda Powell Jacocks ’82 will match all gifts to the First Generation Scholarship, up to $5,000 on Giving Day.  Make your gift to support first generation students and double the impact of your gift!

General Scholarship Fund

Nearly $2 million in donor-funded scholarships are awarded to more than 500 Mary Washington students each year. Yet the need for financial assistance is much greater. Nearly half of all undergraduates qualify for need-based aid. Many of these students would not be able to afford a college education without the support of the University's generous donors. Your gift to the General Scholarship Fund will help at-risk students stay in school, take on less debt, and graduate on-time. If you would prefer to designate your gift to a specific scholarship, please choose "Other" on the donation form and note the name of the scholarship in the text box provided. 

The General Scholarship Fund is used to augment other sources of financial aid. It gives us the flexibility to help students who are most vulnerable, those facing a financial crisis, or who need extra support. 

Technology Assistance Fund 

Last year, the University received CARES ACT funding to help support student's technology needs to ensure they were able to fulfill their course schedule and succeed. While the CARES ACT funding was greatly utilized, we know that this source of funding will not be here in future years, but the need will remain. Your gift to the Technology Assistance Fund helps eliminate the gap in access for students, equalizing their opportunity to perform at their highest potential.  The fund may assist students through a number of solutions, including the following:

  • internet access for remote students
  • access to specialized software
  • personal wifi or hotspots to ensure consistent internet access for coursework
  • the student laptop loan program

Gifts supporting our Technology Assistance Fund will make it possible for these students to successfully finish their course material.

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!
First Generation Scholarship Match
Trenda Powell Jacocks '82 will match all gifts to the First Generation Scholarship award, up to $5,000! Help make the Mary Washington experience possible for first-generation students with your gift today!
McClurken and Orr Technology Assistance Fund Match
Jeff McClurken ’94 and his wife Jennifer Orr ’95 will match all gifts made to the Technology Assistance Fund dollar-for-dollar up to $500. Support the Technology Assistance Fund today and double the impact of your gift!
Class of 1973 50th Reunion Scholarship Match
An anonymous alum will match all gifts made to the Class of 1973 50th Reunion Scholarship up to $5,000. Get your gift in early to double your donation!
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