Co-curricular Programs

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.

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. 


The Weekly Ringer 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.

Susan Leavitt ’83 1,000-Gift Challenge
Thank you to Susan Leavitt '83 and all of our donors! Let’s go for a grand! If we hit our target of 1,000 gifts by 1pm on Giving Day, a $3,000 challenge gift to the Fund for Mary Washington from Susan Leavitt ‘83 will be unlocked.
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Stough Family 250 New Donor Challenge sponsored by Michael ’86, Susan ’85 and Carolyn 2020
Thank you to the Stough Family and our first-time donors! When 250 individuals make their first-ever gift to the University of Mary Washington, the Stough Family will make a gift of $2,500 to the Fund for Mary Washington. Make your first-ever gift and help us unlock an additional $2,500 for our students!
250 / 250 Donors
Dan and Anne Steen Devil/Goat Challenge
Dan ’84 and Anne Steen ’83 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), Anne will make a $2,500 gift to the area Dan chooses. If more Devils participate than Goats, Dan will give $2,500 to the area Anne chooses. Watch the Devil-Goat Leaderboard throughout the day to track the competition live!
Are you a Devil or a Goat?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Goat 663
2 Devil 625
James Llewellyn Challenge for the 80s
Thank you James Llewellyn '87 and our 80s donors! James Llewellyn '87 wants to get in on the action too! He will match Mark Ingrao's $2,000 for a total of $4,000 to support UMW students and programs when we receive 80 gifts of $100 or more from members of the 80s! Members of 1980-1989 make your gift today and increase the impact of your gift!
80 / 80 Gifts
Giving Day Gift Leaderboard
Which fund will achieve the most gifts?
Rank Fund Designation Gifts
1 UMW Theatre 333
2 Fund for Mary Washington 249
3 Men's Rugby 88
4 Cedric B. Rucker '81 S.O.S. Fund 85
5 CAS Beyond the Classroom Endowment 76
Giving Day Dollar Leaderboard
Which fund will raise the most dollars?
Rank Fund Designation Raised
1 Fund for Mary Washington $77,698.99
2 UMW Theatre $28,513.72
3 CAS Beyond the Classroom Endowment $25,755.00
4 Men's Tennis $13,735.00
5 English - Carlton R. Lutterbie, Jr. Scholarship $13,275.00
#TogetherUMW Dollars Raised Leaderboard
When all groups of the Mary Wash community band together we can do amazing things.
Affiliation with UMW
Rank Answer Amount
1 Alumni $306,993.83
2 Parent of a current student $57,116.00
3 Other/Friend of UMW $40,531.32
4 Current faculty/staff $28,613.50
5 Parent of an alum $16,800.00
6 Retired faculty/staff $15,475.00
7 Current student (Senior) $2,220.22
8 Current student (non-senior) $1,088.00
Class Year Gift Total Leaderboard
Which class year will have the most gifts?
UMW Class Year
Rank Answer Gifts
1 2014 49
2 2019 40
3 1994 39
4 1995 38
5 1977 36
6 2005 35
7 1982 35
8 2020 34
9 2015 33
10 1998 32
11 1983 30
12 2018 30
13 2017 29
14 2007 29
15 2006 28
Lynda White '71 Challenge for 1,908 gifts
Thank you Lynda White '71 and our donors! If we reach 1,908 gifts by 5pm, in honor of our founding year, Lynda White '71 will make a gift of $5,000 to Mary Washington. Make your gift today and help us reach 1,908 gifts to unlock an additional $5,000!
Brenda Franklin '72 Senior Class Challenge
Thank you Brenda and our senior class donors! Brenda Franklin '72, is celebrating her 50th reunion this year and is challenging the senior class, Class of 2022. If 50 seniors make a gift to any area on Giving Day, Brenda will unlock a $2,500 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington. Seniors, make a gift today and increase the impact of your gift!
50 / 50 Gifts
Mark Ingrao ’81 Challenge for the 80s
Thank you Mark Ingrao '81 and our 80s donors! Movies, music, fashion – everything was great in the 80s. Help make Mary Washington Giving Day just as great with your gift to support students and programs. If UMW receives 80 gifts of $100 or more from any of the 80s class members, it will unlock a challenge gift of $2,000 from Mark Ingrao ’81. Help keep the 80s in the spotlight!
80 / 80 Gifts
UMW Debate Distinguished Alumni Challenge
Thank you to all of our Debate Team donors! 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!
50 / 50 Gifts
Giving Day Donor Leaderboard
See which area will bring in the most donors!
Rank Department Donors
1 Athletics 584
2 College of Arts and Sciences 491
3 UMW Theatre 282
4 Fund for Mary Washington 229
5 Cedric B. Rucker '81 S.O.S. Fund 84
#TogetherUMW Participation Leaderboard
When all groups of the Mary Wash community band together we can do amazing things.
Affiliation with UMW
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumni 1,340
2 Other/Friend of UMW 330
3 Parent of a current student 301
4 Current faculty/staff 275
5 Parent of an alum 133
6 Current student (Senior) 51
7 Retired faculty/staff 50
8 Current student (non-senior) 49
Class Year Total Leaderboard
Which class year will raise the most funds?
UMW Class Year
Rank Answer Amount
1 1969 $21,800.00
2 1971 $16,070.00
3 1968 $13,318.00
4 1981 $12,450.00
5 1982 $10,890.00
6 1977 $10,200.00
7 1997 $8,875.00
8 1976 $8,585.00
9 1970 $7,775.00
10 2007 $7,520.00
11 1995 $7,110.00
12 1994 $6,997.50
13 1993 $6,325.00
14 1974 $6,075.00
15 1964 $6,050.00
Co-Curricular Programs Leaderboard
Track what each program has raised today!
Rank Fund Designation Raised
1 Debate Team $6,640.14
2 Honors Program $1,125.00
3 The Weekly Ringer $350.00
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