$ 426,865 raised 2,661 gifts
College of Business has raised $ 21,773 from 127 gifts!
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 its 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

Option 1.

Your gift to the College of Business will support programs like:

  • Professional Development Programs such as Speed Networking, Resume workshops, dress for success that will prepare our students to stand out in the workforce.
  • Academic Field Trips, i.e. we have travelled to NYC to meet with alumni at their place of work
  • Student Research Opportunities with faculty
  • 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 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.  The intention of the scholarship is to recognize the impact Dr. deGraff had on his students.  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.

College of Business Donors
Rank State Donors
1 VA 86
2 NC 6
3 MD 5
Galen deGraff Scholarship Match
An anonymous donor will match all gifts to the Galen deGraff Scholarship (College of Business), up to $5,000.
$4,350 MATCHED
Alumni Board 'Go for a Grand' Challenge
WE DID IT! 1,000 Gifts from Alumni = $10,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington from the Alumni Board! Thank you!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Virginia Colwell Read 1908 Challenge
WE MADE IT! Thank you, everyone, for helping reach 1,908 gifts in honor of Mary Washington's founding year! You made this a record-breaking day for Mary Washington and made a huge difference for UMW students and programs!
1,908 / 1,908 Gifts
Young Alumni A.M. Challenge
Challenge MET! Thank you, Classes of 2008-2017! You unlocked $2,500 for the Fund for Mary Washington!
100 / 100 Gifts
Young Alumni Happy Hour Challenge
If 50 gifts are received from the Classes of 2008-2017 between 4 and 8 p.m., the Young Alumni Council will give $1,000 to the Fund for Mary Washington.
50 / 50 Gifts
Barry Family Match for UMW Parents
Thank you, parents! The full $9,000 match has been met!
$9,000 / $9,000 Raised
Alumni Student Leader 2-for-1 Match
A group of alumni who served as Mary Washington student leaders will match gifts from students with a 2-for-1 gift to the Fund for Mary Washington, tripling their impact. Sponsored by Gwen Amory Cumming '52, Patti Boise Kemp '69, Jane Jackson Woerner '69, Kathi O'Neill '70, Trenda Powell Jacocks '82, Lee Ann Reaser '98, Jay Sinha '07, Jennifer Crystle '13, and Whitney Kiper '14.
$3,750 / $3,750 Raised
Class of 1968 "6 to 8" Match
Class of 1968, make a gift to any designation between 6 and 8 a.m. or 6 and 8 p.m. and Kathy Nagy Schabacker '68 and her husband Dennis will match it with an equal gift to the Amphitheatre restoration.
$2,500 / $2,500 Raised
Participation Leaderboard
Top areas of support by number of gifts
Rank Area of Support Gifts
1 UMW Athletics 809
2 College of Arts & Sciences 585
3 Fund for Mary Washington 452
4 UMW Theatre 375
5 Other 143
6 College of Business 127
7 Campus Recreation 102
8 College of Education 80
9 UMW Libraries 42
10 James Monroe Museum 41
11 Gari Melchers Home and Studio 30
12 UMW Galleries 19
Dollars Raised Leaderboard
Top areas of support by dollars raised
Rank Area of Support Raised
1 UMW Athletics $86,600.56
2 Fund for Mary Washington $73,657.03
3 College of Arts & Sciences $49,736.75
4 UMW Theatre $40,642.12
5 Other $36,804.08
6 College of Business $17,423.08
7 UMW Libraries $6,445.00
8 James Monroe Museum $5,430.00
9 College of Education $4,594.00
10 Campus Recreation $2,987.25
11 Gari Melchers Home and Studio $2,070.00
12 UMW Galleries $1,835.00
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