Fundraising campaign raises more than $17 million in honor of UW-Whitewater’s 150th anniversary

July 23, 2019

Written by Jeff Angileri |  Photo by Craig Schreiner

Students and Willie WarhawkExceeding its goal by more than $2 million, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is celebrating a successful conclusion to its Sesquicentennial Campaign. Launched in honor of the university’s 150th anniversary, the two-year fundraising campaign ended on June 30 with $17,025,959 in actual gifts and planned commitments.

“Congratulations are in order for the entire Warhawk family,” said Interim Chancellor Cheryl Green. “Our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends have worked together to share the story of how UW-Whitewater inspires, engages and transforms lives. This message has deeply resonated with donors who have generously given to the campaign and exceeded our expectations.

“The impact will be far-reaching and allow UW-Whitewater to work toward its vision to be a national and international leader in providing transformational and empowering educational experiences,” Green said. “With these funds, we will continue to eliminate barriers that prevent students from succeeding, and we will continue to offer an outstanding education at an exceptional value.”

More than $4.7 million of the campaign total will fund scholarships, helping UW-Whitewater recruit future Warhawks and reward them for their achievements, thereby reducing the financial burden on students and their families.

Critical programming that keeps students on a path to their degrees will receive more than $3.8 million — including campus tutorial services and the Warhawk Emergency Fund, which helps students stay enrolled despite financial emergencies.

UW-Whitewater’s championship-caliber athletic programs will receive more than $3.8 million to sustain their tradition of excellence. Warhawk intercollegiate sports have won 20 national team titles, and club teams have won 24 national championships.

Funds from the Sesquicentennial Campaign will also support colleges, departments, faculty development and UW-Whitewater strategic priorities.

“We are grateful to all those who donated to the campaign and we take great pride in being responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us,” Green said. “What began in 1868 as a teacher preparation school is now a vibrant university that reaches across the globe, and the funds from the Sesquicentennial Campaign will set us up for success as we enter our next 150 years.”