Annual gifts of any size are integral to meeting the scholarship challenge. When your gift is combined with thousands of other gifts from alumni, parents and friends, our students benefit greatly.
Highest priorities, highest purpose
The Fund for Gonzaga serves as a critical source of funding for the University’s highest priorities and directly supports the complete academic experience by focusing on three core pillars: scholarships, faculty and student experience. Currently, the University’s highest priority will be to increase scholarship support for Gonzaga students to be able to attend and complete their Gonzaga education – a key tenet of the Gonzaga Scholarship Challenge. Your gifts to the Fund for Gonzaga ensure that talented and deserving students have the opportunity to earn a degree at Gonzaga while simultaneously supporting their learning environment. Gifts to the Great Teachers Program remain a vital component to meeting the University’s need and will be directed to the Fund for Gonzaga, which is the University’s top annual giving priority supporting the overall student experience.
Bridging the gap, one scholarship at a time
Support students from your region who have the highest financial need and who are often first-generation college students. National studies show that many of these students can be deterred from enrolling in a four-year college or university because of fear of debt and inability to pay. Learn more about the Gonzaga Scholars Program recipients at www.gonzaga.edu/GSP.
Providing a means for education
Ninety-seven percent of Gonzaga students receive merit or need-based financial support. Your gift to the General Scholarship Fund or Regional Scholarships (originated through local alumni chapters) ensures students closest to your community have access to a Gonzaga education.
While Gonzaga has taken a number of steps to keep a Gonzaga education affordable, the single most effective way to ensure that deserving students are able to enroll at the University regardless of financial ability is through significant annual commitments and the development of endowed scholarship funds. Your leadership-level gift to any of these funds provides long-term benefit to students.
The University’s single greatest need is scholarship assistance for our students. With both annual and endowed commitments (over $25,000) to the Completion Fund, students who need immediate financial help will have access to more scholarships and emergency funding. The Completion Fund will provide for the students who might otherwise have to drop out of school or forfeit college altogether due to financial need.
Your generosity through endowing a scholarship with a minimum commitment of $25,000 does more than create opportunity for one student. You strengthen the endowment and alleviate reliance on the operating budget, which is critical to Gonzaga's future. By endowing a scholarship, you affirm values core to the Jesuit mission – that the dreams of talented and deserving students should not be held back by an inability to pay.
Gonzaga University offers work opportunities that are designed to help offset the cost of education while providing students with valuable work experience. Recent budget cuts to the Washington State Work Study Program affect 30% of Gonzaga students who are eligible for state work study funding. Without this funding, students are faced with increased financial need of up to $4,600 each. Your support of Gonzaga's Work Award Fund will replace this loss of government funding, while ensuring students continue to receive valuable work experience needed for future career opportunities.
You have an extraordinary opportunity to impact the lives of Gonzaga students in a way that speaks to your values and passions through your estate plans.
With a planned gift, you can determine exactly how you would like your legacy to live on at Gonzaga. You can even discover options that may provide you income in the present while benefitting Gonzaga students in the future
If you would like to discuss estate planning options, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 509-313-6141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.