Funding Priorities

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Funding Priorities

Our Initiatives Are Student-Focused

We help Shockers succeed

Just as Wichita State University is passionately student-focused, so are the initiatives the WSU Foundation has identified as our most urgent funding priorities. If you are considering a gift to Wichita State, we encourage you to learn more about the impact these initiatives will have on student success.

Need-based scholarships

Everyone who wants a college education at Wichita State should have that opportunity. Scholarships are crucial to make it happen. Forty percent of our WSU students are the first in their families to attend college, which typically means they have strong financial need. And about 35 percent of all WSU students who seek financial aid are not able to get support because more resources are needed.

We hope you will consider giving in one of two ways:

  • Contribute to a need-based scholarship in one of our academic colleges.
  • Endow a need-based scholarship.
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Pandemic-related funds

It’s hard to imagine a time in our university’s history when students have struggled so much financially. Many lost their jobs during the shutdown and now face immense challenges to re-enter the workforce and catch up financially. As they worry about basic necessities such as food and shelter, they also agonize over how they will cover tuition and other costs of their education. We have set up three funds of support to help those impacted by the pandemic.

  • COVID-19 Need-based Scholarship Fund by academic area
  • COVID-19 Student Fund to help students facing financial hardship
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New home for the W. Frank Barton School of Business

A new facility for the Barton School of Business will take business education to a new level, preparing our students to be innovative, collaborative and entrepreneurial for tomorrow’s competitive workforce. Already, our remarkable alumni and friends have committed $30 million to this $60 million endeavor. Your gift will help complete our goal to raise $5 million more in private funds.

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A conceptual rendering of the interior of Woolsey Hall, new home for the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

A conceptual rendering of the interior of Woolsey Hall, new home for the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

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Love and legacy

Vic and Ruth Heckart

Lifelong connection with WSU leads Vic Heckart to make an estate gift