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

Far more students apply for financial aid each year than WSU has the resources to help. As Wichita State continues to prioritize accessibility and affordability, your support is needed now more than ever.

Students like Gracie Haile, a junior studying engineering at WSU, has been supporting herself since she was 15 years old. “My scholarship allowed me to cut back my hours at work without having to make a decision between feeding myself, paying my bills or helping support my family,” she said. “That gives me the time I need to focus on my classes.”

WSU is proud to support students achieve their dream of getting a college education, regardless of their financial standing. Need-based scholarships are essential to this mission.

Help students like Gracie achieve their dreams.

  • Contribute to a need-based scholarship in one of our academic colleges.
  • Endow a need-based scholarship.
  • Start a current need-based scholarship.

For more information, fill out our contact form.

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Gracie Haile

Shocker Success Center – A Community of Care

Now that the Barton School of Business has moved to its new home, Clinton Hall is available for a new purpose, bringing together 17 student services currently housed in 10 buildings spread across campus.

We hope you consider how your gift can make a difference in bringing these services together for our students, staff, and the university.

The Impact:

  • Students – greater convenience, better service, less confusion.
  • Staff – new opportunities to collaborate, innovate and share resources.
  • University – increased cost efficiencies and less reliance on outdated facilities.
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New technology will sustain the Barton School of Business's competitive edge

A new facility for the W. Frank 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.

We are raising additional dollars for the technology enhancement fund. Today’s fast-evolving advancements have made technology the driver for successful modern businesses and are a vital educational component for business students now and in the future.

If you are interested in giving to the technology enhancement fund, contact Jessie Rainey at or call at 316.978.3948.

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Supporters of Shocker Success Center have a common goal: student success