Supporting Graduate Education

Give to the Graduate School

Stairway up to Old Main on WWU campus

Why Give to the Graduate School?

WWU graduate student of music Kyra Rengstorf holding a book to her chest with shelves of books in the background

Graduate students drive research and discovery, deepen our understanding, and inspire, teach, and mentor our undergraduates.

Gifts supporting graduate education, research, and conference travel expand educational and professional opportunities for students in all disciplines.

Western has been ranked as the top public master's-granting school in Pacific Northwest for the last 23 consecutive years and among the top ten nationally for annual R&D investment. Our graduate faculty and students are actively engaged in finding solutions to problems ranging from climate change, to healthcare, education, and the economy.

Western needs your help to ensure these bright scholars have the funding they need to thrive and grow.

Current and recent graduate students at Western have been recognized nationally, regionally, and as leaders across disciplines for their excellent work. They’ve become leaders working toward solutions with global significance in sustainable energy, cancer care, the housing crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ways to Give


  • Dean's Fund: 
    • Gifts to the Dean's Fund directly support graduate student research, field experiences, and professional development opportunities by funding travel, conference registration and fees, and materials purchases.


  • The Ross Travel Grant
    • The Dean Ross Grant was established by Dr. J. Alan & Dorothy C. Ross supports graduate student travel enabling scholars to present their work at professional venues, develop professional connections, and share, discuss and debate new ideas in their scholarly communities.


  • The Kitto Grad Hub
    • The Grad Hub is an in-person and online space that aims to offer a comprehensive program of professional development and skills support to graduate students. Our ongoing programming gives WWU Graduate School alumni an edge in the job market, making them the most highly sought after in their respective industries and impacting the future of Washington state.

Thank you for your generosity!