HESA Graduate Student Research and Travel Fund

This campaign ended on August 30, 2021, but you can still make a gift to Western Carolina University by clicking here!

Support Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) graduate students through travel stipends and professional development opportunities. We believe the only thing better than watching our graduate students grow is helping them grow. Unfortunately, our graduate students do not receive the same level of support as our undergraduate students when it comes to funding research and travel. We are turning away more students than we accept when they apply for travel and professional development funding, which is necessary to propel their research and careers.

We hope to raise $2,000 annually to include more opportunities for our HESA graduate students.

What your gifts will support: 

- $25 will fill 1 tank of gas for a car full of graduate students traveling to SACSA

- $50 will fund research supplies for 1 student traveling to Charleston, SC

- $150 will give 2 students the opportunity to stay overnight in Charlotte, NC as they complete their research

- $300 will fund the full cost of travel for 1 student to present their research at ACPA

- $500 will fund full cost of travel for 1 student to present their research at NASPA

Mother Teresa said, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." Cast your stone and create your ripples today. 

Learn more about the HESA program at: hesa.wcu.edu



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Alexandra M. Fields, MSW
Yancey Gulley
Terry Chavis
William Dean Martin
Stephanie Hesbacher
Tanny Williams & Ron Williams
Becca Bleich
Carson Williams
Devan Lalas
Myranda Thomson & Kyle Thomson
Land Graves Perry III
Shauna, M, Sage
Annaleise Camacho
Jonatham Brooks
Tacquice Davis
April Perry

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Receive a digital curated collection of graduate student publications and presentations.


Receive one student's travel memoir from their trip and a copy of their research brief.