Student Affairs

246% of 50 Donor goal
This campaign ended on March 30, 2023, but you can still make a gift to Western Carolina University by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorConnie Haire & Phil Haire matched $50

An Anonymous DonorJeanne McGuire & Patrick McGuire matched $500

An Anonymous DonorBeth Lofquist & Victor Lofquist matched $500

An Anonymous DonorDebbie Sims & Dale Sims matched $500

An Anonymous DonorKelli Brown & Dennis Brown matched $500

An Anonymous DonorSteve Couch matched $500

An Anonymous DonorBruce Moore & Denise Moore matched $500

An Anonymous DonorRobert B. Clayton matched $500

An Anonymous DonorLisa Hill & David Hill matched $500

An Anonymous DonorMike Crawford & Gina Crawford matched $500

An Anonymous DonorRobin Pate & Trace Pate matched $500

An Anonymous DonorRandy White matched $500

An Anonymous DonorBob Roberts & Carol Roberts matched $500

An Anonymous DonorGayle Watkins & Andy Chmar matched $500

An Anonymous DonorJohn Davis & Melanie Davis matched $500

An Anonymous DonorDoug Bailey matched $500

An Anonymous DonorHathaway Family Foundation matched $10,000
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Monica Henson photoMonica Henson gave $250
Gifts to Student Affairs contribute to...
One Day for Western 2023
1,074 Donors - $265,818 Donated

One Day for Western is an opportunity for you to show your support and commitment to students in need. Your gifts will help provide critical funding to support the Student Emergency Fund and the General Scholarship fund.

Join us on One Day for Western and make a direct impact on our students and their experience at WCU. Our goal is for 50 donors to make a gift on March 29, but we can only get there with your help!


Catamounts, you never cease to amaze me. The way you showed up to make one day possible was inspirational, especially in our inaugural year of this all-in giving day! 

The initial numbers are in, and we are excited to share that 1,058 donors contributed over $260,000 on One Day for Western. And we're still counting. These gifts will enable amazing projects to materialize, life-changing trips to be taken, and critical programs to continue their good work throughout our community—and it’s all because of your generosity. We cannot wait to share these impact stories with you over the next several months so you can see your investment in action. 

Thank you to everyone who gave, shared, or elevated our message on One Day for Western. We are beyond grateful for your support.

Go Cats! 


Rebekah B. Cheney 

Director of Annual Giving

1 day ago by Rebekah Cheney
We just updated our goal!

Catamounts, you are SHOWING UP for One Day for Western! To ensure we maximize as many challenge gifts as possible, we're upping our donor goal to 1,000! Here's what we have left to complete before midnight:

Student Affairs

  • 5 donors left to hit “per donor” challenges
  • $9,325 in challenge dollars left to match


  • $12,175 in challenge dollars remaining


  • 250 donors left to close out all “per donor” challenges

Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

  • 36 donors left to close the per donor challenge
  • $3,308 in challenge dollars left to match

Brinson Honors College

  • 46 donors to go

College of Arts and Sciences

  • 7 donors to go for Cherokee Programs Advancement Fund
  • 14 donors for Literary Festival fund
  • 31 donors for CAS Dean’s Fund
  • $2,579 in challenge dollars for FOREST

College of Business

  • Matches are completed, but more donors are needed to hit the 75 donor goal

College of Education and Allied Professions

  • $44 left to go in challenge dollars

College of Engineering and Technology

  • $250 left in challenge dollar

College of Health and Human Sciences

  • 11 donors left for MAP Health
  • $900 in challenge dollars for Speech and Hearing
  • $3,675 in challenge dollars for Dean’s Fund

Hunter Library

  • 223 donors to go to realize the $500 match

Other challenges:

  • Monica Henson ’84: 83 donors to go (out of 84-donor challenge)
  • Kae Livsey: 72 donors to go (out of 75 fac/staff donor challenge)

Thank you so much for all your advocacy and support; you help make one day possible for our students!

2 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
New Matching Gift Alert!

Calling all Catamounts! The Hathaway Family Foundation has generously offered to match dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 for every dollar donated to the Student Affairs Emergency Fund before midnight! 

Help us spread the word and maximize this matching gift: visit to access our social media toolkit! Thank you for helping make one day possible for students in need.

2 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Prospect Cullowhee has doubled their donation for the day!

Prospect Cullowhee is donating $400 for each renewed or new lease signed on One Day for Western: March 29, 2023! 

As a reminder: donations will be made by Prospect Cullowhee to the tenant’s priority area of choice. Thank you again to Prospect Cullowhee for their partnership!

If you have questions on how you can take advantage of this offer, just visit the Prospect website or call 828-226-4865.

2 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Only a few more donors to maximize active matching gifts!

We only need a few more donors to max out our active matches for Student Support Priorities... share with your networks so we can provide as much matching support as possible for our students in need!

Access our social media toolkit to post on social media and rally a few more donors!

2 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Get Excited: It's One Day for Western!

We love seeing our students excited about One Day for Western! Make your gift or share on social media to encourage others to join in on the fun!

2 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Let's Make March 29th a Day to Remember!

Chancellor Kelli Brown is excited for One Day for Western and we hope you are too!

Thank you in advance for your generosity and advocacy, Catamount Nation - today and every day. Let's make our very first One Day for Western a day to remember. GO CATS!

3 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Prospect Cullowhee is supporting One Day for Western!

In support of One Day for Western, Prospect Cullowhee is donating $200 for each renewed or new lease signed by March 29, 2023. The donations will be made by Prospect Cullowhee to the tenant’s priority area of choice. We are grateful for their partnership and cannot wait to see what students are excited to support on One Day for Western! 

If you have questions on how you can take advantage of this offer, just visit the Prospect website or call 828-226-4865.

7 days ago by Rebekah Cheney
Support WCU Students on One Day for Western

Many of WCU’s best students bring extraordinary financial needs with them to college. Even as Western strives to remain an affordable and accessible university, many of our students continue to need assistance paying for their college education. 

Our General Scholarship Fund provides need-based financial aid to students who deserve to be at Western but struggle to afford the cost of attendance. These scholarship dollars ensure that WCU continues to attract the very best future Catamounts from across our region, state, and country.

The Student Emergency Fund helps students who encounter unexpected, critical needs during their time in Cullowhee. This resource has supported students who have lost their housing, helped feed students battling food insecurity, fixed a car that broke down, or purchased a required textbook after a parent lost her job.

Every dollar given to the General Scholarship and Student Emergency Funds will be spent ensuring our students make it across the finish line here in Cullowhee. Your gifts will help make one day possible for our students and will assist them in being better prepared to begin their careers as Catamounts. Thank you for your support on One Day for Western and every day!

10 days ago by Rebekah Cheney


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