WKU Fly Fishing Montana Student Experience

This campaign ended on December 01, 2018, but you can still make a gift to Western Kentucky University by clicking here!

Make a gift today to help 12 Western Kentucky University students access a life-changing educational opportunity to fly fish on world-renowned rivers in Missoula, Montana.

The innovative WKU Fly Fishing Montana student program was developed in 2013 to create a phenomenal and intense learning experience in which our students could be introduced to, and embrace, a lifelong recreational pursuit in one of nature’s amazing laboratories. 

On the rivers and land loved by Norman Mclean, author of A River Runs Through It, our students also learn about the recreation and tourism industries, conservation, natural resources (e.g. fish, water, land, etc.), economic impact of fly fishing, and about community.

Students earn three academic credit hours in the course, which includes classroom instruction in Bowling Green, KY with assignments pre- and post-travel. While in Montana, students receive four days of exceptional instruction from professional guides on some of the best fly-fishing water in the world.

Investing in extraordinary WKU student learning experiences is worth your support. There is no additional tuition charged to full-time enrolled students, but they are responsible for all travel program costs: flights to/from Montana, hotel, guiding fees, guide gratuity, meals, fishing license and fees. Total estimated cost for the 2019 program is $2,600 per student.

Your generous contribution will be used to reduce the cost of the 2019 program for our students. Our campaign goal is to raise $700 for 12 students for a campaign total of $8,400.

Suggested Giving Amounts:

  • $75 - could cover a student’s Montana fishing license and fees
  • $200 - could provide 10 student meals during the program.
  • $500 - could cover a student’s round trip airfare.
  • $2,600 - could cover the full cost for one student.

Your donation to this crowdfunding campaign, managed by WKU Philanthropy, is considered a charitable donation consistent with IRS guidelines. This is a "keep-it-all" campaign. That means donors are charged immediately and the campaign will be funded even if it does not reach its goal by the deadline.

Note: WKU student parents, grandparents, and the general public are invited to participate in our non-credit WKU Fly Fishing Montana program (travel portion only) held in the same location at the same time. This program further enhances the student experience as they interact with community members. The funds from this campaign will not be used to fund this non-credit program.



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The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
2021 1$250
2020 1$200
2016 2$130
2010 1$200
2007 1$150
2004 1$75
1986 1$250
1985 1$250
1983 1$150

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7% Parents

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13% Faculty/Staff

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41% Friends

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Lentis F Lee
Thunder Hammer Fly Fishing
Donald D Carson
JC Watkins
Maddy Boyd photoMaddy Boyd
Mr. Jim and Dr. Jill Sauerheber
S.W. Hale
Albert W. ELY
Adam M Keyser
William R Copas
James L Salmon
Jack B. Matthews
Kevin Morris
Grady H. and Cindi Pare
Jon & Ailson Fillingham
Paul D Bush
Anne London photoAnne London
Missoulian Angler Fly Shop
Amy Abbott
Mitch Zebrun
Raymond Poff
Peter Newman
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