Message from the Foundation Chairman

As a Foundation board member and alumnus, it is with pride and enthusiasm that I’m writing my first “Message” as the Foundation Board Chair. I’m excited to see all the ways student lives are transformed through the efforts of so many folks.

Next year the Foundation celebrates its 40th year of service. The Foundation’s scholarship support during these past 39 years has played an integral role in students achieving their academic goals. Sustained growth in scholarship funding and good market performance have resulted in record endowment levels (reports of which can be found on this site). Last year $1.89 million was generated in the first year of the “Inspire Awesome” scholarship campaign. Of that, a record of $1 million plus was added to the endowment specifically for scholarships support! While we are pleased with our accomplishments, we realize there is still more we can do, so this year’s goal is to raise $2 million. We want to achieve President Cullinan’s “Inspire Awesome” scholarship campaign goal of $5 million over three years. With your help, we will make it!

Achieving goals requires a strong fund development team. The team starts with the generous support of our donors and benefactors. Next, add the volunteer 25-members of the Foundation Board of Directors who have committed their time, treasure, and talent. Lastly, add a veteran Foundation development team of major gift officers and staff, which ties it all together.

Many thanks and appreciation to our donors and benefactors for your support of our mission statement, “EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.” This year promises to be another exciting year supporting our students in achieving their academic goals.


Mike EkinsMike Ekins ’68 CBPA
EWUF Chair





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