The Impact of Gifts

Every gift to the Eastern Washington University Foundation has an immediate, positive impact on the lives of EWU students.

You can see examples of private financial support in action on all of Eastern’s campuses and within our communities where students, faculty and alumni conduct research, learn, collaborate on civic improvements, build careers and entertain us. We share these stories to express our gratitude for everyone who contributes to EWU student success. Thank you for your continued support!


Barbara Shields & Hannah Seagrave

Generations apart, two EWU alumnae define success in very similar ways. Barbara Shields, 84 years young: “It’s being the best you can be.” Hannah Seagrave, 21: “Success is not how high your GPA is or how many years it takes to gain a diploma, rather it is a valuable accomplishment because success means you did […]

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Ryan Walters

Ryan Walters has donated countless hours, talents and knowledge for the betterment of the young men of Sigma Phi Epsilon Wa Gamma (SigEp) Chapter at Eastern Washington University. He helped them achieve the highest fraternity GPA on campus for the 2012-13 academic year and instituted a program to develop students into professionals.     Ryan, […]

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Justin Von Hagel

Justin Von Hagel has been a consistent presence on the EWU campus in the College of Science, Health and Engineering. He is a positive example, a role model, an adviser and a guide for students and young alumni who are starting their professional lives.     Since he graduated in 1996 from EWU with a […]

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Albert "Al" Watson

During the 1967-1968 academic year, few ROTC cadets doubted they were training for duty in Vietnam. Eastern Washington State College had the third-largest ROTC program in the nation. That program would produce one of the finest leaders to wear the U.S. Army uniform, Albert “Al” Watson.     Al was part of Eastern ROTC while […]

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Dr. Rick Allen

Dr. Rick Allen has spent his life making a difference. Working his way through college by bailing hay, washing dishes and digging ditches, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Eastern in 1969. But that was only the beginning of an amazing career that has impacted the lives of many.     Later, he […]

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Quinton Baker

When he was a little boy, Quinton Baker‘s mom worked two jobs to pay for their one-bedroom apartment. He learned from her that he would have to work hard to get what he wanted in life. He also learned along the way that he had a passion for helping people. Quinton attended community college, and […]

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Kirsten Nolan

EWU urban and regional planning student Kirsten Nolan knows firsthand about the incREDible power a scholarship has in the life of a student, a family and a community. “Long after the last dollar has been spent, the benefits of the education I have attained will continue to multiply,” she said. Kirsten Nolan’s passion for urban […]

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Lauren McKinley

Lauren McKinley‘s dreams are becoming reality. In her quest to become a music teacher and performer, she devoted some of last summer to work at the EWU Jazz Dialogue Middle School Summer Camp. Eastern students who help with the camp get teaching experience while instructing young musicians. “My scholarships have helped me pay for my […]

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Molly Yin

Scholarship recipient Molly Yin strongly believes in the power of one. “I think Eastern alumni should give back financially to EWU because it only takes one person to make a difference in a person’s life,” she said. As a senior seeking a degree in Health Informatics Technology and Management, Molly Yin volunteered time to help […]

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Phaedra Cote

There is no bond stronger than the one that exists between a mother and her child. But the bond between EWU scholarship recipients and their donors is a close second. Phaedra Cote‘s story is proof of both. A young mother holds her critically ill son in her arms, willing him to pull through once again. […]

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