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!


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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Amy & Querida Meyer

Mother and daughter Amy and Querida Meyer attended EWU at the same time, creating a double-burden on the family budget. Thanks to generous donors to EWU Scholarship Fund, Amy served as editor of The Easterner student newspaper, earning numerous national awards and dual journalism and graphic design degrees. Querida was student teaching Cheney fourth-graders toward […]

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