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  • Beatriz Trujillo-Martinez '22, an Exercise Science major from Monmouth, is one of the students supported through generous scholarship donations.⁠
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"These scholarships have helped me focus more on school instead of finances. I do work right now to cover other expenses, but it's nice to know that I don't have to work full-time while having to do school full-time as well."⁠
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Learn more about Beatriz and other scholarship recipients at wou.edu/givingday.⁠
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#WOUGivingDay #WolvesGiveBack #HowlAboutIt
  • Thanks to your support we have passed the $100,000 mark! We are overwhelmed and humbled by your support and response to Giving Day 2021. We are processing all your generous gifts as quickly as possible. Stay tuned for a final total sometime next week!⁠
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In the meantime, let's keep this momentum going! Visit wou.edu/give to make a gift. Go Wolves!⁠
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#WOUGivingDay #WolvesGiveBack #HowlAboutIt
  • Brooklyn Giles '21, a Psychology major from Lebanon, is one of the students who benefits from scholarships.⁠
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"Because of my scholarship, I get to go to college stress free. I don't have to worry about having to work a whole bunch of other jobs at the same time as raising my son and attending school. I can put my passion and focus into school. If it weren't for the donor, that wouldn't be possible because there is just no way I'd be able to afford to go to school."⁠
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Learn more about Brooklyn and her involvement with @abbyshouse_wou at wou.edu/givingday.⁠
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#WOUGivingDay #WolvesGiveBack #HowlAboutIt
  • What an exciting day so far! Thank you to everyone who has made a gift, shared our posts, and contacted friends to encourage them to get involved. You make an impact.⁠
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We have nine hours left in Giving Day to surpass our $100,000 goal! Every gift makes a difference. ⁠
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Many of you likely have your own "W" photo from your first year at WOU. You probably noticed that this one looks a little different from yours. To adapt to the times we're currently in, the 2020 "W" photo is made of submitted selfies from our incoming students. Students in this "W" are some of the students who directly benefit from your generosity.⁠
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Support for the Student Success Scholarship and Fund for WOU help the university pivot and meet the demands of students in real time. Examples from this past year: providing Wi-Fi hot spots last spring, emergency student aid during regional wildfires and additional training for faculty on virtual learning environments. ⁠
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Ready to donate? Visit wou.edu/give⁠
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Also, in case you missed it, here are two initiatives we have still have ongoing on today.⁠
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Linked by Loyalty – Calling all Alums: The WOU Foundation needs your help as they attempt to get a gift from all classes! Have a loved one that is an alum, give in their honor or memory and that counts too! How many can we get between 1856 – 2043?! Remember to put your class year in "comments" when you give. ⁠
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WOUNews Instagram Challenge: WOU Foundation Executive Director Erin McDonough and Wolves Softball Coach Lonny Sargent together will give $1 for every new @ WOUnews Instagram follower on Giving Day up to $1,000.⁠
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  • McKinsey Jarnagin '24, an Education major from Keizer, is one of the many students who benefit from WOU scholarships. ⁠
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"I'm really appreciative of earning these scholarships. I'm a first-year, first-generation college student. I probably wouldn't be here today without these scholarships." Despite the impact the pandemic has had on her first year at college, McKinsey is grateful to have lived in the residence halls this year. ⁠
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Check out the full interview with McKinsey at wou.edu/givingday.
  • Looking for an easy way to get involved today? For each new follower we get on this account today, WOU Foundation Executive Director Erin McDonough and @WOUSoftball Coach Lonny Sargent will donate $1 (up to $1,000).⁠
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If you already follow us, please share this post with your friends!⁠
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#WOUGivingDay #WolvesGiveBack #HowlAboutIt
  • Jeanette Betancourt Garcia '21, an Education major from Independence, is one of our scholarships recipients. ⁠
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"I'm first-generation Mexican-American. I don't come from a lot of resources to pay for college, so this helped me tremendously. I am super grateful that I am able to have that kind of help."⁠
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Learn more about Jeanette and some of our other scholarships recipients at wou.edu/givingday.⁠
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#WOUGivingDay #HowlAboutIt #WolvesGiveBack
  • One of the ways you can help us reach our goal of raising $100,000 today is by joining the WOU Foundation's Finance & Planned Giving Committee Challenge.⁠
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From now until noon, the first 60 gifts of $34.50 or more will be increased by another $34.50. For example, if you give $50, a member of the committee will add $34.50 so your gift counts as $84.50. This is a great way to make your gift go further!⁠
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  • Allyson Drury '21, a Biology, pre-med major from Dairyville, California, is one of the many students who benefit from WOU scholarships. ⁠
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"My scholarships have given me the sense that people in this small club here at Western care about me. They care about my success. And that confidence that they have in me has in turn made me feel more confident in myself.⁠
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Check out the full interview with Allyson at wou.edu/givingday and hear about her time with @WOUsoftball.⁠
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#WOUGivingDay #HowlAboutIt #WolvesGiveBack
  • Today is our annual Giving Day! We hope you'll join us by Howling from the Heart wherever you are. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to support WOU students and program.⁠
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Giving Day is Western Oregon University's most impactful annual tradition that celebrates the power of the Wolves community and what we can do when we come together. We invite you to join alumni, friends, family, employees and students to invest in WOU’s mission of creating lasting opportunities for student success through transformative education and personalized support.⁠
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Ready to donate? Head over to wou.edu/give⁠
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Want to learn more about Giving Day? Visit wou.edu/givingday⁠
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We'll be posting throughout the day and hope you'll help spread the word.⁠
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#WOUGivingDay #HowlAboutIt #WolvesGiveBack
  • March 1 is the deadline for the General Scholarship application. If you haven't submitted your application yet, you still have time. ⁠
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Visit wou.edu/finaid/scholarships/faq/ for information about scholarships included in this application, how to apply and more.
  • It's time for our weekly Q&A. Comment below if you have a question!
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