The most important measures of excellence at the university are those that demonstrate the university's ability to transform lives. In many cases, private support from friends and alumni of Wright State University is often the catalyst that enables the university—and the Women's Center—to transform the lives of its students through teaching, research, scholarship, and community outreach.
These funds are made possible by generous donors who believe in the abilities and talents of women students and want to encourage their success at Wright State. Information about the history and purpose of each fund is listed below. Please select a fund that interests you, and you will be directed to the online giving page to make your secure credit card gift to Wright State University.
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Since 1993, the Women's Center has lived its mission to facilitate connections, provide resources, and advocate for equitable experiences and opportunities for all people. As the Center celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2008, it sought one-time donations of $15 in honor of its 15 years of service from 1,000 people in order to establish the Women's Opportunity Fund. This endowed account will support special initiatives that advance the mission of the Women's Center.
In 2010, the fund drive continues as we seek $17 in honor of our 17 years of serving Wright State.
In the early 1980s, Jo Angela Freeman Saxon worked full-time as a kindergarten teacher, attended college full-time to complete her degree, and was the sole provider for three small children. The Angela Saxon Scholarship for Working Mothers was started in 2008 by Mrs. Saxon's friends and family to ease the financial stress faced by working mothers as they seek to better the lives of their families. The first award was made for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The Kim & Shelley Goldenberg Scholarship for the Women's Center was endowed by former Wright State president Dr. Kim Goldenberg and his wife Shelley in 2006. The scholarship fund was established to provide support to undergraduate student leaders with financial need. Six awards have been made from this fund to honor students with leadership potential and significant community service.
In 2006, V-Day student organizers and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance began work to endow the WSU Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Fund. Since its inception, V-Day productions have raised over $12,500 for this fund and also have donated over $1,250 to support the annual V-Day spotlight. Soon to be endowed, students will help direct the fund's dollars to supplement sexual assault education and prevention efforts on campus and in the greater community.
The Wilda Murray Ehrenfried Scholarship was established by the family and friends of Mrs. Ehrenfried in honor of her 90th birthday and is intended to help provide funding for women with dependent children. The longest-standing scholarship in the Women's Center, 15 awards have been made since 2003 and the fund is responsible for helping several of its awardees to remain in school.
The Women's Center Foundation Fund provides the perfect opportunity for donors who wish to give the Center maximum flexibility to match their dollars with the immediate needs of students, faculty, and staff. Donations to the Foundation Fund help the Center with its most pressing initiatives and needs.