Retirees have again proved to be generous donors to the university scholarship funds. Since retiree giving has been traced starting in 2001, more than a million dollars has been donated to various special programs and scholarships. Many donations have been made to endowments created by individuals, while others have gone to specific departmental projects.
The Retirees Association has established a scholarship endowment for students who have a connection to a retiree. That fund was named in honor of Nick Davis, a long time university employee who also served on the WSURA Board of Directors. The fund—now labeled the Nick Davis Retiree Scholarship Endowment—is valued at $74,000. The goal of the board is to bring the total funds to $90,000, a figure that will provide for three $1,500 annual awards.
In 2016, 195 retirees contributed $162,033, an average gift of $925. For the past four years, 100 percent of the Board of Directors has donated to the Nick Davis Retiree Endowment Fund.
The 2017 Campus Scholarship and Innovation Campaign (CSIC) begins in early April, and retirees will soon be receiving a letter of solicitation from the University Foundation.
Members now have the capability of donating online by using their credit card. To make your contribution in this manner, go to University Foundation Donation Center at Nick Davis Retiree Endowment.