Washburn University Foundation



Our Greatest Investment

Washburn University was born out of this simple, brilliant idea: education for all. When Massachusetts philanthropist Ichabod Washburn gifted the University (then Lincoln College) with $25,000 in 1868, it was because he believed in the transformative power of education for everyone.

Washburn is about giving a world-class education to every person who is willing to work for it, regardless of field or finances. Scholarships can be the game-changer in a student’s ability to pursue a higher education. They attract talent. They reward academic excellence. They support student-athletes. They provide opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom.

Scholarships make up an important component of the 150 Forward campaign — $35 million — the cost of an additional 2,300 courses annually. This will dramatically increase the number and dollar amounts of scholarships for students at Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology, which we recently welcomed into the fold to provide a career-focused curriculum that broadens accessibility to post-secondary education and trains highly skilled workers.

Washburn’s First Year Experience was established to improve both retention and graduation rates by intensively mentoring students at the beginning of their college careers. The goal is an unmatched first-year experience that will keep students in class, engaged, and on track to graduate.

Campaign Goal: $35 Million

  • $5.35 million in privately funded student scholarships each year (increase of $1.75 million from 2012-13)
  • 49% increase in total scholarship funds available
  • 30% of students to receive scholarships
  • Increased retention through scholarship support and first-year guidance
  • 8,000 students enrolled by 2025 — a 10% growth in enrollment over fall 2011

The Story So Far:

  • $5 million in privately funded scholarships awarded in 2015-16
  • 1,751 students received privately funded scholarships in 2015-16
  • 84% of students work

To support the 150 Forward campaign, make your gift today or contact us.