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The Empowering Futures Gift

The announcement

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  • "To create a bright future for all" Forward thinking in design, scope and size, this $550 million historic philanthropic contribution will be known as the Empowering Futures Gift. The donors, who are WMU alumni, earmarked their record-breaking contribution to WMU, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Bronco Athletics.

Our students succeed

Media mentions

  • "You go through with society telling you that this isn't your career, 'You shouldn't be here.'" Alumna Monique Grayson is now paving the way for future black women pilots, which make up less than 1% of U.S. pilots.

  • "My parents were basically told that I would never graduate college, and here I am." Recent graduate Ben Gretchko shares how he persevered in Lee Honors College as a student with autism, working at the student newspaper and two internships.

  • "I refuse to live in a world where girls are given the message that they are not valuable." WMU Ph.D. student Tabitha Mpamira set up a foundation to provide free legal and mental health services to survivors of sexual assault in East Africa.