The empowering futures gift lays the foundation for a new era of college education. With a goal to transform and inspire, Western's first initiatives made possible by this historic $550 million contribution to the WMU Foundation support the University's mission, "So that all may learn."
The funds will provide not only a tuition-free education but also low-cost housing, an innovative Living Learning Community, internship stipends to foster career development and graduation scholarships for 1,350 new and current Broncos during year one alone.
The first comprehensive support of its kind, it will remove barriers that often keep underrepresented and underserved students from starting their collegiate journey or seeing it through to graduation.
For more information on Empowering Futures, please visit wmich.edu/empoweringfutures
A projected 600 new students each year will receive the Bronco Promise, a commitment to tuition-free education for up to to five years for those in need.
Broncos in need will receive low-cost housing in a new Living Learning Community to guide exploration that leads to purpose and a meaningful career.
Students can receive pay for their internships at private and nonprofit organizations to still meet financial responsibilities while learning on the job.
The University will award 800 graduation scholarships up to $1,000 each year to upper-level students in need of funds to complete their degree.