Discover how annual gifts create unique learning opportunities at UNCW
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Annual gifts to the School of Social Work, within the College of Health and Human Services, help support the BSW program targeted to military veterans and their families. UNCW ranked #22 in the 2014 Best Online Programs for Veteran, published by U.S. News & World Report.
UNCW provides not only a quality education but helps students become well-rounded individuals. Unrestricted gifts to the Parent Opportunity Fund have provided funding for programs and services including: “Synergy” common reading experience, UNCW Weekends, CARE and CROSSROADS – all which help students explore new interests, develop leadership skills and establish healthy habits.
Field experiences and internships prepare students in the Watson College of Education for successful teaching careers. Philanthropic gifts have helped purchase iPads, smart boards and other manipulatives that students incorporate into their reading, writing and mathematics lesson plans. Having a wide variety of materials and supplies is critical to focusing on a child᾿s strengths, needs and interests.
The School of Nursing uses human patient simulators to provide realistic learning experiences for students preparing for a career in health care. Nursing students receive hands-on training in the maternal-infant, pediatric, critical care and emergency room labs, just to name a few. Annual gifts provide glucometer test strips, alcohol preps pads and others supplies for the SimLab.
Last year, graduating senior Amanda Criscito ´14 completed an honors thesis testing the effectiveness of multiple behavioral procedures for treating pediatric feeding disorders (food refusal) in children with developmental disabilities. Donations to the Psychology Department were used to help purchase equipment and supplies to conduct this important research.
Over 74% of all students receive some form of financial aid. That᾿s why diversity, merit and student athlete scholarships are major fundraising priorities for UNCW. On March 25, 2014 – UNCW donors rallied together to donate over $72,000 in support for various scholarships during the Give 24 Challenge.
Commitment to Diversity
In 2014, a grant from The Friends of UNCW made it possible for Centro Hispano to reach its target audience at multiple college fairs, festivals and special outreach events. These private funds provided ways to enhance UNCW᾿s presence among first-generation-college-bound students (often first-generation Americans) who don᾿t have access to information or previous knowledge about higher education.
Gifts to the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, within the College of Health and Human Services, help facilitate opportunities for students to apply what they learn in the classroom in the community. Private gifts helped the School purchase sport wheelchairs that not only support course instruction but can be used by persons in the community in need of adapted physical activity opportunities.
In FY 14, donors gave over $15,000 to support the 32nd Annual Business Week, which is designed to help prepare Cameron School of Business students for the realities of the business world. With the support of these donations, the program included more than 100 sessions with prominent alumni and executives sharing their knowledge and expertise in the areas of business, marketing, entrepreneurship, information technology and more.
Gifts to the UNCW Parent Opportunity Fund are used to support experiences that create the best learning environment for students including maintaining a safe campus. In 2013, university police were able to install new equipment to support the Emergency Messaging System (UNCW Alert) and purchase new decals for the emergency call boxes across campus thanks to these unrestricted gifts.