More than 400 people gathered at this year's Scholarships Luncheon during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Several students and alumni shared their powerful stories of how scholarships made their bold moments possible. Special guest Jill Ellis ’88, L.H.D. ’16, two-time World Cup winner, told the audience how her scholarship to W&M changed the trajectory of her life.
Without state funding, private support through the Tribe Club is essential to Tribe Athletics. The Tribe Club helps Athletics achieve the core mission to provide the best competitive atmosphere both for the teams and the fans, while exposing the athletes to the academic excellence of the university. Every donation is essential to recruit the best and the brightest.
Nancy Mathews ’76
Athletics Representative, Campaign Committee
Co-chair, Lord Botetourt Auction
Support William & Mary Athletics
The time is now to support your favorite Tribe program. This campaign, in conjunction with the Committee on Competitive Excellence Report, provides an unparalleled opportunity to build momentum towards a greater future for Athletics, one that sees every fan and athlete have a championship experience.
In Pursuit of Competitive Excellence
In April 2015, the Athletics Department released the Committee on Competitive Excellence's Report outlining a strategic plan for the future of William & Mary’s athletics programs. The report details funding needs for scholarships, coaching support, operating expenses and facility improvements to ensure William & Mary’s ability to capitalize on these kinds of opportunities and to achieve and sustain long-term success for all varsity teams. Private philanthropy will be essential to realizing the objectives identified in the report, and support from alumni will be key to raising the level of competitive excellence and enhancing the athletic experience for students and fans alike.
PILLAR I: WHERE GREAT MINDS MEET | $70 MILLION
SCHOLARSHIPS | $50 million
- Undergraduate Scholarships
Scholarships enable students with exceptional talent to pursue excellence at William & Mary. The long-term goal is to replace operating budget funds with endowed scholarship funds and to increase the number of athletics scholarships from 220 to 258, the full complement of scholarships allowed by NCAA regulations.
TEACHING EXCELLENCE | $20 million
- Coaching Positions
Coaching salaries at William & Mary are nearly 16 percent below the competitive rate. The long-term goal is to replace operating budget funds with endowed coaching funds to attract and retain talented, highly demanded professionals capable of leading championship programs while embracing William & Mary’s academic and ethical standards.
PILLAR II: MAKING THE REMARKABLE | $75 MILLION
ENGAGED LEARNING, INNOVATION
- Operational Funds
Provide important resources for team travel, equipment
andgame operations. Funds will also be used for academic support services, sports medicine andstrength training.
BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES | $70 million
Improvements to athletics facilities will ensure that our students train in an environment that maximizes their ability to reach their full athletic potential.
- Zable Stadium | $27 million
Renovate and expand the existing facility.
- Multisport Practice Facility | $20 million
Provide a practice venue for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.
- Pool | $20 million
Construct new natatorium
- Tribe Field Hockey Center | $2 million
newfacility for locker rooms, restrooms and game viewing.
- Plumeri Indoor Baseball Practice Facility | $1 million
new5,700 square-foot facilityfor year-round training.
You can learn more about the Athletics goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.
W&M Impact News
William Sterling’s ’59 early interest in art prompted him to become a fine arts major at William & Mary. One of his thoughts before his death on New Year’s Eve last year was to leave a gift that would benefit the university’s Department of Art & Art History.
It’s hard to believe that summer break is about to come to a close — although the blistering heat in the ’Burg remains — and the new academic year will begin in a little over a week. There’s so much to look forward to in our final year of the For the Bold campaign and there are countless opportunities to make an impact on the university and all its students, faculty and alumni in the next 10 months.