The theme of this year’s scholarships luncheon was past, present and future, with an emphasis on storytelling from several students and alumni whose lives have been transformed by the power of scholarships. So many in the crowd of more than 400 donors and scholarship students left the luncheon saying they felt inspired, hopeful and energized — wanting to hear more about how For the Bold’s top priority is impacting the trajectory of so many lives and the future of the university.
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 AND COLLABORATION | $5 million
- Operational Funds
Provide important resources for team travel, equipment and game operations. Funds will also be used for academic support services, sports medicine and strength 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
- Busch Field Hockey Facility | $2 million
Construct new facility for locker rooms, restrooms and game viewing.
- Plumeri Indoor Baseball Practice Facility | $1 million
Provide new 5,700 square-foot facility for 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
As part of William & Mary’s commemoration of 100 years of coeducation and women’s athletics, a $2.4 million commitment has been made by several donors to establish a new home for the women’s field hockey team. The development of the Busch Team Facility is being supported through a fundraising initiative called the Century Project, which has set into motion efforts designed to enhance the experience for women athletes and the caliber of the university’s facilities.
William & Mary students are buzzing about the yellow tags that have popped up this month for Tag Day. During Homecoming & Reunion Weekend those special yellow tags will remain displayed throughout campus, showing students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends the way private donors cover and support our alma mater.