Giving to the L&S Honors Program
Gifts are a crucial source of financial support for the L&S Honors Program and our high-achieving and highly motivated students. Your investment in the L&S Honors Program enables us to help these students explore their research interests, present their research at conferences, travel abroad, give back to the community, and participate in community building, academic enrichment, and professional development opportunities.
Many of our Senior Honors Thesis grants and our Leadership Trust Awards are funded by the generosity of private donors. We have been able to supplement standard research awards to allow students to travel to Cairo to examine 10th-century manuscripts, study neutrinos in Antarctica, or learn about Cypriot sculpture in Sarasota. The return on investment for such giving is enormous, and our donors truly provide the margin of excellence in a great public research university. It is such private donations that enable our program's staff to envision and to undertake new initiatives as well as to meet unexpected needs to support student work and enrich student experiences.
We invite you to help support our mission of providing Honors students with the breadth and depth of opportunities to explore their interests and find their passions.
L&S Honors Program Funds
The Honors Program Director's Fund - Give On-Line
This fund is intended to provide on-going, long-term support for the Honors Program in the College of Letters and Science. The Director of the L&S Honors Program determines priorities in how the fund will be used. The Honors Program Director's Endowment Fund was initiated by Charles T. Snowdon (UW Psychology Professor) and B. Ann Lindsey, and Cyrena N. (UW English Professor) and Lee G. Pondrom (UW Physics Professor).
This fund has proved to be of critical significance in enabling the Program to meet unexpected needs, provide essential and merit-based support to students, support Honors events and design new Honors initiatives.
Below are some ideas for how your gifts, large or small, can help support Honors students and the Honors Program. Small gifts add up and can help us do big things, while endowments provide essential permanent support and enable long-term planning.
$100-$300: Group dinner with a faculty member, supporting student-faculty interaction in a small-group informal setting.
$500: Student travel to a conference: Support one student to travel to an out-of-town conference to present his/her research.
$15,000 Conference Travel Grants: Permanently endow one annual $500 travel grant for an Honors student to present at a national academic conference in their discipline.
$35,000 Study Abroad: Permanently endow one annual $1,000 need-based award for study abroad on one of the UW's Honors Abroad opportunities (Ecuador, Utrecht).