Giving at WCSU

Stories of Impact

Any kind of gift to Western Connecticut State University makes a huge impact on the lives of the students, staff, and the campus. At WCSU, students are appreciative of your generous gifts and are always striving to learn. Here are a few stories of how scholarships made a positive impact on student lives.

Rina Hernandez | Secondary English Education

Jhoselyn Diaz | JLA

Earl Hagman's message about giving back to WCSU

A message about giving back to WCSU

Sam Cournoyer | Class of 2019

Shelby Macchi | Class of 2019

More Stories of Impact




Erica Bower | Meteorology

Class of 2019 Graduate

"As I approach the last semester of my academic career at Western Connecticut State University, I am grateful for the opportunities that I have found. I have been able to work toward completing a bachelor of science degree in meteorology, and a minor in Mathematics in only three years while being a captain of the varsity softball team and holding leadership positions in two other student organizations. I have helped pioneer a research program with the WCSU Weather Center after returning from a busy summer term working as a researcher at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma and interning at WTNH News 8 in New Haven, Connecticut for four weeks. After graduating from WCSU in May 2019, I aspire to attend graduate school and earn an advanced degree in tropical meteorology. I would like to thank my wonderful family and all of the generous benefactors who have made it possible for me to study at Western Connecticut State University. All gifts made to the WCSu Foundation, no matter the size, enable students to reach their full potential."





Angie Tovar | Elementary Education

Honors Student in the Education Club


"As it gets closer to the Spring semester of my junior year I know more than ever that I made the right decision to attend Western! My name is Angie Tovar and I am an elementary education major who is also involved in the Honors Program, Pre-Collegiate, Access Programs and the Education Club. My whole life I pictured becoming a teacher and there is no better place to do it than at WestConn. However, this would not be possible without the help of scholarships. As a first-generation college student, my parents did not have the knowledge or resources to help with my education. Through help from staff in the Pre-Collegiate, Access programs, and many other wonderful employees at Western, I was able to receive financial assistance that helped me with my educational expenses. I am three semesters and feeling confident to enter into the rewarding profession of teaching. This would not be possible without donors like you, so please continue helping students like me achieve our dreams."




Christopher Mathews | Health Promotion Studies

Football Athlete

"My experience as a student at Western Connecticut State University has meant a lot to me. As a first generation college student and scholarship recipient, I was happy to participate in the Educational Achievement & Access program during my freshman year and learn of the many academic and support resources available at WCSU. Now, as a senior in the Health Promotion Studies Program, I am equally grateful for the educational guidance and academic support my HPX professors have continuously provided to me. Recently, this included their support of the school-wide health program I developed and implemented with positive results. This experience gave me the ability to further grow and develop as both a student and leader. Over the past four years I have also been an active member of the Western Connecticut State University community, including both playing on the football team and working as a student employee on campus. I know that my involvement in campus life and and my amazing academic experiences have given me the ability to significantly expand my horizons and will continue to lead me toward a successful career in my chosen field of study. I also know that your donation of any size will help my university to pave the way for WestConn students to reach their full potential to better the world."