Give Green, Be Gold this Giving Day

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During Wayne State University’s fifth annual Giving Day, the Mike Ilitch School of Business and other WSU schools and colleges will aim to inspire Warriors around the world to make a collaborative impact on the student experience and a wide variety of key campus projects. The entire Wayne State community will come together on Thursday, April 8, for this 24-hour fundraising campaign.

Giving Day celebrates the Wayne State experience by empowering alumni and friends to support the causes they care most about—projects that affect students, faculty members and programs in the heart of Detroit. Last year, the Ilitch School raised a record $201,000 during the campaign.

This Giving Day, Mike Ilitch School of Business alumni and friends can support one of these highlighted projects as well as a range of other areas that directly impact the school and its students.

Alumni Council Student Experience Fund

The Mike Ilitch School of Business Alumni Council will match every dollar given in support of the school’s student experience fund (up to $3,536) doubling your potential Giving Day impact. Investing in this fund empowers the Alumni Council to seize opportunities to enhance the student experience by financing the Ilitch School’s most engaging and innovative programs as they arise. Examples of past programming include: Elevator Pitch Competition, 25 Under 25 student awards and Study Abroad Program enhancements.

Student Emergency Fund

The purpose of the Mike Ilitch School of Business Student Emergency Fund is to provide scholarships to students currently enrolled in the Ilitch School who have outstanding student account balances and may be at risk for dropping out of school. Eligible students apply for this scholarship through the school’s Frederick Hessler Student Success Center. Funds may be used for tuition, fees and other educational expenses.

PwC Multicultural Professional Readiness Education Program (MPREP) Scholars

Investment in PwC MPREP Scholars will sustain and enhance this outstanding program, which is designed to encourage, support, develop and retain multicultural, undergraduate business students (with a special emphasis on accounting and finance majors) from the day they arrive on campus to the day they walk across the stage at commencement. MPREP participants receive corporate mentorship, industry exposure, professional development and academic support. The program is funded in part by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and is expanding to include new corporate partnerships, mentors and students.

Accounting Evolution

Investing in the future of accounting at the Mike Ilitch School of Business supports scholarships for accounting majors, development of innovative programs, faculty research and adopting best practices in teaching.

Board of Visitors Faculty Award for Student Impact

The Mike Ilitch School of Business Board of Visitors (BOV) Faculty Award for Student Impact will support the efforts of Ilitch School faculty members to improve the student experience. The BOV selection committee will manage an annual call for proposals and select recipients at least once per year. Past uses for this fund include supporting the continuation of faculty career coach positions within each of the six majors across the school, which consistently show great enhancements to the Ilitch Business student experience. This fund will not be used to support faculty research.

Make your mark during Giving Day 2021

A gift of any size makes a difference. The WSU community can take part in the excitement on April 8 by giving online to the WSU projects that inspire them. Giving power can be increased by participating in matching fund challenges. For more information, visit the Giving Day website. To help spread the word, learn more about becoming a Giving Day ambassador.

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