Why Support

The College of Letters & Science (L&S)—the largest of UWM’s schools and colleges—offers 98 undergraduate and graduate degree programs within 25 departments dedicated to the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. When you support L&S, your gift helps more than 9,000 students, faculty, and staff.

Your generosity enables us to enhance the quality of our students’ education through scholarships and fellowships, faculty research and other support, expanded academic programs, and study abroad opportunities.

Many L&S students enroll in the Honors College. The UWM Honors College provides all the benefits of a small liberal arts college—such as close faculty interaction and highly personalized mentoring— in addition to the world-class research and scholarship of a major university.

What to Support

Gifts of any size make a real difference in the lives of L&S students and faculty. Please consider a philanthropic investment today. Here are some specific ways you can help.

  • The New Directions Scholarship Fund

    Each year, the L&S New Directions Scholarship Fund awards $3,500 scholarships to exceptional incoming freshmen. Renewable for up to three additional years, it often helps Scholars work fewer hours in outside jobs and devote more time to studying. With our donors’ generous support, we have awarded over 600 New Directions Scholarships to date.

  • The Access to Excellence Scholarship Fund

    L&S is committed to providing all students with the tools they need to succeed in their academic and professional pursuits, regardless of their personal economic situation. The Access to Excellence Fund, for students with sophomore standing or above, offers the financial support these students need most, giving them the opportunity to explore new educational opportunities and experiences.

  • The L&S General Fund

    The L&S General Fund sponsors faculty research and provides infrastructure support for academic programs. Contributions to this Fund enable L&S to continue its dual mission of nurturing today’s groundbreaking research and educating tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Departments, Centers, and Programs

    For more information about making a gift to an L&S Department, Center, or Program, please visit our website.

How to Support

Please consider a gift to the College of Letters and Science. You may direct your donation to an individual department or program or to the L&S General Fund.

Thank you!

Give Online
Please use the Direct My Gift To dropdowns and the Special Instructions box on the online giving form form to identify the specific fund(s) you would like to support.

Online Giving Form

Give by Phone
Make a gift or pledge over the phone by calling:

Tom Bjornstad
Director of Annual Giving

Give by Mail
Checks or money orders should be payable to “The UWM Foundation” and mailed to:

UWM Office for Development
3271 N. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211

To make sure you receive proper acknowledgement, please print the following form and enclose it with your check. Be sure to indicate how you would like to designate your gift.

Printable Giving Form

Matching Gifts
You can maximize your gift to UWM if you or your spouse/partner works for one of the many companies with matching gift programs. Check with your Human Resources Department to see if they match employee gifts to UWM.
Will or Other Estate Plan
To learn more about including UWM in your will or other estate plan, visit our Planned Giving website.
Stock or Other Appreciated Securities
Gifts of publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value allow you to avoid capital gains taxes, while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift. UWM benefits by selling the stock without paying taxes on the gain, and you benefit from knowing that your contribution is larger than it would have been as a cash gift.

Please send (or ask your broker to send) the UWM stock gift form to the UWM Foundation prior to transferring the securities, to make sure you receive proper acknowledgement for your gift.

To discuss a gift of your IRA, gifts of appreciated securities, or any related paperwork, please contact:

Gretchen Miller
Director of Gift Planning and Agreements

Gifts in Memory or Honor of a Relative, Friend, or Favorite Faculty Member
Tribute and memorial gifts provide significant support for UWM, while allowing you to celebrate people and events with special meaning for you.

For more information, or to learn whether a fund has already been created in tribute to or memory of someone, please contact uwmgift@uwm.edu.

Real Estate and Personal Property
Real estate and personal property such as art and jewelry can be used to make a gift to UWM.

For more information about this type of giving, please contact:

Gretchen Miller
Director of Gift Planning and Agreements

For More Information

To learn more about the College of Letters and Science, visit uwm.edu/letsci or contact:

Christina Makal McCaffery
Senior Development Director, College of Letters and Science


Annie Prak
Assistant Development Director, College of Letters and Science