Education is a Lasting Investment

Competition is global - and intense. Our economic future depends on a diverse and highly educated workforce. Washington's independent colleges and universities provides broad-based, academically rigorous learning opportunities for ALL students.  These institutions prepare them for exciting careers that benefit not just themselves, but the state, the nation - and the world. 

The 10 members of Independent Colleges of Washington(ICW) deliver education of the highest quality. Each is an accredited independent college or university committed to the development of the whole student. Diverse in programs, missions, and geographical locations, they serve the needs of many, making valuable contributions to their communities.

ICW works to ensure that a high-quality, independent higher education is affordable to everyone who wants it. Since our founding in 1953, we have raised more than $61 million for our member colleges and their students.

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Why Support ICW?

1) Easy and Efficient

  • One gift to ICW can support 10 independent colleges in Washington
  • 100% of every scholarship gift is distributed to ICW member colleges, honoring donor intent
  • ICW offers flexible options for focusing gifts
  • ICW has a successful record of fundraising for 60 years, averaging about $1.3 million each year in annual and endowed gifts - one of the best in the nation

2) A Brighter Future

Business leaders tell us that they are looking for employees with more than just the skills to do a job. They need critical thinkers who can solve problems creatively, communicate effectively, and work hard as part of a team. They're describing the graduates of ICW member colleges: young women and men who hit the market with career-specific expertise and, more importantly, with a broad-based education that emphasizes critical thinking, lifelong learning, ethics, leadership, and community service.

3) Expand choice and opportunity

By funding scholarships, contributions from corporations, foundations, and individuals make a real impact. Your support helps all students - regardless of their economic status - to pursue a post-secondary education in a learning environment that is right for them.

4) Saving Taxpayer Dollars

The nearly 40,000 students at ICW institutions receive less than 2% of Washington's higher education budget in the form of financial aid.  Yet our students earn about 25% of all the baccalaureate and higher degrees conferred in the state annually. It would cost the state almost $350 million each year to educate those students at public colleges. Donor support makes it possible to deliver these results.

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How to Give

ICW offers several options to support students in getting a quality education at an academically rigorous independent institution in Washington.

ICW 60th Anniversary Scholarship

A special, one-time scholarship in honor of ICW's 60th Anniversary and recognizing student success. 100% of each gift is distributed to ICW colleges for student scholarships in academic year 2014-15. Make a gift now.

Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship

The Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship Fund is a general fund that allows one gift to help students at all 10 ICW member colleges. 100% of each gift is distributed to ICW colleges to use for student scholarships. Make a gift now.

Named Scholarships

Donors may choose to create scholarships in their name for a minimum investment of $10,000 a year. Make a gift now.

Matched College Savings Program (MCSP)

Help very low income students - those at or below 200% of poverty level - stay in college and learn to save consistently for their college education by providing matching funds. Make a gift now.

Click here to learn more about the Matched College Savings Program.

2014 ICW Ethics Bowl

Be part of ICW's 60th anniversary, celebrating academic achievement and student skill as an Ethics Bowl sponsor. Make a gift now.

Click here to learn more about the 2014 ICW Ethics Bowl.

Endowed Scholarships

A minimum donation of $20,000 will generate resources to fund a $1,000 competitive scholarship each year. Make a gift now.

In-Kind Gifts

Donations of equipment, materials, or services appropriate to higher education save the colleges resources they can redirect to financial aid. Contact us to make a gift.

Planned Gifts

Gifts through trusts or estate provisions can create resources for financial aid at two or more member colleges/universities of your choosing. View the Planned Giving brochure for detailed information.

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ICW Honor Roll of Supporters

Thank you to the generous corporations, foundations and individuals that provided Washington students with over $1 million in scholarships and other support in the 2013 fiscal year, ending June 30, 2013.

Your gifts provide our students opportunity, choice and success!

Donors in italics have given to ICW for 25 or more years.

Endowed Scholarship Donors

Richard E. Bangert Business Award
Estate of Richard E. Bangert
Richard E. and Dawn C. Bangert II
M. Joan Burkland 
Independent Colleges of Washington
Marion E. and John F. Sullivan, Jr.

E.K. & Lillian F. Bishop Foundation Scholarship

The Boeing Company STEM Scholarship

David M. Irwin Friend of Higher Education Award

Stanley O. McNaughton Community Service Award
PEMCO Foundation Inc.

William G. Saletic Endowed Scholarship

Named Scholarship Donors

ICW Violet A. Boyer Scholarship

COSTCO Wholesale Scholarship

Go for it! Scholarship
School Employees Credit Union of Washington and PEMCO Insurance

ICW Board of Directors Scholarship
John and Kay Bassett
C. Michael and DeLona Lang Bell
The Boeing Company
Violet A. Boyer
George S. Bridges
Elizabeth A. Cowles and James L. Meyer
Deborah B. Cushing
Tom and Brenda Fitzsimmons
Rick Gross
Roy F. Heynderickx
Trent House
Glenn Johnson and Michael Melancon
Thomas W. Krise, Ph.D.
Laura Lawton-Forsyth and Robert Forsyth
Franz and Grace Lazarus
Linda and Rick Linneweh
Leigh Ann Lucero
Daniel J. Martin
Thayne M. McCulloh
Microsoft Corporation
Greg Montgomery
Steve and Charlotte Myers
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
John and Kathy O'Halloran
P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Len Parris
Neal M. Piliavin and Therese Joyce
Julie Prince
Laura and Jim Rehrmann
Steven G. Rose
Todd and Melaine Ruberg
Ahmadou Seck
Steven T. Seward
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
Dr. and Mrs. Beck A. Taylor
Ronald R. & Mary Thomas
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Van Ness Feldman
Joseph and Ella Ward

Norcliffe Foundation Scholarship

Garret A. Goodchild Achievement Award
Kenneth J. and Beryl N. Goodchild
Don and Ann Jenkins

Principal Financial Group Scholarship

The UPS Foundation Scholarship

William Kilworth Scholarship

Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship Donors

The Anderson Foundation
Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation
Ben Bridge Family Donor Advised Fund/Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Chadd and Elizabeth Bennett
Violet A. Boyer in memory of Tom Huff
Violet A. Boyer in memory of former ICW BOD member Frank Stagen
Herbert M. Bridge and Edie Hilliard
Brooks Manufacturing Company
Anne Cassidy and Robert Fuller
Clark Nuber P.S.
Cowles Company
Michael and Patty Daniels
Enterprises International Inc.
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc
O. D. Fisher Charitable Fund/The Seattle Foundation
Foss Maritime Company
Groninger & Co., Inc.
Gull Industries, Inc.

Lease Crutcher Lewis
Microsoft Corporation
Miller Nash LLP

Parker Smith & Feek, Inc.
Rabel Family Advised Fund/The Seattle Foundation
The Seattle Foundation
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Christopher M. Thompson
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Belma Villa
Ellen J. Wallach and Tom Darden
Washington State Auto Dealers Association, Inc.
The Titus Will Families Foundation
The Wollenberg Foundation

Howard S. Wright Constructors
Wright Runstad & Company

Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) Donors

Anahata Holistic
Violet A. Boyer
Kenneth J. and Beryl N. Goodchild
Sterling Bank
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
The Wollenberg Foundation

Ethics Bowl Sponsorship Donors

Ascent Law Partners
Anne Cassidy and Robert Fuller
Cowles Company
Deborah B. Cushing
Rhona Kwiram
Edward N. & Priscilla Lange
Franz and Grace Lazarus
Lease Crutcher Lewis
Parker Smith & Feek, Inc.
Neal M. Piliavin and Therese Joyce
Constance and Rodney Proctor
Bill and Bonnie Robinson
Andrew T. and Robin W. Stefan
The Wollenberg Foundation
Washington State Auto Dealers Association, Inc.

Howard S. Wright Constructors

ICW 60th Anniversary Dinner Celebration Sponsor

With gratitude to and in recognition of ICW's first donor in 1953: PACCAR Inc

In-Kind Gift Donors

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air
The Boeing Company
Fluid Surveys
Fluke Corporation
Google Inc.
Mobile Beacon
Red Lion Hotels Corporation

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Wufoo Forms

Special Program Donors

Council of Independent Colleges
Puget Sound Energy

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Scholarship Newsletters

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Download PDF: 2012-13 Scholarship Newsletter (May 2013)


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Contact ICW

To make a real difference in Washington's future, contact the ICW Development Office for details. ICW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and gifts are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Anne Cassidy 
Vice President for Advancement Services
Independent Colleges of Washington 
600 Stewart Street, Suite 600 
Seattle, WA 98101 
(206) 623-4494