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Support your alma mater

Gifts from alumni and friends help Case Western Reserve stay on the cutting edge of research, engage our local community, expand access through scholarships and raise the university's profile around the globe.

When you give back to your alma mater, you send a message that you value your education. Strong alumni support helps attract and retain faculty, students and staff who think beyond the possible. Plus, as CWRU’s reputation grows, so does the value of your diploma.

There are many ways to make your gift and countless funds to support. We've outlined a few options on this page, and invite you to also explore our giving website.

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Annual Fund

Your gift to Case Western Reserve University directly impacts students. Beyond funding campus resources and facility upkeep, annual contributions fuel scholarship support—making a CWRU education accessible to the brightest minds, regardless of financial circumstances.

Support the Annual Fund

The Alumni Association of CWRU Endowed Scholarship

In 2016, The Alumni Association of CWRU's Board of Directors set out to raise $25,000 for a term scholarship. Motivated by early successes, they increased their goal in 2018, and the fund was endowed at more than $60,000 in 2021.

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LaNyah Terry, Class of 2026

Fueled by the support of more than 450 alumni and friends, the fund is valued today at more than $121,000, and plays an important role in ensuring more students can reap the benefits of a Case Western Reserve education. 

LaNyah Terry, CWRU Class of 2026, is the inaugural recipient of the endowed scholarship.

“My family and I are so grateful for this scholarship and for the alumni support that made it possible,” Terry said. “I hope the program continues for other students because it has made such a big difference for me. It means the world.”

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Diversity scholarships

Scholarships can help students from all backgrounds reap the benefits of a Case Western Reserve education. Learn how you can empower future leaders from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented communities.

Learn About Diversity Scholarships

Strategic Giving

Our strategic giving professionals will work with you and your financial advisor to find the tax-smart giving vehicle that best fits your needs—and your family's—while establishing a lasting legacy of learning.

Whether you give through your IRA or make a bequest through FreeWill, there are simple, accessible options for everyone.

These services are confidential, collaborative and provided without obligation.

Learn More About Strategic Giving

Ohio License Plate Scholarship

Case Western Reserve University license plates are available under the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' Ohio Collegiate Plate Program for $35. Ohio residents can promote their alma mater and show their CWRU spirit while providing vital scholarship support for students.

More than 70% of the $35 cost for collegiate plates qualifies as a charitable gift to Case Western Reserve University, and provides needed financial aid for students. 

Learn More and Buy Your License Plate

Pave It Forward

Leave a permanent mark on the expanded Linsalata Alumni Center by purchasing a paver stone. Each paver is an eight-inch square that accommodates up to five lines of text with 20 characters per line. This custom inscription is a lasting way to celebrate your Case Western Reserve University connection or honor a loved one.

Buy a Paver

Spartan Club

Case Western Reserve’s Spartan Club is a vital force in sustaining university athletics and preserving its traditions. Through events like the Hall of Fame and Scholar Athlete dinners, the club fosters a sense of community among alumni and students, faculty and staff, and family and friends. Membership in the Spartan Club helps supplement the athletic department’s budget while demonstrating support for today’s Spartans.

Become a Member