Excellence Funds

Excellence funds are designed to support a wide range of programs and activities within the college. These funds provide resources for academic excellence, research, student support, and other key areas. Each fund focuses on specific needs and goals, contributing to the overall development and success of the students and faculty within CAHNRS.

Academic Programs

CAHNRS Academic Excellence Fund

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) is one of the largest colleges at WSU with many diverse majors, a large student involvement and club participation, and many opportunities for hands-on learning. Uses and Purposes The principal of this Fund shall be used to promote academic excellence in the College of Agricultural, […]


AgWeatherNet Excellence Fund

AgWeatherNet (AWN) provides access to current and historical weather data from Washington State University’s automated weather station network. AWN includes 138 automated weather stations located mostly in the irrigated regions of eastern Washington state. The first station was installed in 1988. Standard AWN weather variables include air temperature, relative humidity, dew point temperature, soil temperature […]

Animal Sciences

Cougar Cattle Feeders Excellence Fund

Cougar Cattle Feeders program gives students a unique opportunity for hands-on work with animals at the university. Students apply what they learn in the classroom and see results. Uses and Purposes The principal of this Fund shall be used to support the Cougar Cattle Feeders program. Funds can be used for supplies, wages, travel, scholarships, […]

Thorgaard Center of Salmonid Physiology and Genomics (TCSPG) Excellence Fund

Thorgaard Center for Salmonid Physiology and Genomics Research (TCSPG) is a new center that is dedicated to better understand salmon biology, ecology, conservation, and aquaculture to provide more fish for Washington State and the region. Uses and Purposes The principal of this Fund shall be used to support the Thorgaard Center for Salmon id Physiology […]

WSU Meat Judging Team Excellence Fund

This fund is established to support the Meat Judging/ Evaluation Team. Uses and Purposes The principal of this Fund shall support the Meat Judging/ Evaluation team, their training, travel, and operations. Uses include but are not limited to: educational supplies, team judging gear, travel, scholarships, training, and equipment.

Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles

AMDT Tartan Excellence Fund

After 34,000 votes from cougars, the winning Tartan design was unveiled Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, during Homecoming week in the office of WSU President Elson S. Floyd. Students from the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles (AMDT), department faculty chair Karen Leonas and Butch, the university’s beloved mascot, made the announcement. The students presented […]

Mollie Pepper Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles Excellence Fund

My interest in the Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles program stems from my own major in the Home Economics department at the University of Washington. That program was called “Clothing and Textiles.” Working with Carol Salusso we decided to fund undergraduate and graduate student awards in conjunction with the fashion show, as well as providing […]

CAHNRS Office of Research

Harold E. Anderson Excellence Fund Endowment

Harold was one of those special people who could make anyone feel at ease. He could make conversation with anyone, and you always ended up laughing when you were around him. He always saw the good side of life. Those who knew Harold well knew he had strong opinions on many life issues, but always […]

Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership

Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL) Excellence Fund

Through applied transformative experiences and programs, the Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership prepares CAHNRS Cougs to be professionally resilient, ethical leaders, and global citizens. Through collaborations with faculty, alumni, community, and business partners, the Center will provide students with learning opportunities and connect a network of CAHNRS Cougs that can support community, foster innovation, […]

Crop and Soil Sciences

Agricultural Technology & Production Management Excellence Fund

The Agricultural Technology and Production Management Program under the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Science combines students’ creativity and interest in physical and biological sciences, technology, mathematics, and business with their desire to develop innovative solutions to a variety of agricultural problems. Uses and Purposes The principal of this fund will be used […]

Wally Staatz Turf Grass Excellence Fund

Following high school, Wallace Staatz served in the Army Signal Corps in World War II, which was followed by B.A. and M. A. degrees in Horticulture from Oregon State University. He was active in the family bulb farm in Orting, Washington until 1970 when he converted it to the High Cedars Golf Course and surrounding […]


Entomology Excellence Fund

Uses and Purposes Any and all gifts and contributions for expenditure hereunder shall be used in a manner that will advance the interests of the Entomology Department in the areas of education, research, extension and international programs, including expenditures for equipment, foreign and domestic travel, special speakers, student awards, scholarships, public relations and other activities […]

Human Development

Human Development Excellence Fund

Uses and Purposes All funds will be used in a manner that will advance the interests of the Human Development Department, including activities directly related to education, research, extension, international programs, equipment, travel, honoraria, public relations, program development and facilities.

Office of the Dean

CAHNRS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence Fund

Diversity is a source of strength and innovation for research, community, and society. The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) seeks to encourage diversity, support inclusivity among faculty, staff, and students, and provide opportunities and assistance to underrepresented groups. Uses and Purposes The principal of this Fund shall be used to benefit […]

College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Excellence Fund

The College of Agriculture and Home Economics Excellence Fund may be used at the Dean’s discretion. This may include promotion of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics through such endeavors as faculty excellence and team awards, alumni relations, student recruitment, student scholarships, equipment purchase, travel, public relations, and any project that the Dean sees may enhance the College.

George and Marjorie Day Excellence Fund

George and Marjorie Day, friends of Washington State University, established this Fund with a bequest. George, a longtime employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Marjorie both loved animals. Uses and Purposes The income from this Fund shall be divided evenly between the following two purposes: 1) At the discretion of the Dean of […]

Plant Pathology

Plant Virus Research Excellence Fund

Viruses and Virus Diseases of Plants is an extensive and intensive overview of the nature of plant viruses including taxonomy, classification, disease induction, economic impact, plant-virus interactions, transmission, genome structure and organization, ecology, epidemiology and control. This program is in the Department of Plant Pathology, within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. […]

School of Economic Sciences

Bertha C. and Roy E. Leigh Memorial Economics Excellence Fund

The fund is named in memory of Bertha C. Leigh and Roy E. Leigh, parents of Duane E. Leigh, former Professor and Chair of the WSU Department of Economics. Bertha passed away in March, 1999, and Roy passed away in April, 2007. Roy Leigh is a 1938 WSU Science (Geology) graduate and spent his career […]

Kenneth and Dorothy Casavant Family School of Economic Sciences Excellence Fund

Ken and Dorothy with their family are establishing this fund to provide for the continuing development of the School of Economic Sciences and suppoti of their students and research. By honoring the 50 years of Ken’s service to WSU and to celebrate Dorothy’s commitment to both WSU and the Pullman community; the Casavant family endeavors […]

School of the Environment

Forestry Excellence Fund

The Forestry major at WSU is an interdisciplinary program and prepares students to make a positive impact locally and globally by creating, managing, conserving, and repairing forested ecosystems. The program builds on a strong foundation in science, with an emphasis on forest ecosystems. Foresters plan, maintain, and preserve forests and forest resources for public and […]