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Washington Gateway Academy Giving Opportunities


Program Scope and Impact

The Washington Gateway Academy has called Shepherd University home since 1991. The program is held annually each summer and is designed for students who are performing between the average and high academic range. The Academy has prepared more than 2,180 rising eighth graders from around the region to experience, plan, and prepare for college. Through activities and mini-classes, participants receive instruction and information on the benefits of a college education. Courses in mathematics, science, social studies, social justice, college preparation, and study skills are offered through a mix of classroom and field experience that includes trips to the National Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, and historic Harpers Ferry. The program has succeeded in changing learning habits, improving grades in school, and increasing the possibility for college attendance.

The Academy has been extremely successful as measured by the college-going rate of past participants. Eighty-one percent of the students who attend pursue post-secondary education. One of the most gratifying outcomes of the Academy is the growth experienced by individual participants in the span of just a week. To see students motivated to succeed after attending the Academy is just one of the successes most often referenced by counselors, faculty members, and administrators of the Washington Gateway Academy. The unique and life-changing experience that the Washington Gateway Academy offers is a point of pride for Shepherd University.

Case for Support

The Washington Gateway Academy has been a successful program for more than a quarter century and was historically funded through the state of West Virginia. State funding for this program now severely limited.

Shepherd University believes in its mission and the positive impact the week makes in the lives of its participants. Ensuring that the Gateway Academy continues at Shepherd University has been identified as a strategic funding priority. The region’s youth needs financial support to continue this life-changing program.

On average, the cost per student to participate in the weeklong Gateway Academy is $800 and covers food, lodging, transportation, and fees associated with instruction and supervision. To ensure that an Academy can be held each summer, a total of $35,000 will need to be secured each year. Financial support for the Washington Gateway Academy at Shepherd University will ensure that the region’s youth are prepared to take the next step in their education.

Sponsorship Opportunities and Ways to Give

Give to the Gateway Academy Now – Online

Sherri Janelle
Shepherd University Foundation

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