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Major Giving

Foundation Directors of Development work closely with individual donors and with the university to focus on the priorities of each, helping to guide the significant and thoughtful commitments that have a major impact on the future of Wyoming’s university.

Directors of Development Help Donors and UW Realize Their Vision

From connection to completion of a major gift to ongoing communication, directors of development build relationships with donors who have the capacity and affinity to donate a major gift. A major gift is defined as a gift of over $25,000. These are often used to establish an endowment, which allows the students of yesterday to leave a legacy that impacts the students of tomorrow. Directors of development also know their assigned college or unit inside out—its needs and future goals and its plans for research and expansion. In this way, they are perfectly suited to help donors achieve the impact they hope for with their generous gifts and to help UW have the resources it needs to achieve its long-term goals.

Paul Stock

Born in 1894, Paul Stock of Cody went to work at age 15 as a roughneck. Described as “hard-nosed, hard-playing, hard-working, and hard-living,” he also had a kind and generous heart, a western-style sense of humor, and a great deal of affection for children. He organized the Paul Stock Foundation in 1957 to help students pursue higher education. The foundation supports endowed scholarships and research projects for outstanding students all across campus—in all eight colleges and UW–Casper.

Frank and Barbara Mendicino

Frank Mendicino is an alum, lawyer, former state legislator and attorney general, businessman, and UW Foundation board member. He and his wife Barbara have supported programs across campus, not least of all Frank’s home college, Business, through the endowed Mendicino Family Chair in Sales and Salesmanship. The chair is currently held by Dr. Mark Leach, who researches business-to-business marketing and sales.

Northern Arapaho and Chief Washakie Scholarships

The Northern Arapaho Scholarship supports enrolled members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, and the Chief Washakie Scholarship supports students with significant ties to the Wind River Reservation. The former was created in 1987 when the Northern Arapaho Tribe gave $500,000 to UW, which was doubled by state matching funds. The latter was established in 2003 when the Chief Washakie Foundation gave $200,000 to UW, which was doubled by state matching funds. Chief Washakie was an important leader of the Shoshone people. These are just two of the endowments that support Native American students at UW.


Contact For More Information

John Stark

John Stark

Senior Vice President for Development
Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
307-766-3930 | jdstark@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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