Western Carolina University supporters have the chance to grow a student emergency fund when they commission a brick paver for the Catamount Legacy Walk.
Each 4-by-8-inch, reddish-orange brick paver commissioned through a $125 gift to the Catamount Legacy Walk will be engraved with a message from the donor and installed on a walkway on campus.
“When students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends commission a brick to honor student achievements or remember someone, they write a piece of the WCU history that will be preserved on this walk and leave a legacy for students to come,” said Jane Adams-Dunford, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs.
Eighty percent of each Catamount Legacy Walk donation goes directly to the WCU Division of Student Affairs Student Emergency Fund, with the remaining amount used for maintenance of the walk and Alumni Tower. The student emergency fund, which is administered by a committee, offers limited financial assistance when students are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship resulting from an emergency.
“Students have crises. We all have crises,” said Adams-Dunford. “This emergency fund can do so many wonderful things, and I hope it intervenes at the right moment so students still feel valued and supported to pursue their educational goals.”
With enough donations, the first section of 300 pavers will be engraved and installed as a group near the Alumni Tower in the spring before commencement, said Adams-Dunford.
Katie Spear, a 2003 Western Carolina University alumna, said she was moved to support the Catamount Legacy Walk.
“That I might be able to help a WCU student – the reason for the Legacy Walk – by honoring a friend compelled me to give,” said Spear, who now works in New York as an executive assistant with Martha Stewart Living. “Emergency funds are incredibly important, and I was certainly aware of students who could have benefited from access to an emergency fund while I was attending WCU.”
For more information, visit legacywalk.wcu.edu online or contact the Division of Student Affairs at 828-227-7234.