The Power of Giving


Giving impacts the college by facilitating research, fueling community partnerships, and growing scholarships, among others. You can explore these initiatives in the college's donor impact magazine, Spark, available online. 

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Bequest Gifts From Teachers Create Life-Changing Scholarships

The College of Education received two major gifts from generous alumnae and former teachers who included the College in their wills, Joanne Schumacher BAEd,’55 and Elizabeth Puckett, BAEd ’60.

  • Known as a woman who was very engaged in her community, Joanne Schumacher made a legacy commitment to the College through an estate gift for teacher education scholarships. Some of her closest friends, many of whom are also College of Education alumna, visited the College in March for a luncheon in memory of her life and her gift to the college.

  • A former teacher and librarian for many years before retiring, Elizabeth Puckett was a longtime Seattle resident who later retired in Moses Lake. Her estate gift to the College of Education supports student scholarships across all degree programs. She was born in Nortonville, Kansas on September 18, 1925, the daughter of Edgar and Clara Grace and was married to Leo Puckett.

Pulliam Scholarship

The daughter-in-law of a 1969 MEd alumna established a new College of Education endowed scholarship in memory of her late husband. The anonymous donor was a student of a COE alum and eventually met and married her son.  The owner of a real estate development firm and dedicated volunteer at a local hospital, she was inspired to help future teachers. The scholarship supports students with the greatest need at the Dean’s discretion.

Faculty and Student Research Gift

Seattle University Trustee, General Peter Chiarelli, designated a $25,000 campaign gift to veteran mental wellness research at the College of Education. After reviewing and discussing research, methods, advancements, challenges, and potential opportunities for this veteran research the COE professors conducting the research, Chiarelli earmarked this generous gift to allow the faculty to expand the number of research participants and refine their research methods. Chiarelli’s gift represents a vote of confidence in the Growing Veterans research and will add credibility to the research project when approaching other organizations and foundations for future funding. The Growing Veterans research was featured in the 2015 issue of the Banner.