Archway Fund

The Archway Fund supports a broad range of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s initiatives to provide exceptional student experiences and build a solid foundation for NWU’s future. As part of our annual funding, the Archway Fund supports scholarships and financial aid, academic departments, NWU athletics, professors, campus beautification, new technology, small class sizes, experiential learning and more.

Tuition alone doesn’t cover the cost of the Nebraska Wesleyan educational experience. Each year, we depend on the generosity of alumni and friends to make up the difference.

The Archway Fund allows you to have an immediate impact. Your gift supports exceptional student experiences across campus right now. Your consistent support of the Archway Fund makes a signature NWU experience possible for every student every year.


Archway Fund donors in 2023-24


average first-time Archway Fund gift


raised for the Archway Fund in 2023-24

Brenda Bence (’83)

Signature experiences

I love the student to professor ratio and the personal attention that comes with it. I remember my French professor, Tony Epp, pulled me aside and said that I should go overseas and consider living in France for a while. Long story short, I went overseas for the first time as part of his nudging, and now I’ve lived overseas for 27 years. He planted that international bug.

Brenda Bence (’83)

International Relations Organization group photo fall 2019

Student activities

International Relations Organization (IRO) (pictured IRO students from Fall 2019) has created a safe space where I can be myself and represent my culture without being judged. It allows me to feel included because other people wanted to share their background and learn about others.

Rubi Vega (’21)

Anna Johnson and friends

Academic departments

I feel a strong connection with my major and minor departments and with every activity I have been a part of here. Specifically, I have found an incredible family in the music department, where I am involved in the university band and choir. I feel valued and cared for by my professors and peers, which gives me the confidence and drive to perform my best and work my hardest.

Anna Johnson (’21)

Brady Harrison in the middle of a baseball pitch


Coach Rypel has turned our program completely around. He has assembled great coaching and has gone way outside of the normal recruiting parameters and found some great ballplayers. I’m excited to come back as an alumnus and see what becomes of the program after my time at NWU.

Brady Harrison (’22)

Professor Scott Stanfield, Ph.D.


As an alumnus of a private liberal arts college, it wasn't until I started teaching here that I grasped the enormous sum students encounter over and above the cost of the education such colleges provide. Only the generosity of people who know the difference that kind of education can make, and who want to make it available to the next generation, keeps schools like NWU going. Giving to NWU is a way of passing the torch.

Scott Stanfield, Ph.D.
professor of English