Give to WACU

The Women for ACU have a passion for supporting the university in many ways, but assistance that goes directly to students is of particular importance. This assistance is made possible through the WACU Endowed Scholarship Fund, annual project awards and the Mary Manly Internship Program. Another avenue for serving the university is through the ACU Museum Endowed Fund, which provides money to maintain the ACU Museum.

If you would like to help WACU serve the university by donating to any of the following funds, send your contribution to:

Women for ACU
ACU Box 29133
Abilene, TX 79699-9133

Make checks payable to WACU and designate the purpose of the donation on the memo line.

WACU Endowed Scholarship

The WACU Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1970 and has grown to more than $1 million in the years since. A gift society with a variety of donation levels recognizes the generous gifts to the scholarship fund. A donor does not have to be a WACU member to support its endowed scholarship and will be added automatically to the WACU Gift Society at one of the following annual levels:
  • Bronze – $200 
  • Silver – $500 
  • Gold – $1,000 
  • Emerald – $5,000 
  • Daisy Sewell Diamond – $10,000 

Betty Nelson Annual Project Awards Program

Each year WACU donates funds to various on-campus departments for projects they are not able to fund through their operating budgets.

Over the years, WACU has helped fund such projects as a sprinkler system and landscaping around McDonald Hall; concrete benches on the campus grounds; renovation of various offices and classrooms; equipment such as tripods, drum stands, refractometers, microscopes and wireless routers; construction of the softball/soccer fieldhouse and the Hunter Welcome Center; a new Willie the Wildcat costume; and tools to build opera sets, among many other projects.  The main source for these funds is a weekly food sale held at the ACU Museum Gift Shop.

For many years Betty Nelson was the leader of food preparation for the sale, and she personally made countless numbers of pies, cakes, dessert breads and cinnamon rolls, along with other tasty items. She enlisted the assistance of others to make casseroles and freeze them for sale, as well. After her unexpected death in 2013, WACU named the annual project awards program in honor of her lifetime of service to the organization and the university.

Mary Manly Internship Program

In honor of Mary Manly, longtime museum director and curator, the WACU Museum inaugurated an internship program in 2013. The program provides ACU history students hands-on experience in museum management and curating. The internship program director arranges for field trips to other local museums for behind-the-scenes tours and provides the supplies and equipment needed to properly identify, catalogue, store and display the artifacts contained in the ACU Museum. At this time, students receive no course credit or financial stipend for their work but do have a quality experience to add to their resumes. Donations to the Mary Manly Internship Program will help to fund the field trips and purchase supplies and equipment to aid the students in their work.

ACU Museum Endowed Fund

The ACU Museum is operated and maintained by the Women for ACU with funds generated from fundraisers and donations. Fundraising includes rental revenue from meetings and social events held at the museum, income from the museum gift shop, and activities such as garage sales, book sales and engraved paver sales. A small endowment fund was created from the estate of Burnya Mae Moore, a longtime faculty member and WACU member who had a dream of creating a museum dedicated to preserving ACU history, and who provided the initial financial means to accomplish her dream. The interest generated by the endowment helps to maintain the museum, located in a craftsman-style house built in 1929 and donated to ACU by Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Jennings.

Donations to the ACU Museum Endowment Fund will help to keep the building safe and in good repair for years to come.