Your investment in supporting Woodbury University’s mission helps provide the highest level of professional and liberal arts education to promising students in a rapidly changing and complex world. Explore the many ways you can help support the university and preserve the Woodbury experience for future students.

Below are a series of university-wide, or school-specific funds which you an support. Click on the links to learn more about each fund and make your gift.

University Giving Opportunities

Supporting our students across the Woodbury community

Woodbury Fund


All gifts and pledges will help secure the future of Woodbury University and shape the futures of our students. Your support is a vote of confidence in our efforts to nurture, challenge and transform the lives of students and allows us to be good stewards of this extraordinary University.

While larger portions of the university operating budget come from tuition and the endowment, The Woodbury University Fund is essential to the financial health of the university. Gifts are unrestricted and support each of our four schools, Student Affairs, academic programs, scholarships, and the library. Your commitment make an immediate difference today! How we apply your investment:

Student Scholarships: Woodbury University is committed to financial accessibility and socioeconomic diversity among its students, and offers competitive merit-based financial aid to top-performing scholars.
Faculty Support: By recruiting and retaining accomplished teacher-scholars, Woodbury ensures that student achievement remains a priority. This support encourages faculty scholarship and enables professors to implement innovative teaching methods in the classroom.
Presidential Priorities: These funds provide unrestricted support that may be used to address the current, most pressing needs and also allows the president to seize immediate opportunities for the benefit of the university. These include:

  • Student travel for study abroad
  • Immersive and hands-on learning experiences for students

The Woodbury University Scholarship Fund was established for the sole purpose of providing scholarships to students currently enrolled in Woodbury University. Scholarships are a way to bridge the gap for those who are academically able yet financially challenged.100% of your gift goes directly to students that have demonstrated need.

Social Justice

Woodbury University is committed to building a culture that values diversity, open communication, collaboration and engagement. As part of our commitment to institutional diversity, we are launching a new Social Justice Scholarship Fund that will provide scholarships to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who are themselves committed to eradicate social injustice and ensure lasting equality, respect, opportunity and justice for all.

New undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for a Woodbury University Social Justice Scholarship who are underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, members of immigrant families, multi-racial, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, from first in generation to attend college and/or educationally disadvantaged families. The scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or creed.

Each School/College shall make applications available and select the recipients.  Private contributions to the Fund will be directed consistent with donor request into four categories:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Business
  • School of Media, Culture and Design

Student eligibility requirements include:

  • Recipients shall be new students who have enrolled as full-time students in an undergraduate program with financial need.
  • The award is $2,000 for the academic year in which the recipient is enrolled full-time or $1,000 for the academic year for part-time. The awards may be renewable on an annual basis depending on the balance of the Fund.
  • Recipients shall submit an essay that describes their academic goals, intended strategies for attaining the stated goals, and commitment to social justice. The award criteria will include: 1) clarity of purpose; 2) ability to communicate effectively; and, 3) coherence of academic plan.
Friends of the Library

The Friends include sponsorship of special projects, informing the public of the resources and services of the library, funding services and materials that are beyond the command of the ordinary library budget, and performing other services deemed useful to the Library.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is a renewable, need and merit-based award. Representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to academic excellence and enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.


This fund supports the educational aspirations of our students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, and/or queer (LGBTQ) communities.

Villa Cabrini
Villa Cabrini Chapel (now Woodbury's Library)
An image of the Villa Cabrini Chapel (now Woodbury’s Library) from a school yearbook (Via The Museum of the San Fernando Valley)

This fund establishes seed funding to create an endowed scholarship to formally be known as the Villa Cabrini Scholarship Fund. This fund honors the legacy of the women of Villa Cabrini Academy and their endearing legacy

Seta Javor

The Seta Javor Student Scholarship Fund honors long-time Woodbury staff member, Seta Javor. During Seta’s three decades at the university, she has been dedicated to helping students succeed. This scholarship is designed to provide support for students with a demonstrated financial need as well as to help increase the diversity of the student population at Woodbury.

The Woodbury High School Academy Fund supports those students who participate in Woodbury’s yearly summer high school academy courses. These intensive summer courses are for rising 11th and 12th-grade high school students who are looking to explore their higher education options while getting a jump on college credit.

  • Donations will be used primarily to cover the tuition of students and course materials related to instruction.
  • Donations can be directed to the course/s of the donor’s choice.
  • Unused donations will be carried over to the following year.

School of Architecture Giving Opportunities

School of Architecture Fund

School of Architecture at Dwell on Design

The School of Architecture Fund provides a unique opportunity to help shape the future of education by helping students to realize their unique, personal design vision, while developing technical, theoretical and communicative skills. By investing in the School of Architecture Fund, you will provide the flexible funding the school needs to implement innovative ideas, meet its highest priority needs, respond quickly to emerging opportunities and invest in areas of the highest potential.

Agency for Civic Engagement


The vision of ACE at Woodbury University is to empower students to improve underserved communities through design, business and media. ACE connects students and faculty with nonprofit and governmental organizations to realize projects for the public.

Students work collaboratively across disciplines to combine skills and test their fields of study on real projects and local issues. Reinforcing the capacity of young generations to create impact, ACE projects are made to benefit the common good: architectural design/build works, business plans for organizations, graphic design, films, journalistic and creative writing, and other services. Framing opportunities to make a difference, ACE supports student learning through inclusive and socially equitable research, outreach and engagement.

Your gift helps support ACE student activities. For more information about ACE projects, see Agency for Civic Engagement.


Norman Millar

The Norman R. Millar Scholarship Endowment was established to honor Dean Millar’s sixteen year legacy of educating architects and designers. Annual income from this endowment will support Woodbury School of Architecture student scholarships.

Nick Roberts

As a professor, Nick Roberts understood the value of student experiential learning. Nick’s legacy lives on with the Nick Roberts Endowed Scholarship Fund which is designed to support Woodbury School of Architecture students in their study away experiences throughout the world.



In 2007, Maxine (formerly Stussy) and Ray Frankel gifted a collection of artist Jan Stussy’s work to the Woodbury School of Architecture. Since then, the University has taken significant steps to preserve and protect the collection of this important mid-century California painter. An exciting next development of this project is a series of exhibitions and a catalog that will bring attention to the work and unique partnership of Jan Stussy and sculptor Maxine Kim Stussy Frankel. Support for this rare opportunity will uncover the important voices of Jan Stussy and Maxine Kim Stussy.



The San Fernando Valley chapter of AIA (AIA|SFV) has gifted an endowment to Woodbury University’s School of Architecture.  The American Institute of Architects is a professional association whose members are comprised of licensed architects and dedicated to furthering the architecture profession in local communities.  Since 2001, AIA|SFV has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to over 120 Woodbury School of Architecture students.  Proceeds from the endowment will go toward funding scholarships to architecture and interior architecture students at the Burbank campus.  Support for this endowment will directly benefit our students.

Donations by Check

Checks should be made payable to Woodbury University and mailed to:

Woodbury University
University Advancement
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-1052

Donations by Credit Card

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San Diego Scholarship Fund

The San Diego campus community centers around a faculty-designed building provides space for studio culture and hands-on, craft-based design. The families, artists and activists in Barrio Logan create an engaging neighborhood to share and to investigate. The active border region provides many unique study opportunities. The scholarship fund provides a unique opportunity to help shape the future of education by helping students in San Diego.


Woodbury’s American Institute of Architecture Students organization (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to advancing leadership, design, and service among architecture students. Donations help to facilitate trips, lectures, firm visits and forums. AIAS also hosts on-campus events for architecture students.


Julius Shulman Institute
Woodbury University students studying architectural photography at the Julius Shulman Institute (JSI).
Julius Shulman Institute (JSI) Exhibition at Ahmanson Main Space. Photo by John Southern


The Julius Shulman Institute (JSI) is a programming and research unit housed in the School of Architecture at Woodbury University. Julius Shulman was one of the world’s most significant architectural photographers. His work helped to introduce modern architecture, and particularly the work of dozens of renowned Southern California-based architects to a broad populace. His archive, now housed at the Getty Research Institute, provides an unparalleled window into Los Angeles’ mid-twentieth century built history. Shulman established the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University in 2005 with the goal of promoting an appreciation and understanding of the built environment, particularly as mediated by photography, to aspiring students of design and architecture and to the general public.

Your gift helps support JSI public programming and student activities that promotes photography as a means to understand and appreciate the cultural value and significance of the discipline of architecture from interior architecture to landscape architecture and urban design.

School of Business Opportunities

The Dean’s Discretionary Fund

The Dean’s Discretionary Fund provides a unique opportunity to help shape the future of business education and produce the leaders and managers of tomorrow, while providing the foundation of support that the school’s needs to be successful. By investing in the Dean’s Discretionary Fund, you will provide the flexible funding the school needs to implement innovative ideas, meet its highest priority needs, respond quickly to emerging opportunities and invest in areas of the highest potential.


School of Business Management Future


Open to full-time students enrolled in the Department of Accounting and pursuing degrees in Accounting.

Student Entrepreneurs Support Fund

This fund honors and encourages the efforts of budding entrepreneurs, who are students at Woodbury’s School of Business, or are members of one of the School of Business-headquartered professional student organizations, CEO and BPWoW.

College of Liberal Arts Giving Opportunities


The College of Liberal Arts Scholarship is designed to support the recruitment of qualified, incoming students in one of the College’s six majors: Computer Science Data Analytics, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Professional Writing, or Public Safety Administration.



The MORIA Literary Magazine Fund supports the publication of MORIA, a national literary magazine with an all-student editorial board, based here at Woodbury University.  MORIA accepts poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from emerging and established writers in the United States and across the world. The undergraduates who serve as editors and managers of the magazine participate in a dedicated course on campus, where they learn the fundamentals of producing an online literary journal with a professional focus.  Currently, MORIA publishes once a year in the late fall and sponsors the popular First Press Reading Series that includes open mic sessions.

Writing Department

The Writing Department Fund supports the work of the students, student tutors, and faculty of the Woodbury University Writing Department.  The Department is home to the major and minor in Writing, which provide concentrated practice and instruction in creative and technical writing, the First Year Composition program, which helps students gain a foundation in university-level writing skills, and the Writing Center, which provides peer tutoring services to students in all the university’s programs.  The Writing Department is a dynamic and forward-looking community of writers that also sponsors readings, discussions, workshops, and other campus events.

Center for Leadership, Equity, and Diversity

As a linchpin to connect, engage, educate and empower all the rich elements of our campus community tapestry, Woodbury’s University’s Center for Leadership, Diversity And Equity (LEAD) is grounded in the values of social justice, building strong alliances with visionary up-and-coming leaders and catalyzing positive change. There is no greater challenge today on and off a college campus today than to harness our collective strengths for the common betterment to learn, serve and transform.

The Dean’s Discretionary Fund

The Dean’s Discretionary Fund provides a unique opportunity to help shape the future of liberal arts education and produce the thought leaders of tomorrow, while providing the foundation of support that the school’s needs to be successful. By investing in the Dean’s Discretionary Fund, you will provide the flexible funding the school needs to implement innovative ideas, meet its highest priority needs, respond quickly to emerging opportunities and invest in areas of the highest potential.

The Black Intellectual Groundworks (B.I.G.) Fund

The Black Intellectual Groundworks (B.I.G.) aims to build academic and co-curricular resources that honor and celebrate the Pan-African tradition of culture and scholarship. Starting from the acquisition and cataloguing of dedicated materials that align all majors and minors in the university curriculum with this rich tradition, the B.I.G. also engages the community by organizing talks and outreach events. In its commitment to social justice and enlightenment, the B.I.G. is a collaborative effort between faculty from the College of Liberal Arts, the Black Student Association, the University Library and the rest of the Woodbury family. Your donation will be utilized for the acquisition of library materials, bringing exciting speakers to campus, and hosting co-curricular events.

School of Media, Culture & Design Giving Opportunities

Student Experiences

 The School of Media Culture & Design Fund provides a unique opportunity to help shape the future of education by supporting students as they develop their personal educational vision and realize their professional goals. The fund provides flexible funding to meet high priority needs and respond quickly to emerging opportunities and innovative learning experiences.

Student Scholarships

 About 75% of Media, Culture & Design students receive some form of aid with scholarships directly benefiting students in highly impactful ways. Your gift of a creative and critical studies scholarship will provide remarkable educational opportunities and support students in advancing their futures and ultimately changing their lives.

Visual Storytelling

Animation is the art of visual storytelling. Help students as they learn to tell those stories and produce their own films through the creation of amazing animated characters and worlds. Your gift will assist our students as they learn to produce awe-inspiring animations and develop exciting entertainment for the next generation.

Computer Science through Media Arts


Help our Applied Computer Science students become active creators and developers of the new digital age through support of initiatives involving virtual reality, new media, environments, interactive and mobile applications, robotics, and more. Your gift will support our students in the creation of exciting media arts projects that will advance the profession.

Producing a Future

 Support the filmmakers of tomorrow as they learn screenwriting, producing, cinematography, directing, film marketing and distribution, and apply those skills to the creation of their unique film vision. Your gift will assist our students as they learn to tell stories and develop exciting entertainment for the next generation.

Game Art & Design

 Video games have become much more than just entertainment. They have the power to not only bring people together, but to teach, train, and inform their users. Technology that was developed to make games is now being used in healthcare, education, and scientific exploration. Support our students as they learn to develop games that entertain and educate.

Fashion Study Collection


The Rosalee Utterbach Fashion Study Collection is a 5,000-piece collection of accessories and garments from the 18th century to today. It provides a hands-on experience for the study of garments based on construction techniques, designer attribution, or chronology. Your gift helps to preserve the collection as a historical resource for students and the community.

Visual Communication for a Cause

 Support Graphic Design students as they create profound visual communication projects to promote social, political, and cultural issues in the local and global communities. Your gift will help students bring to light real-world problems concerning the environment, suicide, race, culture, freedom of speech, foster care, health, and many more issues affecting society today.

Magazine Communication


Support our Communication students as they learn about digital and print journalism through 7500 Magazine, Woodbury’s student-run publication encapsulating arts, entertainment, and culture in the greater Los Angeles area. Each issue of the magazine highlights the stories of inspiring and intriguing people in local neighborhoods.

Psychology Research

 Partner with Psychology students as they help people and communities thrive and solve problems through their investigative research projects on topics such as social media, sexual harassment, and personal relationships, many of which have been accepted for presentation at professional psychology conferences. Your gift will assist students with project research expenses

Community Broadcasting

 WU Radio, an internet station with a local focus and a global audience, enables Woodbury Communication students to get hands-on experience with broadcasting in the digital era and develop skills in podcasting, investigative reporting, or music programming. Your gift will support students in developing programming for multiple community audiences.

The Fabric Fund provides a unique opportunity to help fashion design students in sourcing fabric for their senior collections. The global fashion industry is going through an amazing transformation, and because of the demand for innovative, sustainable and smart materials, our students rely on contributions from generous individuals to help meet costs of executing their collections, experimenting new materials, realizing their creative streak and refining their talent. By providing this opportunity, you are supporting and inspiring our passionate fashion design students to create an impact on design, environment, and technology. We thank you for this very worthwhile investment in the future of the fashion industry.

More opportunities

Here are some additional ways that you can support Woodbury.

Checks should be made payable to Woodbury University and mailed to:

Woodbury University
University Advancement
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-1052

Note: Woodbury’s Tax ID is 95-2786163

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Endowment reflects the support of alumni and friends who are helping shape the university’s present and future. Endowment refers to assets that are invested for the long term and intended to provide a permanent source of financial support for the university. This is in contrast to expendable funds, which are typically used for immediate needs.

Woodbury alumni and friends who want to support the university can do so and reap the income and tax benefits. Planned-giving benefits may include life income, future continued use of gift property, and avoiding capital gains tax as well as providing donors with an immediate income tax deduction.

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