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Mass Media Program Enhancements

Help the mass media department move forward as we continue to provide programs and opportunities that produce competitive media practitioners. Through your generosity, the department will stay true to its mission of the pursuit of excellence. Your gift as part of the Day of Giving will make a real impact in four key areas:

WIFI Film Festival 

The WIFI Film Festival will run from April 22-24, 2021, on a virtual-only platform. The festival is open and free to attend for everyone. The inaugural film festival featured over 70 films from 16 different countries, and this year’s festival will expand its educational programs and community reach.

The WIFI Film Festival will feature a variety of events, including the viewing of film submissions, alumni events, educational workshops and a presentation of awards to filmmakers. Your generous gifts will help make this festival a success by contributing to the cost of streaming the films and helping us provide free educational opportunities for the community. This year, we are having a special focus on women and film to correspond to Washburn University’s WUmester 2020. We will be having a special focus on films both by and about women. We will also feature an accomplished female director from Hollywood and a female filmmaker panel by a Washburn alumna.


Read more about the WIFI Film Festival.


The COVID-19 pandemic underscored our reliance on technology. Your gift to the mass media department will help us bring new technology to the classroom and ensure the smooth delivery of our classes. The pandemic also put a financial strain on a lot of our students who often rely on service industry jobs to pay for college. Your gift to the mass media scholarship fund will ensure that deserving students get financial assistance so that they can focus more on their education and less on how to pay for it.


The mass media department faculty believe in giving students a well-rounded and rewarding education so they can gain a fulfilling career and find their place to change the world. Scholarships make all the difference in providing the access and opportunity for students to attend the mass media program at Washburn and get their start in life with us. Through the generous support of our donors, last year we managed to award 11 endowed scholarships to 27 mass media students.

Experiential Learning with a Travel Component

Providing unique opportunities for students to learn about the world through first-hand experiences is an important goal of the mass media department. Students need to be able to take their knowledge gained in the classroom and see it put into practice. We do this through unique classes faculty have created that include travel components so students can learn outside the traditional classroom. When travel is permitted again, mass media aims to provide two experiential learning classes that include travel. These are: 

  • Walt Disney & Society: Exploring Marketing and Advertising of the Disney Corporation in Orlando, Florida

  • Filmmaking in Society: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Film Industry in Hollywood

See a Capital-Journal story about the class visit to Disney in the summer of 2019.

Highest Number of Gifts
Gifts of any size matter, and they all add up to make a major difference at Washburn University. These projects or funds have the highest number of gifts making an impact today!
Rank Prize Fund Designation Gifts
1 $1,500 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 88
2 $1,250 Mass Media Program Enhancements 71
3 $1,000 Ichabods Moving Forward 60
4 $750 LinC Bonner Scholars 56
5 $500 Project Non Nobis Solum 54
Highest Dollar Total
Your generosity shapes Washburn University's future and the opportunities available to students. Thank you for giving to these projects and departments!
Rank Prize Fund Designation Raised
1 $1,500 Saying Yes - Business Dean's Fund $15,200.00
2 $1,250 School of Law Dean's Fund for Excellence $7,055.00
3 $1,000 School of Business General Scholarship Fund $6,830.00
4 $750 Tennis $5,600.00
5 $500 Diverse Elementary Teacher Initiative $4,685.00
Mass Media Program Enhancements Match
Mike, ba '01, and Jennifer, ba '01, Edwards will match dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 for gifts toward the Mass Media Department's Program Enhancement fund.
$1,000 MATCHED
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