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Education Dept. Professional Clothes Closet

Students in the education programs spend a great deal of time teaching in local classrooms, attending educational events, interviewing for future teaching positions and engaging with other teachers, administrators and parents.

Appropriate attire is essential in these situations as our future teachers represent themselves and Washburn University, but many of our students have limited funds to build their professional wardrobes. Therefore, the education department plans to open a Professional Clothes Closet for our students to borrow professional clothing and accessories for special events. These Ichabods will be able to borrow men’s and women’s suits, slacks, ties, dress shoes and other items. 

This model has been successfully implemented at public libraries and other university campuses around the country, and we believe that providing this resource to our students will remove the financial and mental strain associated with obtaining professional clothing on a limited budget. Funding is needed to purchase the initial items, but the closet will continue to grow through clothing donations from members of the Washburn and Topeka communities.

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 Department Gifts
1 $2,000 Men's and Women's Golf 98
2 $1,750 Mass Media Career Accelerator Fund 96
3 $1,250 Sports Traditions and Cultural History of London 80
4 $500 Adopt-A-Turtle 78
5 $500 Volleyball 40
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 Department Raised
1 School of Business Dean's Fund $20,355.00
2 Jim Concannon Deanship $11,535.00
3 SOL Summer Public Interest Stipends $11,434.00
4 Mulvane Art Museum $11,150.00
5 Dean's Fund & Scholarships - Law $9,425.00
Education Department Professional Clothes Closet Match
The Washburn University board of trustees will match dollar-for-dollar up to $500 in gifts made to support the education department's professional clothes closet.
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