Endowment Information


The Graduate Student Association Research and Travel Endowment was established by the 2002-03 Graduate Student Association Senate (GSAS) in order to increase the amount of funds available to award grants to graduate students enrolled in the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. Currently GSAS awards approximately $9500 in research and travel grants using money from graduate student fees. The endowment will provide increased funding for graduate student research and travel to scholarly conferences.


The advantages of obtaining an advanced degree at a comprehensive university such as Appalachian State include a dedication to instruction and a more intimate relationship with both the faculty and fellow students. Graduate students at Appalachian State University have very active roles in directing their research and obtaining funding for the advancement of their project proposals. In addition, students must find funding to travel to professional conferences and symposiums in order to stay at the forefront of their field of study. The competition for external funding is fierce and can be a daunting challenge for anyone. The Graduate Student Research and Travel Endowment has been established by and solely for ASU graduate students, and will serve as an internal source of financial support.


GSAS is seeking endowment contributions of all sizes to support graduate students in their scholastic activities. In the last six years over $10,000 has been raised. Persons interested in contributing may write checks or money orders to the Appalachian Foundation. Please send contributions to the Graduate School (ASU Box 32068; Boone, NC 28608), using the Endowment Donation form [PDF] or with a note stating that the funds are being donated to the GSAS Research and Travel Endowment (#94128).

Donation levels:

  • Individual: $25
  • Bronze: $50
  • Silver: $100
  • Gold: $250
  • Platinum: $500
  • Diamond: $1,000
  • Naming: $5,000