Academy Funding Needs
- Innovation Hub
- Dean’s Programs Initiatives
- Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
- Center for Leadership & Diversity in STEM
- Center for Molecular Science
- Combating Terrorism Center
- Consolidated Scholarship Program
- Cyber Initiatives
- Digital History Center
- Earth Science Field Study Program
- Foreign Language Teaching Enhancement Program
- Humanities Center
- Lieber Institute
- Model UN
- Photonics Center
- Space Domain Center
- West Point Leadership Center
- West Point Writing Fellows Program
Superintendent’s Unrestricted Endowment/Fund
The Superintendent’s Endowment is comprised of unrestricted endowment gifts, providing the Superintendent with a reliable source of flexible funding to support existing priorities as well as innovative opportunities as they emerge over time. The Superintendent’s Annual Fund is comprised of annual unrestricted gifts, allowing the Superintendent the flexibility to direct funds to existing priorities as well as emerging, innovative opportunities wherever they are most needed at any given time. The Superintendent’s Annual Fund includes unrestricted gifts to the Parents Fund.
CIAG Character Development Lab
The mission of the Character Integration and Advisory Group (CIAG) is to elevate, promote, integrate, and lead character development across the four development programs—military, academic, physical, and character. The Lab will conduct virtual moral-action scenarios to facilitate assessment of character development interventions. Scenario research will include cadets and the use of virtual reality technology which can monitor involuntary and unconscious physical reactions. Quantitative and qualitative data can be collected for use in longitudinal studies and assessing the effectiveness of various character interventions. CIAG will also offer CIADs (Character Individual Advanced Development) opportunities to cadets who have been selected to serve on the Honor, Trust, Respect, and Peer Support Committees.
The Link at Trophy Point
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Considered by the Academy as a public portal to West Point on Trophy Point, this new 42,000 square-foot facility will enable West Point to showcase its academic depth and commitment to the study of the human dimension of warfare thereby providing a “link” between the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines. Fully funded by the Margin of Excellence, this facility will provide much needed cadet and faculty interdisciplinary collaboration and conference space. The facility will include a theater and will be home to the Office of Admissions Welcome Center, the first stop for cadet candidates and their families.
Academy Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
It is critical that our graduates reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the Army they will lead, and of the citizenry they will protect. A diverse and inclusive organization that is representative of the society it serves will draw from the highest quality of available recruits, which inherently improves the force. West Point must have an environment, resources, and a strategy to attract and retain that talent and ensure every cadet’s success at the Academy. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiatives will ensure that vital diversity and inclusion programs and Margin of Excellence initiatives continue to thrive, even during uncertain funding scenarios.
The Chaplain’s Endowment and Fund will provide flexible funding to the Chaplain in addressing renovations and upgrades to West Point’s chapels in compliance with historical guidelines, provide support to contemporary worship through resources such as musical instruments, audio/visual equipment, and computerized programming supporting worship services, and general support to the chapels for immediate and emerging needs.
Admissions Minority Visitation Program
The Minority Visitation Program is a critical piece of West Point’s diversity goals. It pays for highly-qualified minority cadet candidates and an accompanying parent to travel to West Point and experience cadet life, including the barracks, academics, athletics, and cadet clubs. By providing the opportunity to visit West Point and spend time with cadets, candidates are offered a compelling look into the high level of academic and military education offered and are thus able to make an informed decision regarding their future college choice. The program also facilitates proper recruitment and mentoring of prospective students of all backgrounds and helps to ensure that West Point attracts the very best talent our country has to offer and will sustain a diverse and inclusive Corps of Cadets.
USMA Preparatory School (USMAPS) Endowment
This endowment provides unrestricted, flexible funding to the USMAPS Commander as he/she responds to requests from the major activities at the Prep School: co-curricular clubs, Academic Enrichment Program trip sections and academic competitions, travel and specialized equipment for Prep School athletes, and leader development program trip sections and guest speakers.
Egner Hall (funded)
The Egner Hall Renovation Project will upgrade the Glee Club’s rehearsal space into a state-of-the-art permanent home base for the Club. A digital acoustic system will significantly improve practice conditions to expedite learning, improve team skills, and reinforce individual technique. Installing recording capability in the Glee Club room will increase public outreach through more frequent recording and will enable them to capture organic, acoustic performance. An audio-visual installation will connect with the West Point Band audio tech studio, allowing for interaction with guest artists and presenters, commissioned composers, and viewing performances of other groups. Centralized HVAC will provide consistent temperature and relative humidity for the care of equipment, library, and archives, as well as Cadets and staff at work! Facility improvements will benefit other performing Cadet Support Clubs, such as the Spirit Band, String Ensemble, and Rock Band with adequate temperature-controlled storage for expensive instruments, climate-controlled rehearsal spaces, and more functional use of existing space through design improvements.
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The Cyber & Engineering Academic Center (CEAC) and Mathematics & Systems Engineering Center (MSEC) will create a modern academic hub that will enable and inspire collaboration across disciplines that simply cannot happen in the current 1960’s-style office buildings/classroom spaces. This means open, collaborative spaces where cadets and faculty from many majors can collide, interact, and see each other’s work—igniting innovation. The CEAC and MSEC will provide wide-open spaces for designing and building solutions to real problems, encouraging collaboration across the artificial boundaries created by organizational structures and physical spaces. This will be accomplished through appropriately designed spaces and adjacencies. With the completion of the Innovation Hub, we will have science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines shoulder to shoulder in the same spaces, working together with their humanities and social science partners to create innovative solutions and learn the skills needed for a modern, technical Army.
Dean’s Program Initiatives
Dean’s Unrestricted Endowment/Fund
The Dean’s Unrestricted Endowment and Fund are comprised of unrestricted gifts allowing the Dean the flexibility to direct funds to existing and emerging priorities within the Academic Program.
Academic Enrichment Program (13 departments)
The Academic Enrichment Program provides individual endowments for each of the Academy’s 13 academic departments. These endowments provide essential and unrestricted resources to sustain quality teaching, research, and outreach at West Point.
Academy Scholars Program (13 departments)
The Academy Scholars Program provides funding for cadet AIADs (Academic Individual Advanced Development) which include domestic internships and cultural immersion opportunities.
West Point Press
The West Point Press serves in a publishing capacity to highlight and showcase both literary and scholarly works authored by West Point cadets and faculty. The Press focuses on four main lines of effort: a literary magazine, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, e-books (via existing Rowan platform), and print book publications.
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is an academic center aimed at educating the country’s current and future leaders on how past genocides have occurred and what can be done to prevent them in the future. It offers a range of programming designed to teach the causes, contexts, and consequences of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide while instilling within cadets a deep sense of history, ethics, and responsibility. Beyond West Point, the CHGS serves as a vital resource on atrocity prevention and response issues across the globe.
Center for Leadership & Diversity in STEM
The Center for Leadership & Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is dedicated to attracting, inspiring, and strengthening STEM talent for our country—specifically among minority populations, which are underrepresented within the STEM workforce. The Center offers a comprehensive program of STEM education and career path development for youth and scholars, seeking to build an overall stronger STEM pipeline.
Center for Molecular Science
The Center will provide cadets with state-of-the-art instrumentation, summer research internships, scientific conference travel, peer-review publications, guest lectures, and research opportunities with faculty and post-doctoral fellows in the fields of bioengineering, nanomaterials, and clinical studies.
Combating Terrorism Center
The Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) was established in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, with the mission of arming current and future leaders with the intellectual tools needed to defeat and deter terrorist threats. This internationally renowned center connects academic experts with military leaders and other government agencies to facilitate research, education, and policy analysis at both the strategic and intellectual levels. The CTC is one of the nation’s largest providers of counter-terrorism education.
Consolidated Scholarship Program
CLS Pre-Med Scholarship
The Pre-Medical Scholarship program prepares USMA graduates to serve as Army physicians in support of soldiers, military families, and wounded warriors. The program supports approximately 200 cadets each year who show interest in and the intellectual aptitude to pursue a medical degree. Cadets participate in the annual West Point Medicine and Life Science Forum, as well as physician shadowing, clinical outreach and research, pre-medical conferences, and medical AIAD opportunities. These experiences, in addition to the support and mentorship provided for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation, set the stage for graduates’ success in pursuing a career in military medicine.
CME Technical Scholarship
The Technical Scholars program provides information and opportunities for approximately 85 cadets per graduating class who express interest in any of the 6 technical scholarship opportunities: the Goldwater (an undergraduate scholarship), Hertz Foundation, National Science Foundation, and Churchill Scholarships, as well as the Lincoln and Draper Laboratory Fellowships. With necessary funding, the program will support the formal, interdisciplinary Critical Scientific Reasoning course as well as provide support to cadets in developing their application products that include technical research proposals and related materials. The Technical Scholarship program is distinct from but works in concert with, the USMA Graduate Scholarship and EXCEL Scholars programs.
SOSH Graduate Scholarship
The Graduate Scholarship Program offers intensive mentorship of cadet graduate scholarship candidates by assisting them in synthesizing their experiences in the academic, military, physical, and character programs – as well as their other developmental experience as cadets – and in formulating and articulating visions for their future service. The program consists of a formal course sequence and developmental experiences beyond the classroom. Cadets in the program apply for nationally-competitive scholarships ranging from the deferrable Truman Scholarship (awarded in the junior year) to the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates Cambridge, Mitchell, Rotary, East-West, and Fulbright Scholarships, each of which provides for one to two years of graduate schooling immediately following commissioning.
Army Cyber Institute Cadet Competitive Cyber Policy Team
The Cadet Competitive Cyber 9/12 Policy Team is a multidisciplinary team of approximately 16 cadets that trains and competes in the National Security Agency Cyber Exercise (NCX) policy module. The policy module is one of five in NCX, a year-round education, training, and exercise program that culminates in a three-day cyber competition that challenges participating service academy and military service college students in near full-spectrum cyber operations. Cadets from across academic departments are participants on this team, which also participates in other domestic and international cyber strategy challenges.
Research Center Cadet Cyber Team
The Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) is comprised of 20 cadets who have been selected from over 100 cadets who are part of the Cadet Activities’ cyber club. The team, coached by members of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science rotating faculty, competes on both the collegiate level nationally and in international cyber competitions, developing computer and network security skills and fostering a team culture conducive to developing leaders of character.
Digital History Center
Housed within the Department of History, and taking seeded beginnings from the former Cartographic Center for Excellence, the Digital History Center (DHC) at West Point will be a twenty-first century public-facing digital makerspace that not only preserves—but also makes interactive—a critical corpus of primary source materials and cutting-edge publications, instilling “wisdom through history” for the next generation of U.S. Army Officers and beyond. The DHC will serve as a content-generating digital laboratory, create opportunities for cadets to experience history through interactive augmented and virtual reality products, and widen the scope of historical inquiry by building customized, codable databases of historical information. As the world of information gathering, analysis, and dissemination rapidly changes, it is imperative that West Point engage tomorrow’s officers in the robust lessons of yesterday and equip them with full proficiency of cutting-edge technology so they can succeed in leading the Army of the future anywhere in the world.
Earth Science Field Study Program
A two- to three-week field study (AIAD) focusing on geology, aquatic science, and a host of other earth science topics. The experience offers field-based education and introduces and reinforces disciplinary depth, critical thinking and creativity, and lifelong learning skills not able to be developed in classroom study.
Foreign Language Teaching Enhancement Program
The Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program is an international teaching exchange program under the U.S. Dept of State. Junior foreign language teachers, who travel from their home countries to share their languages and cultures with students in US universities, spend one year with the Department of Foreign Languages, enhancing USMA’s ability to provide a highly immersive and culturally diverse environment for cadets to learn foreign languages and cultures. Considered together with the Semester Abroad program, the FLTA program complements and enhances the Academy’s in-house classroom instruction.
The new West Point Humanities Center will serve as a hub for humanities scholarship and research programs, creative arts, performances, and public engagement, fostering interdisciplinary intellectual development and innovation. As the only military academy humanities center, the West Point Humanities Center will be a unique and vital nexus of the humanities, engaged citizenship, and service to the nation.
Lieber Institute for Law & Land Warfare facilitates and contributes to the global dialogue on today’s most pressing and complex law of war issues. Through its research, publications, events, and education, it strives to advance the understanding and maintain the primacy of law in today’s armed conflicts. The Institute leverages academic and military expertise to examine the role of the law of armed conflict in emerging conflicts around the world and ensure the law’s relevance in contemporary warfare.
West Point’s Model UN Team ranks as one of the top North American college teams. By participating on the team, cadets challenge themselves and one another to clearly and compellingly discuss complex topics and further their understanding of pressing national and international issues. Furthermore, cadets act as Academy ambassadors, helping to educate their civilian peers on the West Point experience.
The Photonics Research Center in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering conducts cutting-edge high energy laser and photonics research and provides experiential opportunities for cadets and faculty in the study of photonics (the physical science of light waves). The results of the research will be used by the Army and the Department of Defense in developing directed energy systems, not only developing technical solutions to Army problems but educating officers with knowledge of laser technologies and capabilities for the defense of the nation.
Space Domain Center
The Center supports the increasing connections to the space domain within multi-domain operations, and offers cadets exposure to unique experiences future leaders will be required to understand as the nation’s reliance on space operations continues to expand.
West Point Leadership Center
West Point’s primary vehicle for influencing leadership development is the West Point Leadership Center, an academic center responsible for leadership development, practice, and research. The center strengthens the leadership development provided to all West Point cadets through a range of initiatives, instilling new knowledge that expands leaders’ understanding of the world and human and organizational behavior, and facilitating coaching, mentoring, and reflection. The Leadership Center concentrates on three lines of effort: Character and Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusive Leadership, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and aims to advance and nurture responsible leadership development within West Point, the Army, government entities, educational institutions, and corporations.
West Point Writing Fellows Program
The multidisciplinary Writing Fellows Program, under the Office of the Dean, is a rigorous, nationally-recognized effort to develop thoughtful and effective communicators in every domain—academic, technical, and military. Established in 2012, this proven, growing program supports cadets and faculty through innovative courses in writing scholarship and teaching, peer-to-peer consultations, presentations at juried conferences, AIADs, and partnerships with outside experts. Cadet Fellows, in particular, receive intensive support for their own personal, professional, and civic writing projects; likewise, faculty across departments develop as both writers and teachers of writing through the opportunities the Program offers. Ultimately, cadets and faculty across the Academy benefit from the focus and expertise of key leaders in the Program who concurrently advance Army Senior Leader (ASL) priorities that stress the criticalness of sound verbal and written communication for senior officers.
Cadet Activities Unrestricted Endowment/Fund
Cadet Activities (DCA) provides co-curricular, recreational, cultural, spiritual, and social outlets for cadets that contribute to cadet development militarily, physically, academically, ethically, spiritually, and socially. DCA is comprised of more than 100 different clubs. Every activity provides valuable leadership opportunities for cadets, placing them in charge of training, scheduling, budgeting, travel, and other operations. Annual operating funds as well as a few club endowments are needed.
Commandant’s Unrestricted Endowment/Fund
The Commandant’s Unrestricted Endowment and Fund are comprised of unrestricted gifts allowing the Commandant the flexibility to direct funds to existing and emerging priorities within the US Corps of Cadets. In addition to the Brigade Tactical Department, the four directorates under the Commandant’s command are the Department of Physical Education, Department of Military Instruction, Directorate of Cadet Activities, and the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.
Modern War Institute
With the return to Great Power Competition that combines accelerating and massive technological, demographic, and environmental changes with a revisionist China, revanchist Russia, revolutionary Iran, and a rogue North Korea, the Modern War Institute prepares the Army, as part of the Joint, Combined, and Inter-Agency team, to win tomorrow, by shaping the Army and West Point today. MWI continuously generates new knowledge and adapts existing theories of war by promoting research and informed debate & discussion among military & national security professionals, policymakers, and academics; it then integrates those insights across USMA’s military & academic programs and broader Army, as well as our Joint, Combined, and Inter-Agency partners.
West Point Simulation Center
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Located in the basement of Bradley Barracks, the approximate 4,000 sq ft center will provide the full spectrum of technology-based simulation training programs, offering the capability for the delivery of simulations to cadets to enhance training and research in the areas of marksmanship, synthetic mounted maneuver, eSports, accelerated human cognitive decision-making, and mission command planning and communications.
Cadet Glee Club
The Cadet Glee Club is one of the Academy’s most visible and iconic groups. For more than 100 years, the Cadet Glee Club has served as a strategic messaging arm of West Point, bringing the Academy to communities throughout the nation, providing inspiration and entertainment to millions. Participation in the Cadet Glee Club provides cadets with the opportunity to develop and pursue their musical talents and perform as ambassadors of West Point and the Army.
Cadet Parachute Team
This endowment will fund a team that serves a threefold mission: to develop leadership and confidence under demanding and unforgiving conditions; to compete and win in intercollegiate, military, and civilian skydiving competitions; and to provide a strategic communications platform that displays precision and professionalism during freefall demonstrations at public gatherings. This 60 year-old team is the oldest, continuously operating competitive parachute team in the U.S. military and has won over 100 individual national medals, three national championships, and has set four state records and three national records in the last five years.
Cadet Spirit Support
The endowment supports over 200 cadets participating in the spirit support clubs that include the Cadet Pep Band, the Mule Riders, the Rally Cannon Crew, the Tank Crew, Pipes and Drums, the Cadet Media Group, WKDT, and the Army and cadet company mascots.
Competitive Club Sports
Competitive club sports provide cadets with the opportunity to train, compete, and lead. The 16 competitive cadet club teams are some of the most prominent and recognizable programs at West Point. These clubs have achieved recognition as national champions, world cup invitees, world record holders, Olympians, and a host of regional and state champions. The clubs travel across the U.S. to compete, with the cost of travel and equipment funded solely by donors and profits from DCA retail operations.
DMI Academy Scholarship Program
The Department of Military Instruction’s AIADs provide unique personal and professional development opportunities for cadets through the selection of programs that are selected based on their ability to enhance student learning outcomes, connect theoretical concepts to the real world, and support Defense Strategic Studies (DSS) program goals. Cadets express high levels of satisfaction with these AIADs and their focus on military-to-military relationships, academic advancement, research, and internships with special designated units.
DPE Physical Development Excellence
The Department of Physical Education is charged with developing warrior leaders of character who are physically fit and mentally tough by engaging cadets in activities that promote and enhance physical excellence. Programs such as the Human Performance Laboratory and the Combatives Center of Excellence strengthen and complement the cadet-centered educational environment that provides a militarily relevant and scientifically-based physical development program.
Michie Stadium Preservation Project
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Michie Stadium has been and remains West Point’s key portal to the public. The project will reconstruct the 160,000-square-foot East Stands, built in 1962, by modernizing, upgrading, and improving building systems and operations. This will include broadcasting, ticketing, lighting, winterization, premium and hospitality seating options, concessions and amenities, and stadium accessibility.
Army A Club
The Army A Club Fund provides essential support to USMA’s 30 Division 1 athletic programs. Army A Club funding ensures our over 1,000 cadet-athletes have the resources to train, compete, and win at the highest level, delivering an extraordinary Division I athletic experience that develops leaders of character.
Athletics Teams Quasi Endowments/Funds
The proposed endowments would enable the Army West Point Athletics Department (AWPAD) to ensure that funds are distributed to all of the varsity sports, allowing the AWPAD to allocate more resources to support cadet-athletes’ and teams’ needs for equipment, uniforms, travel, and additional quality competitions. The endowments also will make certain that West Point is able to fund all 22 varsity sports, in perpetuity.
Long Gray Line Endowment
The West Point Association of Graduates’ mission is to serve West
Point and the Long Gray Line, and it has done so with distinction
since 1869. The Academy and generations of alumni and their
families have benefitted from WPAOG programs, support, and
Grads Helping Grads
This initiative builds on the concepts of the current Gripping ands program, expanding the effort to connect grads who are requesting assistance with resources, not bound by natural disasters, pandemics, or other catastrophes, but focusing on and providing a vehicle to meet more generalized needs such as consultation and mentorship. This will be achieved by establishing an online marketplace where alumni may volunteer or otherwise offer their services and expertise to fellow alumni seeking advice, assistance, or services.
Herbert Hall Improvement
Multifaceted improvements are centered on the overall graduate experience, making Herbert Hall a destination or first stop for graduates returning to West Point. Enhanced experiences will include technological advances with digital signage, improved reception and potential added amenities, and improvements and modernization of the Gift Shop.
Hudson Valley Project
This project directly addresses the WPAOG Strategic Plan Goals of serving West Point and the Long Gray Line and complements the USMA Strategy of building the West Point team and strengthening neighboring community partners. To be successful, USMA must be able to attract, hire, and retain exceptional and diverse civilian and military professionals, as well as to recruit exceptional diverse cadet candidates who are seeking a career in the Army and continued service to the nation. The project will support the betterment of Highland Falls and Fort Montgomery through the establishment of an after-school program for the intermediate school, economic development strategies and opportunities for entrepreneurs, and additional possibilities that would offer extra amenities to the residents, employees, and visitors of West Point.
Rockbound Highland Home
The RBHH Program was created exclusively for USMA graduates and is designed to assist in navigating post security procedures, offer special access to select MWR facilities and ervices, and provide insider tours for grads and their guests. Program enhancements will include technological developments allowing for virtual insider grad tours and an ongoing strengthening of the relationship with USMA’s Directorate of Emergency Security to enhance the Grad Pass and Grad Perks programs.
Sallyport/Alumni Support Technology
Sallyport is the answer to WPAOG’s Phase II Customer Relationship Management (CRM) integration, providing a sophisticated online tool that assists volunteer leaders with the management of membership, event planning, and outward communication to their groups. It is projected to be the one-stop for contact information updates and direct feeds of WPAOG social media content and publications.
The Transition Navigator initiative will expand the current Career Services program to coach and assist alumni through other aspects of life transitions, providing tailored personal and professional transition support with high touch support through weekly career services check-ins, pairing grads with a Grads Helping Grads or virtual transition team.
The Engagement Endowment will support engagement opportunities with cadets, parents, and surviving spouses in order to build and/or strengthen WPAOG’s relationships with these groups. Enhanced engagement will not only build relationships with cadets and parents during the 47-month experience but will advance financial support of West Point and the Long Gray Line, as well as continue relationships with surviving spouses through the Memorial Support and Planned Giving programs.
Digital Content Marketing/Social Media
This endowment will support Communications and Marketing by growing the team with additional writers/editors who are experienced in writing for digital platforms, producing digital products, and integrating WPAOG’s digital communications.
This endowment will support the addition of a website developer to the Communications and Marketing team, who is able to write code to enhance the website, allow for third party integration with the CRM database, and enhance customizations for online publications purchases and donation forms. Possible initiatives include re-imagining the Register of Graduates for a digital world and leveraging WPAOG archives into a tool similar to the ancestry.com website.
Long Gray Line Endowment/Fund
The Long Gray Line Fund and Endowment supports all efforts of the WPAOG to achieve its mission to serve West Point and its graduates.