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Leave Your Mark on the Catamount Legacy Walk

Leave your legacy by purchasing a brick on the Catamount Legacy Walk! Located by the Alumni Tower, the walk features bricks engraved with a name or personal message that honors members of the Western Carolina University family. 

  • Celebrate a special occasion such as a birth, anniversary or graduation
  • Honor a friend or loved one from WCU who has impacted your life
  • Recognize a graduate, student, professor or friend
  • Celebrate a graduate's educational and athletic successes as a Catamount

Funds raised by the Catamount Legacy Walk support the Student Emergency Fund. Donors receive a commemorative certificate for each brick commissioned. 

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Honor Your Time as a Catamount...

The Catamount Legacy Walk celebrates Western Carolina University and commemorates your commencement, service, reunion and other Catamount milestones by alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends.  Funds raised by the Catamount Legacy Walk support the Student Emergency Fund. Since 2010, brick pavers have been placed in honor of graduating seniors, retiring faculty and staff, clubs and organizations and to honor those Catamounts who are no longer with us. Each donation is recognized by a custom brick paver placed in the Catamount Legacy Walk by the Alumni Tower. Donors receive a commemorative certificate for each brick paver commissioned.  Those honoring someone else with their donation may choose to give the certificate as recognition of their gift.

Student Emergency Funding

The Student Emergency Fund provides support for students in immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other critical incident. The expense must be unexpected, unforeseen, and of an urgent nature. Applicants must be currently enrolled students, undergraduate or graduate students, and taking at least one credit hour in the current semester.  All applicants must provide detailed documentation of need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Catamount Legacy walk?

Your personalized brick paver will be displayed on the brick walkway surrounding the Alumni Tower.

what will my brick look like?

Bricks are traditional 4" x 8" brick pavers engraved with your selected text. Cornerstone font at 1/2" are used for maximum readability and durability.

is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

when will my brick be laid?

Brick pavers are laid twice each year.  Donors are notified via email when their brick pavers are laid.

what are my options for donating

You may donate via credit card, debit card, check, money order, cash, or if you are a WCU employee you may donate via payroll deduction.

How will I find my brick in the Catamount legacy walk?

You will be sent a diagram of the Catamount Legacy Walk with the location of your brick paver with your donation confirmation.

can i request where my brick will be placed?

If you order multiple brick pavers at a time, you can request that they are placed next to each other.  While we do our best to accommodate requests, we cannot place more recently order brick pavers next to brick pavers that have already been placed.

what do the bricks cost?

Each brick paver is $125 and contains two lines of engraved text.

Can i have a picture or graphic engraved on my paver?

No, we want to ensure that the Catamount Legacy Walk has a common look and feel.

will i receive a confirmation when i place my order?

Our online payment system confirms orders at the time of the transaction.  If you are paying by check or cash you will receive an additional confirmation with your receipt. 

what if my paver becomes damaged?

WCU is responsible for the maintenance of the Catamount Legacy Walk and will replace any brick pavers that become damaged.

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