The Alumnae of Northwestern University has served the University and the community through innovative projects and services since 1916. The purpose of The Alumnae of Northwestern is to share the University's resources with alumni and the community at large while supporting Northwestern's commitment to excellence in education and research. Annual Alumnae projects such as the Continuing Education Program and Waa-Mu patronships involve thousands of alumni and local residents. Through such activities, the group has contributed over nine million dollars for an undergraduate student scholarship, graduate fellowships, student summer internships, STEM scholarships, faculty grants, "bricks and mortar" funds for campus buildings and renovations, a Teaching Professorship and other special University needs. In addition, since 1968, The Alumnae has offered intellectually stimulating noncredit courses to the public at modest cost. Outstanding faculty from nearly every Northwestern department teach these daytime classes. Each year there are more than 3,000 registrations from the greater Chicago metropolitan area.