Why Give to Berea
Your gifts to the Berea Fund support everything Berea is and does. They provide students with library books, up-to-date educational technology, and, most importantly, full-tuition scholarships. Through a strong endowment, federal and state assistance, and our active Berea Fund, Berea College provides an education that would be out of reach to the low-income students we recruit.
Think of Berea’s funding as a three-legged stool: endowment, federal/state grants, and the Berea Fund. If we lose strength in any of those legs, our mission falters as does the impact we have on students’ lives.
The high cost of many colleges have made it nearly impossible for low-income students to obtain a higher education. The average family income of Berea student families is less than $30,000 annually. Statistics show that such students have a less than 10 percent chance of graduating from college by the age of 24. Fortunately, Berea College continues to stand in the gap, serving low-income students from Appalachia, the nation, and the world by providing each with a full-tuition scholarship. We can only continue to do so with the support of friends, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and parents who realize the importance of “investing in lives of great promise.”
With so many worthy causes making cases for philanthropic support, why should you give to Berea College? The answer lies in the 1,600 lives that daily receive an educational experience not available anywhere else. We provide our students with a high quality, liberal arts education that allows them to make a difference in the world around them. Berea College does what it says it will do — and no one else is doing it.
Berea College is unique in that we provide full-tuition scholarships to low-income students who, most likely, would be unable to take advantage of our top-caliber education without such financial assistance. Your gift to the Berea Fund tells these young men and women that they do matter – that their dreams of stepping out, stepping up, and giving back can be achieved.
Not only do we accept students with financial need, we make sure they graduate. We blend academics, labor and service into a learning environment that creates well-rounded individuals who have learned to live and work with people from a multitude of backgrounds.
Giving to Berea College is an investment that pays dividends in graduates who make an impact in Appalachia and beyond. By supporting Berea College, you join the long line of people who share your belief about what is important in our society.
Candis Arthur ’11, Assistant Director – Annual Giving, can help. Call her at 800-457-9846, ext. 3192.