Berea’s Great Commitments help us capture the essence of the College, and they direct our complex mission year after year. We provide a residential liberal arts education without charging tuition and every student admitted to the College works on campus in a labor position. We welcome and encourage values such as diversity, inclusion, and impartial love.
See our greatest needs and funding opportunities below and make your gift today to invest in the lives of great promise that continue to be inspired by the Great Commitments.
At Berea College, we believe that talented students should not miss out on a high-quality education just because they cannot afford rising tuition costs. No Berea student is charged for tuition. The Berea Fund touches the lives of every Berea College student in so many ways and enables the great mission of the College by completing the tuition scholarship every student receives.
Berea College’s African American Opportunity Fund (AAOF) supports the recruitment and retention of African American students. Your gift will contribute to programs such as T.R.U.T.H. Talks (True Racial Understanding Through Honest Talks) and the Black Male Leadership Initiative, which includes tutoring, mentoring, and skill-building resources to help students succeed both academically and socially.
Berea is one of few liberal arts colleges in the U.S. to have an academic program in agriculture and natural resources. As we approach the 150-year anniversary of the College Farm, your generosity will sustain this distinctive aspect of our curriculum. Students will explore topics like horticulture, food policy, and animal nutrition while they gain practical experience on our 500-acre learning laboratory.
Berea College strives to maintain a rich learning community that welcomes and respects all peoples of the earth. You can support programs and resources that promote an inclusive and diverse campus community committed to shaping leaders from Appalachia and beyond, who represent every ethnicity, gender identity, religion, and culture.
At Berea College, wellness matters. Athletics play an important role in maintaining a healthy residential community. Our ascent to the NCAA Division III in 2017-18 is still challenging student-athletes to excel on the field and deepening the camaraderie among the Berea community. With this gift, you can proudly support Berea athletics.
Born in 1882, photographer Doris Ulmann is best known for her portraits of Appalachian people. The Doris Ulmann Galleries educate, inspire, and challenge the broader Berea College community. Your gift will support the Galleries as they showcase high-quality art exhibitions and interpret and preserve the culturally significant Berea College Art Collection.
Professor Nobuko Patton’s influential legacy of experiential learning continues through the Nobuko Toda Patton Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund provides financial support for Japanese language students at Berea. Your gift will provide learning experiences related to Japan, the Japanese language and culture, and foreign language instruction.
This fund allows Berea to maximize the boundless opportunities presented by our new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building. Your gift provides support for curriculum and program development as well as resources for students and faculty, stimulating intellect and curiosity at the highest level.
Berea College provides every student with access to routine dental services through a partnership with a local clinic. A gift to support this area will help Berea continue to address oral health challenges and encourage ongoing preventive dental care habits, improving the overall health and success of students.