Funding Opportunities

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.

Berea Fund & Annual Scholarships

[Greatest Need] At Berea, we believe talented students should not miss out on a high-quality education just because they cannot afford one. Berea College has not charged its students tuition since 1892, and today is no exception. Earnings from the College’s endowment and federal and state grants awarded to students are two sources of the tuition support for every enrolled student. The Berea Fund is the third and final piece needed for this enduring no-tuition promise to continue for Berea’s 1,600-plus students.

100 in 100: Berea College Great Commitments Society

100 in 100

In 1920, the Berea College Board of Trustees decided that all bequests shall be considered as additions to the permanent endowment funds of the College, unless otherwise designated. In recognition of this 100-year anniversary, Berea College is seeking 100 newly committed bequestors during the yearlong celebration of the decision. Those who include Berea in their estate plans become members of the Great Commitments Society, and those who notify the College of these plans between now and June 30, 2021, will receive recognition as part of this effort.

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Carl & Deborah Thomas African American Opportunity Endowment

This fund supports the recruitment and retention of African American students. Your gift will contribute to programs such as T.R.U.T.H. Talks and the Black Male Leadership Initiative, which includes tutoring, mentoring, and skill-building resources to help students succeed both academically and socially.

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Direct Aid

Berea already covers the cost of tuition for its students, and a generous gift to Direct Aid will help relieve students of costs other than tuition. By giving to Direct Aid, you support funding for students’ housing, meals, books, and supplies.

Diversity & Inclusion

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, from many ethnicities, gender identities, religions, and cultures.

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Division III Athletics

At Berea College, student-athletes succeed and graduate at higher percentages than non-athletes. Your gift can continue to support student-athletes in a variety of NCAA Division III sports, providing equipment and up-to-date facilities on a par with our opponents.

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Science Excellence Fund

This fund allows Berea to maximize the boundless opportunities of 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 levels.

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Student Dental Health Initiative

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 neglected oral health challenges and encourage ongoing preventive dental care habits, improving the overall health and success of students.