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.

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African American Opportunity Fund

Berea’s African American Opportunity Fund (AAOF) supports the recruitment and retention of African American students. The AAOF contributes 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 academically and socially.

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Berea Fund &
Annual Scholarships

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.

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Science Excellence Fund

To maximize the boundless opportunities presented by our new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, Berea College seeks to raise support for the Science Excellence Fund. The fund provides support for curriculum and program development as well as resources for students and faculty, stimulating intellect and curiosity at the highest level.

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

Diversity & Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion strives to maintain a rich learning community that welcomes and respects all peoples of the earth. Your gift will support programs and resources that promote an inclusive and diverse campus community committed to shaping leaders from Appalachia and beyond.

Endowed Gifts

A gift for the endowment demonstrates your enduring commitment to Berea College. It is maintained in perpetuity and only the income—never the principal—is spent for the purposes you specify. Endowment gifts provide lasting support for institutional needs including tuition scholarships, campus programs, student travel, and professorships.