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.
[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.
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.
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.
Student internships are a “bridge” out of Berea College, helping our students connect with professionals in the workforce and learn valuable skills that will enable them to establish a career and flourish. Berea assists students with identifying and applying for internships and, because many internships are unpaid, Berea provides funding to make participation possible.
Gifts for Study Abroad give Berea students the chance to see the world, expanding their horizons and deepening their understanding of our global society. Whether it be an in-depth course taken in another country or an entire semester spent living abroad, these opportunities can be life-changing for Berea students, many of whom have not previously had the chance to travel.