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 funding needs 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.

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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Brushy Fork Institute

The Brushy Fork Institute extends the College’s enduring commitment to Appalachia by growing regional leadership and working with communities to create visions and plans to guide local development efforts. The Institute works with local, state, regional, and federal partners to facilitate community growth and development through skill building, peer learning and networking, and civic engagement projects.

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Computer Science Alumni Advisory Fund

The Computer Science Alumni Advisory Fund provides an opportunity for Berea alumni to directly support the Computer Science program. Gifts will allow Computer Science students and faculty to participate in supplemental research opportunities, travel to conferences or interviews, and gain access to special software and hardware to enhance their skills.

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Country Dancers

Since 1938, The Berea College Country Dancers have been performing and leading workshops regionally, nationally, and internationally, bringing dances of the Appalachian region and Europe to exuberant audiences, and sharing the joy of dancing. A gift to support the Country Dancers will not only help pay for necessary costumes and travel, but will keep traditional dance alive at Berea and everywhere the group travels.

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Department of Theatre

Students, faculty, and staff are celebrating the 125th anniversary of theatre at Berea College. Your gift to the Department of Theatre can give Berea students the materials and equipment they need to learn about theatre and produce high-quality plays for the benefit of the entire campus. It can help students travel to professional conferences, which are one of the critical tools for successfully navigating careers in theatre.

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.

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Division III Athletics

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 challenging student-athletes to excel on the field and deepening the camaraderie and pride around Berea athletics.

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.

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Grow Appalachia

Grow Appalachia addresses food insecurity and sustainability in the Appalachian region. Programs like High Tunnels and the Summer Feeding Program aim to teach individuals and communities about food system development, directly provide meals, and help people feed themselves by growing their own food.

Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences & Health Building

This new facility will bring together all of the natural sciences, mathematics, and nursing under one roof to create an interactive, technologically rich learning environment.


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The Way Out Fund

The Way Out Fund provides Berea’s students with the financial support they need to accept internship opportunities without the fear of accumulating debt. Your gift can make these hands-on experiences affordable for students by covering costs such as travel, room and board, and professional business attire.