Since the beginning of the Berea Patrons program in 2013, generous participants have demonstrated a passion for educational opportunity by supporting tuition scholarships for fellow students.
- The program marked its 6th anniversary,
- In Spring 2019, Berea Patrons had 1,024 students commit to paying it forward,
- As of the start of Fall 2019, Berea Patrons reached $120,000 in total gifts raised since the start of the program—completing the tuition funding for 40 students and counting.
To celebrate these accomplishments, a Berea Patrons $100K Celebration was held in the Spring 2019. All current Patrons and students are welcome.
Paving the Way for future Bereans
Berea College must raise more than $4.7 million to complete tuition funding each year. That’s about $3,000 per student. Current Berea students are coming together to pay forward the gift of education through their own philanthropy. All donations of $5 or more between July 1st – June 30th count toward Berea Patron membership. You can join today by completing this form to give each pay period through your labor earnings.
Once a Berea Patron gives at the $50 level they are recognized as Mountaineer Club members. The Mountaineer Club recognizes students and alumni from the last 10 years that give $50 or more between July 1 and June 30. Find out more about the Mountaineer Club.
Berea Patrons is a gift club that recognizes students who support the work of Berea College through one-time gifts or through each Labor Program paycheck. Membership is renewed on an annual basis, and all gifts from July 1 to June 30 count toward membership. These gifts go to the Berea Fund, which supports everything that Berea is and does.
“Berea has given me the opportunity to receive an education without worrying about money. There are tons of resources and opportunities that I never would have used had I gone to a more expensive school.”
-Ugo Naomi Onwuka, ’22
“I was always passionate about social and environmental sustainability. The day I learned about Berea I also learned about the Office of Sustainability on campus, where I am going to work this year, Ecovillage, Deep Green Residence Hall, and many other initiatives demonstrating the college’s dedication toward such ideas. ”
-Yryskeldi Emilbek uulu, ’22