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Endowments

computer2Endowed funds assure that current and future generations of students benefit from a donor’s generosity. They also build the financial strength of an institution. The principal of these funds is invested in perpetuity by the Bluefield State College Foundation, and a portion of the earnings is distributed each year.

Endowed scholarships benefit students for perpetuity, and many are created to honor an individual whose life inspired the donor. Such memorials provide a legacy that lives on in the lives of students for generations to come, as well as in the individuals and communities that they affect through their work, families and citizenship.

Endowments grow through interest earned and additional gifts made after a fund is established. Bluefield State College Foundation encourages donors to help build the following endowed scholarships:

BSC Endowed Funds 
Bartlett-Welcker Scholarship Given to a woman over 25 years of age, a West Virginia Resident, who has already completed a year of college, who is now beginning the second year of college and taking a minimum of 12 semester hours.
   
BSC Employees’ Dependents Scholarship Awarded to dependents of any full-time, permanent faculty, classified and non-classified staff employee of BSC of two or more years' service. Minimum GPA is 2.75.
   

Carl P. and Selba Meadows Boyd Scholarship

Awarded to graduate of Tazewell County (Virginia) or McDowell County (West Virginia) who has successfully completed 24 hours of college level course work maintaining a 2.5 GPA, who has declared a major, who demonstrates financial need, and who demonstrates a willingness to perform community service.

   
Broady Family Scholarship Awarded each year to an Education major demonstrating need and a GPA of 2.5 or better.
   
Morgan Campbell Baseball Scholarship Awarded to graduate of Graham High School and Princeton High School who is a BSC Baseball student-athlete.
   
Central Area The Links, Inc. Scholarship Women's organization with a long and rich history of supporting HBCUs provides financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need and a GPA of 3.0 or better.
   
Cole Harley Davidson Scholarship Awarded to students enrolled in Business Administration who are residents of West Virginia and whose income is 125 percent or less of the Federal poverty limit.
   
CONSOL Energy Scholarship in Engineering Technology Awarded to full-time students in Engineering Technology who are residents of Virginia or West Virginia with a GPA of 3.0 or better andcareer interest in energy fields.
   
Craddock Scholarship Based on financial need of a full-time BSC student maintaining a 2.5 GPA. Preference is given to students pursuing a B.S. in Engineering, Computer Science, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physical Science or Pre-medicine.
   
Douglas Crickmer Memorial Scholarship Given to a student who maintains a 2.5 GPA or better in Mining Engineering Technology or similar Engineering Technology program that supports the needs of the mining industry.
   
Dalton Scholarship
Scholarship available to residents of West Virginia whose income is 125% or less of the Federal poverty level.
   
Brian A. Delp Humanitarian Athletic Award
Awarded to full-time enrolled student-athletes who are entering Junior year at BSC with GPA of 2.5, NCAA certification. Must be 2-year letterman at BSC currently participating in athletics.
   
Brian A. Delp Service Award
Annual service award presented to a student graduating from a baccalaureate degree program who has displayed dedicated community service involvement while a student at BSC.
   
Tom Joyner Foundation Fund
Awarded to assist students attending HBCU through graduation.
   
Prema Krishnan Scholarship in Nursing Given to a non-traditional student in the second or subsequent year of the Nursing program who is a West Virginia resident from a rural county with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
   
John and Elisabeth MacClarence Scholarship in Education Available to residents of West Virginia or an out-of-state bordering county who have a declared major in the School of Education and a minimum 3.2 GPA.
   
Elisabeth MacClarence Teacher Testing Scholarship Awarded to high school graduates from Mercer or contiguous counties based on financial need, the scholarship reimburses School of Education students for testing fees for SAT or ACT, Praxis I and Praxis II.
   
Audrey Mayberry and Connie Saunders Scholarship Fund Preference for award shall be given to a Junior or Senior at Bluefield State College who is a graduate of Bluefield or Princeton High School and who has a college grade point average of at least 2.5 or better.
   
McConnell Family Scholarship Available to resident of West Virginia with individual or family income 125 % or less of the federal poverty guideline and a demonstrated ability to succeed in college.
   
Nicholas McCroskey Scholarship In memory of a BSC alumnus who perished in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in 2010, requirements include a strong work ethic, ability to succeed in college and community, and most importantly, be of good character by helping and being a friend to others.
   
Billy G. Moore Scholarship  For outstanding minority and Appalachian area students with an overall GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need who are accepted by, or enrolled in, the School of Education, and are eligible for assistance with tuition, books, and travel including conferences.
   
Dr. Pat Mulvey Humanities Scholarship Awarded to member of Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society majoring in Humanities and planning to attend graduate school.
   
Martha Oblinger Scholarship Award based on financial need, 3.0 GPA and active membership in local church.
   
Annette Osborne Fund in Nursing The award may be used to fund programs, faculty development, equipment or other needs at the discretion of the Dean of Nursing & Allied Health.
   
Jane & Ralph Patsel Scholarship Preference for award shall be given to a Junior or Senior at Bluefield State College who is a graduate of Graham High School and who has a college grade point average of at least 2.5 or better.
   
People First Scholarship For students with documented disability(s) or who seek through his/her studies to identify and remove barriers affecting persons with disabilities. Must apply for Student Support Services (or successor program) if eligible; and be active in campus organization(s) which champion disability and related issues.
   
Pocahontas Electrical and Mining Institute Awarded to students majoring in the field of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical or Mining Engineering technologies.
   
Roy E. Pruett, Jr. Scholarship in Electrical Engineering Technology Awarded to students from West Virginia in the field of Electrical Engineering Technology and student athletes who demonstrate financial need.
   
John J. and Sheila Belcher Rinehart Scholarship in Electrical Engineering Technology Based on financial need and West Virginia residency, awarded to Electrical Engineering Technology students.
   
Dr. William B. Robertson Archives Endowment To benefit the Wendell G. Hardway Library and Archives, specifically the William B. Robertson Collection.
   
Akhtar Safder Scholarship Based on financial need, given to juniors and seniors in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 GPA and perform some community service.
   
June Oblinger Shott Scholarship Given to students from Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia to be used for tuition and fees.
   
Greg Shrewsberry Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a graduate of Bluefield High School who demonstrates good character through by participation in school and community activities.
   
Taylor Family Scholarship  Available to a female student who is a mother of one or more children, whose major is Nursing or Engineering, with a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and/or a minimum college GPA of 3.0.
   
Wellington Swendall Book Scholarship Awarded to minority students who show great academic promise.
   
WV Society of Washington, DC, Book Scholarship Given to a regularly enrolled freshman student who is a legal resident of West Virginia or the son or daughter of a native West Virginian who shows high academic promise.
   
Mae Jerolee White Scholarship Awarded to non-traditional student in the second or subsequent year of the Nursing program who is a West Virginia resident from a rural county with a minimum GPA of 3.0
   

To make a gift to one of these endowments, send a check payable to Bluefield State College Foundation, Bluefield State College, 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, WV 24701.

For information on establishing an endowment, call 304-327-4031.

For applications to these endowed scholarships, contact the Office of Enrollment Management at jcardwell@bluefieldstate.edu.

Annual Fund

Annual contributions make an immediate impact on the lives of Bluefield State College students. These gifts are used in the fiscal year they are received and may be unrestricted or designated for a specific purpose.

labThese gifts support the Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Fund, which helps students with tuition, books and housing expenses. West Virginia donors can make gifts through the Neighborhood Investment Program, which offers tax credits through the state’s Development Office. These scholarships are given to disadvantaged students, most of whom are from neighboring counties.

Unrestricted giving is often overlooked, because donors of significant gifts (and even smaller ones) like to direct the use of their funds. Its importance, however, is vital. In basic terms, unrestricted giving pays the bills that nonprofits incur doing business and allows the organization to support opportunities for which designated funds are not in place. It's a gift that signifies trust in the Foundation Board and Executive Director, allowing them to decide how best to spend your generosity.

The primary source of unrestricted funds currently is the Blue & Gold Extravaganza. Started in 2008 to generate unrestricted income and enable local businesses and residents to donate gifts in kind, this annual event has become a popular way to enjoy food, fun and a silent auction.

Unrestricted gifts pay for the annual Bluefield State Postage Stamp Contest. The winning image is used as the Institution's official stamp and appears on ID cards and the Foundation's Facebook page during the following year. A limited edition is printed, and the Foundation gives a set to donors who have contributed $500 or more in the fiscal year as a token of appreciation. Additional sets of 10 are sold for $5.00, which does not fully cover the cost of production but keeps them affordable for the campus community and friends.

Unrestricted gifts also are used to make emergency loans to students that are repaid in the following semester. When such funds are limited, the Foundation is not able to help students who have unexpected car trouble, need to pay for books before their financial aid is paid, or encounter other unforeseen short-term problems. The costs of doing business paid by the Unrestricted Annual Fund include annual state registration, printing and catering for events. None are glamorous or necessarily interesting to a potential donor, but we can't do our work without them. Donors who make unrestricted gifts are true philanthropists, giving for the love of their fellows.

Scholarships

Most of the students who attend Bluefield State College, 70 percent, are first-generation college students, the first in their families to attend an institution of higher learning. Approximately 80 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, including scholarships that are provided primarily by generous individuals and local businesses.

Endowed scholarships benefit students for perpetuity, and many are created to honor an individual whose life was dedicated to education. One of Bluefield State College Foundation’s most recent endowments was established in memory of Greg Shrewsberry, a former employee of the College who passed away in 2008 at the age of 46. Greg’s family and friends provided the funds to benefit graduates of Bluefield High School who are active in community service, as Greg was.

TUITION COSTS
 
Per Semester
(as of Fall 2012)
In-state Students
$2,590
Out-of-state Students
$4,972
Metro Rate
$3,772

 

Students also have to pay for housing, textbooks and living expenses, and those in the health professions and engineering also have lab fees. For many, these costs are beyond their means and would prevent them from furthering their education to pursue careers in professional fields.

Scholarships open the door to a better life for these students, their families and their communities that benefit from an educated, productive work force.

Bluefield State College provides scholarships to these students through the Annual Fund and Endowments. By making a gift to these funds through the Bluefield State College Foundation, you are directly contributing to a healthy future for our students and their communities.

BSC Annual Scholarships
CONSOL Energy Scholarship Awarded to full-time students majoring in Engineering Technology programs with a demonstrated interest in careers in the mining industry. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.
   
Credit Bureau of the Virginias Scholarship Awarded to residents of 9-county area surrounding Bluefield State who have financial need and a GPA of 2.0 or better.
   
Tom & Janie Farmer Scholarship Four scholarships are given to graduates of Mercer County's four high schools: Bluefield, Princeton, Montcalm and Pikeview. Must demonstrate financial need and ability to succeed in college.
   
Foundation Scholarships Given at discretion of the President and Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
   
William Hight Scholarship Annual scholarship award based on financial need.
   
Philip Horton Scholarship Awarded to African-American students enrolled in math and science programs.
   
Joy Mining Scholarship Awarded to students in Engineering Technology with an interest in underground mining. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA and earn at least 30 credits per year.
   
Sieglinde Lawson Scholarship Awarded to students transferring from Wytheville Community College or from Bland or Wythe counties.
   
Massey Scholarship Given to residents of southern West Virginia, southwestern Virginia or eastern Kentucky with a GPA of 3.0 or better and a demonstrated interest in coal mining or working in a coal mining area.
   
Neighborhood Investment Program Scholarship Awarded to West Virginians whose income is 125% or less of the federal poverty level and who demonstrate an ability to succeed in higher education.
   
Rotary Scholarship Annual scholarship given by the Rotary Club of Bluefield, West Virginia.
Foundation

The Bluefield State College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated on February 6, 1969. It was formed to foster and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of Bluefield State College through the promotion and solicitation of gifts. The Foundation receives, administers and distributes the funds and properties donated to further the purpose of Bluefield State College. Betty Caroll is the Foundation’s Executive Director and the Director of Institutional Advancement & Planning for the College.

The Foundation provides scholarships and loans for Bluefield State College students as well as funds for the development of faculty and staff. It also supports the following:

  • Athletics
  • Community 5K Runs & Walks
    • Brian A. Delp
    • May Jerolee White
  • Faculty & Staff Awards
  • Wendell Hardway Library
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science
  • School of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Cole School of Business Awards
  • Student Organizations

The Board of Directors consists of 28 elected members.  Each serves a 4-year term in staggered rotation so that each year the terms of seven directors expire.

 

President Mr. John J. Rinehart
Vice President Mr. Robert L. Buzzo
Treasurer Mrs. Elizabeth Pruett
Secretary Mrs. Connie Saunders
Directors Mr. Carl Boyd
  Mr. Frank Brady
  Mr. Marlin Douglas
  Ms. Susie Guyton
  Mr. Jeff Forlines
  Mr. Matt Knowles
  Mrs. Betty J. Kuppusami
  Mrs. Stephanie Palmer
  Mr. Charles A. Peters
  Mrs. Cynthia L. Sheets
  Ms. Alcesta Wells
  Mr. R. W. Wilkinson
Ex-Officio Ms. Deirdre Guyton
Ex-Officio Dr. Marsha Krotseng
Ex-Officio Ms. Shelia Johnson
Ways To Give

There are many different ways to make a gift and make a difference to Bluefield State College.

Outright gifts of cash are the simplest to make by check, credit card.

Publicly traded securities can be transferred to the Bluefield State College Foundation through physical delivery or by wire. 
 
delpGifts in kind, physical items intended for use in educational or research programs, are an excellent way for businesses to contribute. Individuals also can donate personal property and should obtain a third-party appraisal for tax purposes.

Gifts of real estate require investigation of marketability, mortgages or liens and environmental concerns prior to acceptance. Such gifts can be of great value to Bluefield State College. They can be made as outright gifts, as a will bequest or as a living trust, where the donor retains all the rights of ownership in his or her lifetime.

Life insurance is another excellent way to provide Bluefield State College the gift of a lifetime. Donors can name the Foundation as a beneficiary, or they can transfer ownership of universal or whole life insurance policies to the Foundation to receive a significant tax benefit while the donor is living.

Similarly, a donor can name the Foundation as a beneficiary of retirement plans such as individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Keogh plans, and 401(k) plans. These are highly taxed assets, and giving them to a nonprofit can be beneficial to heirs receiving the remaining assets. Recent Federal legislation permits donors to roll over up to $100,000 from an IRA directly to a qualifying charity such as Bluefield State College Foundation without recognizing the assets transferred as income during their lifetimes.

The simplest and most common way to make an estate gift is through a bequest. Donors need not rewrite their wills to include Bluefield State College as a beneficiary; it can be accomplished through an addendum called a codicil.

Your gift to Bluefield State College makes a difference

With your help, Bluefield State College is making education possible for West Virginians and others who could not otherwise attend an institution of higher learning.

We rely on gifts from individuals and businesses to help us provide practical education that prepares students for challenging careers. The State of West Virginia funds only about 25% of BSC’s budget, tuition and grants also support approximately 40% of our programs and operations.

Gifts from individuals make the difference in Bluefield State College’s ability to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds improve their lives through education. They also enable us to foster strong programs and keep pace with technology in a changing world. They help us attract and keep talented faculty who inspire our students. Gifts made to the Bluefield State College Foundation are used to build:

  • Scholarships
  • Faculty and staff development
  • Academic programs
  • Student travel opportunities
  • Campus activities
  • Alumni relations
  • Capital improvements

Your tax-deductible gifts directly benefit our students. By supporting the Annual Fund, you help us meet immediate needs. Endowments created through the Foundation assure the institution’s strong financial future as well as access to opportunities for our students for many years to come.

Please review the Ways to Give and make a gift today.

If you prefer to make a gift by check, please make it payable to Bluefield State College Foundation, Inc., and mail to 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, WV 24701. For more information, call (304) 327-4031.

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