Make a Gift

With your help, Bluefield State can focus on student success—offering a high-quality, career-oriented education tailored to tomorrow’s job markets.

We rely on gifts from individuals and businesses to help us continue our strong tradition of nurturing resilient students. The State of West Virginia funds about a quarter of Bluefield State’s budget, while tuition and grants support approximately 40% of our programs and operations.

Gifts made to the Bluefield State College Foundation are used to award/build:

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

    Ways to Give

    Take the Shott Challenge

    The Shott Foundation will donate $1.5 Million dollars when the BSC Foundation raises $500,000. To donate to this challenge, contact the Foundation at 304.327.4031 Monies collected will be used to help us build our new residence hall.

    Annual Fund

    By giving to the Annual Fund, you help BSC meet immediate student needs. These gifts are used in the fiscal year they are received and may be unrestricted or designated for a specific purpose.

    You can choose to support academic programs, athletics, scholarships or unrestricted.

    • Gifts to academics supports individual schools and programs.
    • Gifts to athletics supports the athletic program as well as specific teams.
    • Scholarship support is always essential - it significantly increases student’s chances of success through a quality education.
    • Unrestricted funds are used for operating expenses and needed campus enhancements, along with other ways to promote the success of Bluefield State College.

    Master Plan

    Bluefield State College stands proud of its past, but ever willing to adapt to meet the changing needs of the region it serves. Over 20,500 graduates have taken their experiences at Bluefield State College into the world, showing the wide-ranging influence of the College. The history of Bluefield State College is an inspiring and heroic story, a motivating and challenging epic of victory over great odds. BSC’s Master Plan will take the institution to even greater heights.

    You can choose to support the Master Plan through transformational gifts to Academics, Athletics, Residence Housing or in an unrestricted capacity in promoting the success of Bluefield State College.

    • Gifts to academics supports individual schools and programs. 
    • Gifts to athletics supports new athletic facilities, maintaining current facilities, and specific teams.
    • Gifts to Residence Housing supports the new campus residence hall, which is the cornerstone of the Master Plan. This project will transform the BSC campus.
    • Gifts to unrestricted supports an array of campus-wide needs. These funds are used to promote the ongoing success of BSC.


    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.

    Gifts in Kind 

    Physical items intended for use in educational or research programs, are an excellent way for businesses to contribute. Individuals can also donate personal property and should obtain a third-party appraisal for tax purposes.

    Real Estate

    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 rights of ownership in his or her lifetime.

    Life Insurance

    Through this gift, 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.

    Retirement Plans

    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.

    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.