Radford University produces students with high levels of knowledge, practical abilities and critical thinking skills. Our emphasis on academic excellence and research will result in students who are ready to excel in their fields of study. Your support will provide opportunities for faculty development, undergraduate research, endowed professorships, the Honors College and more.

Whether it is meeting students where they are with online competency-based education programs, such as IMPACT (Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training), traditional classroom models or active learning practices that immerse students in their field of study, Radford University and its academic offerings adapt and are enhanced as societal needs change and grow. Our graduates will continue to use their skills, knowledge and experience to make a positive difference for our communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.

Radford University students have professors who challenge them to reach beyond the obvious, delve deeper to find the “why” or make them see the world in a completely different way. Our faculty are lifelong sources of inspiration who impact lives every day. We are committed to their success and providing access to resources that help them excel as teachers and mentors to our students. Your support will allow us to endow department chairs, professorships and deans, thereby elevating the status of these positions to attract the best talent in higher education and beyond. Endowed positions allow faculty to publish and offer students the opportunity to study and engage in research with the top experts in their discipline. By funding an endowed position, you are investing in the future of the University while exposing students to the creation of the latest knowledge by leaders in their field.

SUPPORT ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & RESEARCH

  • Faculty Development
  • Endowed Professorships
  • Distinguished Lecturers and Faculty in Residence
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Centers of Excellence
  • Honors College

PRIORITIES AND GOALS

Arts Society

Because of the Arts Society, the College of Visual and Performing Arts continues to provide over 100 scholarships for young artists each year. In addition to scholarship support, our donors help student artists participate in college touring ensembles, study-abroad opportunities, international conferences and guest artist residencies.

Endowments and Scholarships

Establishing an endowment or an annual scholarship is an act of generosity that allows Radford University to attract and retain the very best students, regardless of financial need. More than 60 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid and scholarship support is an essential part of this assistance. Scholarships can be based upon financial need and/or merit. You may establish an endowment or an annual scholarship to honor a loved one or memorialize an important person in your life. Regardless of the type of scholarship you decide best meets your goals, a member of the Advancement team will work with you to write a Gift Agreement that ensures your scholarship is awarded according to your wishes while meeting the needs of our students.

For more information about creating an endowment, contact the Office of University Advancement at 540-831-5407, or download the Endowed and Annual Scholarship Guide.

Faculty and Staff Support

Because of Radford University’s faculty and staff, we are part of an institution that continues to receive national recognition for the high-quality education, rich experiences, top-notch facilities and the stunningly beautiful campus Radford University offers to our students and our community. Each year, our faculty and staff help further our mission by supporting Radford University’s annual fund through recurring payroll deduction gifts or through a one-time gift.

Highlander Club

The Highlander Club, formerly referred to as the Radford Athletic Club, is dedicated to raising financial resources for Radford University Athletics to ensure that our coaches and student-athletes have the necessary financial means to compete for championships and to provide student-athletes the best collegiate experience on and off the playing field. Private donations to the Highlander Club by alumni, friends, businesses and fans are vital to the long-term growth and success of the University's athletics.

Legacy and Naming Opportunities

GIFTS THAT LEAVE A LEGACY

You can give your name or that of another person, group or business to a Radford University facility or program. Naming opportunities are a way for alumni, family and friends to make gifts in honor of milestone events, groups or individuals, or in memory of loved ones.

Naming gifts can support student scholarships, faculty research, creative endeavors or the construction and furnishing of a university building.

The Radford Fund

The Radford Fund provides vital current use dollars that make a difference today!

Reunions

One way to celebrate your Radford University experience is to make a gift in honor of your class. By giving back to your alma mater, you will ensure that the University can keep providing an exceptional educational experience for students today and for years to come.

The Selu Conservancy

The 380-acre Selu Conservancy offers students and faculty a living laboratory for research and artistic endeavors. Support its mission and operations with a gift to the Selu Endowment Fund to help sustain, enhance and improve the conservancy for future generations.

The Student Experience

Your support for campus offices that shape the student experience at Radford propels us forward and motivates students to continue on the path towards graduation. Annual support for these areas allows Student Affairs professionals to meet the diverse needs of our student body. From high-impact programs and excellent leadership training to support for students at risk and beyond, Student Affairs is poised to provide a transformative student experience to our Highlander family.