Photo of Emily Blair
Students in the Build Lab in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction gaining first-hand experience and learning from esteemed Professor David Goldsmith.

Here at Virginia Tech, private philanthropy fuels our forward progress – in scholarship, in research, in outreach, and more. Each day, programs and initiatives made possible by donors are touching the lives of untold thousands here on campus, across our region, throughout the country, and around the world. We deeply appreciate all who support us.

Despite the twin pressures of rising demand and diminishing state support that challenge every public university, Virginia Tech is excelling. We are able to do so because we are blessed with an extraordinary advantage, an advantage that has allowed us to consistently excel, even in the face of this challenging landscape. That advantage, of course, is the generous support of our donors. Why do so many give? Because every gift – large or small – helps to generate another triumph, another breakthrough, another discovery. And in that way, every donor becomes a partner in our enterprise, and plays a key role in inventing the future.

What you can support


Scholarships that ensure access to higher education for talented but low-income students. Professorships that attract the nation’s best scholars and teachers to Blacksburg. Cutting-edge facilities for research that may cure disease. Unrestricted support that provides flexibility to pursue exciting new initiatives.

These are just a few ways in which donors to Virginia Tech help make a positive impact on the world. Several of the most common, and important ways donors direct their support are listed below. Your gifts can help the university as a whole, or can be directed to any college, department, or program.

Bobby Hollingsworth IV, Chemical Engineering, lab, science and research
Student Bobby Hollingsworth will travel to Botswana in summer 2016 for five weeks to pursue HIV relief work and research thanks to the donor-funded University Honors Class of 1954 Fellowship. As a junior at Virginia Tech majoring in chemical engineering, biochemistry, and chemistry, Hollingsworth said he is determined to be part of finding treatments for diseases like HIV that will save lives.

Supporting students

As globalization and technological advances transform the world economy, information, knowledge, and innovation are the cornerstones of economic success. Maintaining our nation’s economic leadership in the 21st century requires well-educated citizens. Scholarships ensure that bright students will be able to fill this demand and fulfill their potential as thoughtful, well-rounded human beings, regardless of their families’ income.

Professor Edward Weisband
As the Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences, Edward Weisband often teaches students who aspire to work in public service. He’s described by students as engaging and unforgettable, and has twice been named by the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society as outstanding professor of the year.

Supporting faculty

Universities compete fiercely to attract the world’s best teachers and researchers. At the end of the day, they are our primary product. Their teaching prepares future leaders. Their discoveries change industries, cure diseases, and advance fields ranging from the hard sciences to the arts. Creating a named professorship or endowed chair position – or contributing to an existing fund set up for such positions – is one of the most powerful ways to ensure Virginia Tech remains a top-tier institution that is respected around the world.

Virginia Tech's LumenHAUS
Private support helped make it possible for the university to enter the first ever Solar Decathlon Europe. Virginia Tech's winning entry, Lumenhaus, is shown above.

Supporting academic initiatives

By supporting academic initiatives, donors make it possible for students and faculty to travel to conferences, for new and exciting research projects to be launched, and for renowned speakers to come to campus. Gifts can be directed to a particular college or department, or can be arranged to enhance whichever area of learning or research that a donor is passionate about.

Steger Center in Riva San Vitale
Donor support has allowed Virginia Tech students to experience life and education in other countries through the Steger Center for International Scholarship.

Supporting university programs

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Graduate School, the Department of Athletics, the Moss Arts Center, the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Division of Student Affairs, and the University Libraries are all examples of the type of programs that play a major role in the experience of being a student at Virginia Tech – and donations help guarantee that all these programs are second-to-none.

Pearson Hall's exterior
Donations fuel many important university construction projects. One example is Pearson Hall, which opened in November 2015. It is Virginia Tech's first new residence hall since 2009.

Supporting capital projects

In the face of growing enrollments and the broadening scope of today’s research environment, college and universities that wish to lead must construct the facilities necessary to meet current demands. Private support is an essential component of the funding for important projects all across Virginia Tech.

Supporting Athletics - Lane Stadium
Thousands of supporters play a vital role in Virginia Tech's nationally prominent athletics programs.

Supporting athletics

The success of our sports teams helps to maintain a national profile for the university and unite the far-flung members of our Hokie Nation in support of our institution. At Virginia Tech, giving to athletic programs is administered by the Hokie Club.