Endowment

A growing endowment provides earnings for current and future generations of students

You may contribute gifts of any size to Bluffton's endowment. Each year, the university withdraws a small percentage of the total endowment (approximately 4% of the 40-quarter rolling average value) to support student scholarships and annual operations. Contributions and earnings help grow the endowment, strengthen Bluffton's financial position and sustain future programs.

Endowment provides important support for . . .

  • Students: Alumni and friends have established more than 350 named endowed scholarships that provide annual support through the financial aid program.
  • Faculty: Endowed support for faculty research and scholarship helps recruit and retain outstanding faculty and strengthens the academic program.
  • Operations: Each year, a percentage of endowment earnings provides essential support for operating costs, i.e. some designated for campus buildings.

To establish a named endowed scholarship a donor or family . . .

  • Contributes $25,000 or greater (by single gift or 3-year pledge) to establish the principal for a lasting fund
  • Once the funds are in place, the Board of Trustees formally approves the named scholarship fund
  • Funds are added to the university's endowment with first scholarships awarded the following academic year

To learn more about establishing a named endowed scholarship or endowed fund to support faculty research and scholarship, including endowed chairs, contact Tim Pannabecker, development officer.