To ensure its long-term strength, the University depends on an endowment of savings and investments that are intended to last forever. Endowed funds help Bucknell compete with other top institutions and guarantees an exceptional education for future generations.

We seek donor support in these key areas.

Financial Aid/Scholarship

Scholarships provide a critical source of funding that increases access for talented, deserving students. Our top priority is scholarship, given that the University faces intense competition from other institutions to recruit and enroll the most promising students of all backgrounds. It's not enough to make Bucknell their top choice - through donor support we must make Bucknell a viable choice. || Learn more about gifts for scholarships & financial aid.

Academic Programs

Donors who make endowment gifts create a legacy that ensures the programs they choose to support are sustained. Bucknell has always been a complete liberal arts university that fully prepares students for the real world through an intentionally collaborative and cross-disciplinary curriculum. Academic endowments infuse departments and programs with the resources necessary to offer world-class educational experiences. || Learn more about the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Management.

Faculty Positions

Endowed professorships, chairs and fellowships help Bucknell recruit highly sought-after professors in a competitive market. They also reward current faculty members who educate and inspire at the highest level. These awards advance scholarship and teaching by providing resources for lab equipment, research and conference travel, undergraduate research assistants and much more. The result is a more vibrant academic program that attracts top students, enhances the University's profile and makes a Bucknell degree even more meaningful. || Learn more about our faculty.

Student Life

Students come to this University expecting to be part of a life-shaping community, expecting to be part of a close and engaged experience with faculty and other students. Such deep, personal and engaged learning, such camaraderie, happen because of Bucknell's commitment to the ideals of residential education and an evolving "co-curriculum" suited to the needs of new generations of students. Endowments in support of student life at Bucknell will help enrich student life and the residential college experience. || Learn more about Student Affairs and the Residential Colleges.


Bucknell takes great pride in the success of its student-athletes, both in the classroom and in sports competition. We strive to provide each and every student-athlete with the opportunity to compete for league championship at least once during his or her Bison career. Coaching endowments help the University recruit the country's best coaches, while sports program endowments help strengthen every varsity sport. || Explore athletics at Bucknell.