By giving to the college, you honor our rich history, but also help write the next chapter in our story. Support the Lees-McRae educational experience.

Giving Day

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thanks to our wonderful community, we met our goal of 240 donors in 24 hours! The funds raised this year will make an immeasurable impact on the futures of our students and our academic programs.  


Montibus Scholarship Trust

A quality education that is accessible to everyone. That’s been our driving purpose for 120 years and scholarships make that a reality. It’s not uncommon to hear a college or university say, “make an undesignated gift, and we’ll use it in the area of greatest need.” But Lees-McRae lives true to its mission daily, so we know that giving directly to students in the form of scholarships will have the greatest impact.

Gifts to the Montibus Scholarship Trust help students pursue their passions. As a school of opportunity, we want every student to reach their greatest potential, and scholarships can help get them there.


Did you know? Sustained annual gifts to the Montibus Scholarship Trust have the same positive effect as an endowed scholarship. For example, if you donate $25,000 or more to endow a scholarship, most of the funds are invested for future years and only a percentage is awarded each year. Money given to the Montibus Scholarship Trust is put straight to use. This means a yearly contribution of $1,250 can help students in the same way.

Montibus Scholarship Trust Informational Video

We're here to help!

When questions arise, make the Office of Advancement your one-stop shop. Give us a call to discuss Montibus Scholarship Trust or the different ways you can celebrate our heritage or strengthen our future. Or we can provide resources if you want to explore topics on your own. Most importantly, we’re happy to guide you through the giving process.


From individual programs to the distinct schools themselves—our students collaborate across disciplines and experience learning outside the classroom. Support the next generation of learners.
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Bobcat Club

Assist our student-athletes and contribute to their development on and off the field. Donations fund academic and athletic enhancements, as well as facility improvements.
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Friends of Wildlife

Help the students, faculty, and staff of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lees-McRae College—stewards of our natural environment—as they care for injured animals.
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New Opportunity School for Women

Promote the center’s mission to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income women from the Southern Appalachian region.
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Summer Theatre

Keep high quality, professional theatre alive and well in the High Country. Assistance enables the annual production of three full musicals and a Theatre for Young Audience program.
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You agree the college is worth your investment, but have other needs in mind. Gifts of all sizes can and do make a difference—we’d love to hear your ideas.

President’s Circle

Members of the President’s Circle—those that contribute a $1,000 or more each year—set the standard for charitable giving in our community and, by example, serve as an advocate for the college. This exclusive group of supporters receive invitations to special events with the President, including the Summer Soirée, and distinct recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors.