Your generous support of Bemidji State University makes an incredible impact on our students, the community and the world.

Lwin supports BSU nursing graduates ready to fight COVID-19

A heartfelt gesture from one of Bemidji State’s committed young alumni has put future registered nurses from the BSU class of 2020 on the fast-track to making a difference in…

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It’s for the birds: BSU students take advantage of corporate support

New Nikon binoculars in hand, students in Dr. Elizabeth Rave’s ornithology course have been watching the university’s lakefront bird feeders from the comfort of Sattgast Hall and reporting bird species…

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534 donors build the dam for BSU students

7,200. That’s about how many miles Hong Kong, China is from Bemidji State University. Hong Kong is also where the furthest gift came from during Bemidji State University’s recent Day…

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Donors pledge $60,000 in matching gifts to BSU’s day of giving

Bemidji State University’s day of giving, known as the Build the Dam Challenge, is all about addressing the needs of BSU students as they study, compete and grow during their…

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What you need to know about the Build the Dam Challenge

Bemidji State University’s Build the Dam Challenge will engage donors from around the world to show their support for our world’s future leaders. This campaign enables Bemidji State to succeed…

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Scholarships Help Rachel Will ’20 Serve Others

Rachel Will of Northfield, Minn. was always committed to academics but took a year off to join the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. During the full-time program for young adults,…

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BSU Celebrates Scholarship Recipients and Donors at November 2 Brunch

Bemidji State University’s Beaux Arts Ballroom was packed with BSU scholarship recipients, donors and university staff on November 2 for the university’s 8th annual Scholarship Appreciation Brunch. Hosted by the…

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BSU Golf Welcomes Fans, Donors to New Practice Facility

Testing the golf simulator at the Jeff “Bird” McBride Clubhouse dedication on November 2 BSU Men’s and Women’s Golf teams understand the challenge of keeping their swings and putts true…

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Norbord Minnesota Shares Beaver Pride to Employees

Thanks to Norbord Minnesota’s support for Beaver Hockey, free tickets to home games at the Sanford Center are available to employees and their families, even on short notice. The wood…

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Why Does BSU Need Money?

BSU’s Lakeside Fund helps to fill the gap and allows us to keep BSU as affordable as possible by providing for student scholarships, as well as helping with general campus needs. This fund requires support on an annual basis, which is why it is referred to as an “annual fund”.

The Lakeside Fund is not tied to any specific project—it goes to the area of greatest need on campus, as determined by the president. But with over 82% of current students receiving financial aid, one of our greatest needs will always be to keep BSU affordable through scholarship support.

State funds currently cover approximately 37% of BSU’s total operating budget. Combined with tuition, this is simply not enough to continue to provide a transformational education for our students, that is why philanthropy is so important!

Today, students cannot earn enough in an academic year, or during the summer, to support the full cost of tuition. Many of our students rely on scholarships, work study, family help and student loans to make an education possible. Annual support from alumni, faculty and staff, parents and friends of BSU helps reduce the burden for students trying to balance up to three jobs and keep up with academic studies.

Most gifts to the university are directed toward specific schools, programs or departments. Annual, expendable gifts provide the university with flexibility to address the greatest needs on campus, which includes admission scholarships.

BSU recognizes this importance of providing guidance, resources and services to ensure academic success for these students.

Federal support for university research is significant, but its been on the decline for years. The current budget environments make this funding increasingly precarious.

The average gift to BSU is $100.00. Together these gifts add up to thousands of dollars in support. Your participation is important.

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