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What to Support

There are many ways to mays to support the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Annual gifts in any amount go to work immediately to support our students and sustain the day-to-day operations of the college. Donors may also create a named endowment, which establishes a permanent legacy in support of the mission of the college. You may also consider a planned gift, which can have a significant impact on the college while gaining financial and tax benefits for you and your family.

Scholarships provide valuable financial assistance to students and ensure the College of Natural Resources and Environment will continue to attract the most promising future leaders in the field. They also ensure that students, no matter their financial circumstances, can access a world-class education.

Endowed named scholarships are a permanent source of funding that will continue to assist future generations of students.

Endowed Professorships

Outstanding faculty inspire and motivate students, and contribute to our excellence. Endowed support for professors helps the college recruit and retain exceptional educators and researchers.


The Student Leadership Institute teaches students the leadership skills they need for stewardship of our environment and the management and utilization of our natural resources. Each year, students and instructors travel to Richmond and Washington to visit with environmental leaders and policymakers. The program relies completely on philanthropic support, and gifts to the institute ensure its long-term viability.

The Sustainability Institute provides students hands-on learning experiences, allowing them to develop the professional skills needed to solve real-word problems in sustainable fashion. Students have access to workshops, mentoring, and assistance from corporate partners. Philanthropic support from individuals and corporations sustain the institute.


As we look toward the future, enhancing our facilities is essential. Modern buildings meet the needs of the students and faculty, and show our commitment to transformative teaching and research.

Support for the Center Woods Complex is critical. Adding modern laboratory facilities to the complex will enhance the research of faculty members and the learning opportunities of students. Upgrades will help maximize existing infrastructure as well, including an aquaculture facility, a field-sample storage facility, a bear research facility, a research aviary, and a mussel propagation laboratory.

Fishburn Forest Environmental Learning Center, located 10 minutes from our Blacksburg campus, is a 1,353-acre demonstration site with ample space for laboratories and research. Adding an on-site facility will increase conservation efforts and the number of outdoor-education participants at the site, while also advancing environmental awareness in the area.

John F. Hosner Legacy Fund

John Hosner helped create what is today the highly ranked and world renowned College of Natural Resources and Environment. The John F. Hosner Legacy Fund honors him as the college’s founding visionary who saw the natural resources profession changing and positioned the university to respond to society’s emerging need for a sustainable planet. Support for this endowed fund honors the college’s founder.

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  • Emily Hutchins
  • Chief Advancement Officer
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  • Cheatham Hall, RM 323
    310 West Campus Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

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