Making a difference. This is who we are.
Every day, in every corner of the commonwealth and around the world, our college helps communities thrive.
We are the land-grant mission come to life. We are preparing more than 3,500 students to be leaders in agriculture and life sciences. We are developing new research tools to tackle the complex issues in our food systems, local economies, the environment, and health. And we are sharing this knowledge with the world through our Virginia Cooperative Extension network and Virginia 4-H.
But we can’t do this alone. You are vital to our shared success as we work to create lasting positive change both today and tomorrow.
With your support today, our students can become scientists, producers, policymakers, teachers, and leaders of tomorrow.
Your generosity on Giving Day makes a significant impact on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Your gift helps support:
- Applying the skills learned inside the classroom in the real-world through a variety of applications and experiential learning opportunities
- Giving students scholarships so they can focus on academics and the student experience, lessening the time commitment of working while learning.
- Allowing students to participate in organizations and events both in Blacksburg and across the country. Annual funds give students the opportunity to bolster their professional development outside of the classroom.
Currently, more than 30 percent of our students depend on need-based scholarships or grants to realize their dreams of a Virginia Tech education. Our goal is to provide that opportunity to even more students by increasing our scholarship awards to more than $750,000.
How you can help
CALS Annual Fund
The CALS Annual Fund helps pay for financial aid awards, student research projects, summer internship stipends, student mentoring programs, and so much more.
Giving to individual departments allows you to direct your donation to your department of choice.
Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H
You can also help extend our reach by supporting VCE and 4-H and allowing them to have profound impacts on the commonwealth — and around the world.
In order to continue to carry out this mission, 4-H needs your help. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone – and 4-H has been no exception. Canceled camps and events put a significant financial strain on education centers across the commonwealth.
Together, we can ensure that 4-H can continue empowering youth by giving them the tools they need to chart their path and the space to thrive.
For the third year in a row, the CALS Alumni Organization Board of Directors has united to establish a Challenge to our members. By designating a gift to the CALS Annual Fund you will be a part of reaching our goal of 560 donors to unlock the Challenge releasing $8,000 of additional resources for the college! The Samuels Family will also support a leaderboard awarding $5,000 across the three CALS departments with the most donors.