The D&E Fund

A gift to The D&E Fund is the most simple and direct way you can demonstrate your belief in Davis & Elkins College’s mission: To prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.

Giving to The D&E Fund empowers President Chris Wood and other College leaders to invest in programs, facilities and scholarships that make a quality education available and affordable for students. Please make a habit of supporting The D&E Fund each year. Your gift, large or small, will contribute to the $1.5 million needed each year to support critical programs and services.

Where Does the Money Go?

Your impact on D&E: Tuition and fees cover only 70 percent of a D&E education. Support from alumni and friends is needed to supplement tuition and ensure the quality education you expect. Gifts directly affect the student experience by helping support the College's operating budget. So whether it is keeping the lights on or replacing a missing brick, The D&E Fund supports it.

Gift Allocation

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Did you know that more than 85 percent of current D&E students receive some form of financial assistance? Many could not attend college without financial aid. The D&E Fund provides student scholarships, including the nationally recognized Highlands Scholar Program.

Additionally, donors may establish a named current scholarship with a minimum gift commitment of $1,000 per year. Click here for a list of D&E's current scholarships. For further information about establishing an annual scholarship, contact the development staff.

Academic Program Support

Supporting faculty salaries and helping to recruit and retain great faculty are just the beginning to how The D&E Fund helps to strengthen our academic program. Gifts to The D&E Fund also support academic program budgets, equipment and supplies, travel, and many other resources for ensuring D&E continues to offer distinctive, high quality programs.

Student Services

The Naylor Learning Center, the Office of Career Services & Student Employment, and the Writing Center are examples of the student-focused services that are supported by gifts to The D&E Fund.

Campus Upkeep

Nearly all who visit our campus comment on the beauty of its grounds and historic buildings. Gifts to The D&E Fund help us maintain our buildings, keep up with the mowing in the summer and snow removal in the winter, and adorn our campus with beautiful flowers. Also, don’t forget The D&E Fund helps keep the lights on!

Giving Societies

1904 Society

Since Davis & Elkins College’s founding in 1904, gifts from individuals and organizations have played a crucial role in the development of the College. Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen Benton Elkins transformed their vision into reality by donating land and money, and by securing support from the Presbyterian Church. Throughout the years, alumni and friends have made gifts that have enabled the College carry out its mission of providing a quality, personalized education, rooted in the liberal arts, to each new generation of students, meeting the challenges of changing times, changing technologies, and an increasingly diverse student body.

To recognize those whose outstanding, consistent support is sustaining and empowering the College in its second century of service, Davis & Elkins College has created the 1904 Society. The College invites you to become a member of the 1904 Society by giving $1,000 or more to The D&E Fund this year. To keep your membership current, you will be asked to renew this commitment each year.

Click here for the list of 1904 Society Members.

Benefits of Membership


Members of the 1904 Society are listed on a plaque prominently displayed at Davis & Elkins College. In addition, 1904 Society members are recognized for their level of giving in the College’s Honor Roll of Donors and receive a lapel pin designed exclusively for the 1904 Society. You are encouraged to wear your pin with pride and tell others how they can become members of the 1904 Society.

Special Events

Members of the 1904 Society will receive invitations to special events throughout the year, as well as advance notice and complimentary tickets to campus athletic events and performing arts events.

As a member of the 1904 Society, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are among Davis & Elkins College’s most generous and faithful supporters. Not only does your support provide significant benefit to students today, but you may inspire others to follow your example.

1904 Society Giving Circles

Tower Circle

The Tower Circle of the 1904 Society recognizes donors who make gifts of $25,000 or more to the College during the year.

President's Circle

The President’s Circle of the 1904 Society recognizes donors who make gifts of $10,000-$24,999 to the College during the year.

Senator Henry Gassaway Davis Circle

Named for one of Davis & Elkins College’s founding fathers, the Henry Gassaway Davis Circle recognizes donors who make gifts of $5,000 - $9,999 to the College during the year. Senator Davis worked tirelessly to inspire the Presbytery of Lexington to establish a college in Elkins. In 1902, Senator Davis committed endowment and funds to clear and improve the college grounds and continued to support the college with his gifts throughout his lifetime.

Senator Stephen Benton Elkins Circle

Named for the other founding father of Davis & Elkins College, the Stephen Benton Elkins Circle recognizes donors who make gifts of $2,000 - $4,999 to the College during the year. When Davis & Elkins College was contemplated, Senator Elkins provided capital and land south of Elkins overlooking the Tygart River for the College campus.

Hallie Davis Elkins Circle

Named for the daughter of Henry Gassaway Davis and the wife of Stephen Benton Elkins, the Hallie Davis Elkins Circle recognizes donors who make gifts of $1,000 - $1,999 to the College during the year. It was the gift of the Halliehurst Farm by Mrs. Elkins that enabled Davis & Elkins College to move from a one-building location on Sallie-Mike Hill south of town to its present location in the heart of Elkins in 1926.

1904 Society Charter Members

By responding to the invitation to join the 1904 Society during its inaugural year, 2006-2007, the following individuals and organizations became Charter Members of the 1904 Society. Davis & Elkins College deeply appreciates their loyalty and commitment.

Click here for the list of 1904 Society Charter Members.

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society recognizes all those who have provided for a future gift to Davis & Elkins College, whether by establishing a life income gift, by naming the College as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement fund, or by establishing a bequest. There is no more profound way to express loyalty and commitment to the College than by including the College in one’s charitable gift planning. The following individuals have informed the College that they have such a commitment.

Click here for the list of Heritage Society Members.