Every year alumni, parents and friends support Dillard through The Fair Dillard Fund. These unrestricted gifts support current operations and are critical in meeting the day-to-day needs of the University. Every dollar helps to support students, faculty members, and programs on campus by giving the President the ability to respond to the everchanging needs of the University.
In short, your gift to the Fair Dillard Fund makes a real difference and ensures that Dillard remains one of the premier liberal arts universities in the region and world.
Dillard’s computer science and business majors are preparing to change the world with your help. Our students embark on two events every year — the HBCU Battle of the Brains and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Convention.
The Departments of Political Science, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Urban Studies and Public Policy strive to teach critical thinking, strengthen writing skills and commit to social justice while empowering communities. Students are opened up to new experiences annually by studying aboard, taking local field trips to prisons, participating in student research day and more!!
THE RAY CHARLES PROGRAM IN AFRICAN AMERICAN MATERIAL CULTURE
The only program of its kind at an American college or university, the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture’s mission is to research, document, disseminate and preserve the culinary patrimony and material culture of African Americans in New Orleans and the South. Material culture refers to the physical objects, resources, and spaces that people use to define their culture.
The Pre-Law Program prepares undergraduate students for careers in law and to contribute to the larger societal goal of diversifying the legal profession. Our goal is simple–to become the nation’s premier undergraduate institution for producing African American attorneys. With an intensive co-curricular program tailored to enhance the in-class experience, committed students leave Dillard University prepared to enter law school.
1869 ALUMNI CHALLENGE
DU Alumni, WE NEED YOU! We are challenging all alumni to help us get to 30% participation by making a donation of $18.69 or any amount. After you make your gift, challenge 18 other people to match your gift. With your help and involvement, we can do it! Every gift, regardless of the amount matters.
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Scholarships provide opportunities for deserving students to attend Dillard, they attract a diverse student body, and they are based on need and academic criteria. As the cost of providing a world-class education continues to rise, and as federal dollars shrink, scholarship support has become more vital than ever.
RELIGIOUS LIFE FUND
As you know, Dillard is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. Gifts to the Religious Life Fund help to further Dillard’s moral and ethical ideals, the foundation on which the University stands. These gifts help promote our campus ministry and community outreach initiatives.
BLEU DEVIL ATHLETICS FUND
Gifts to the Bleu Devil Athletics Fund are used to fund scholarships for student-athletes, purchase uniforms for Bleu Devil teams, and support athletic facilities and equipment improvements.
SAFE FUND (STUDENT AID FOR FINANCIAL EMERGENCIES)
The SAFE Fund contributes emergency funding assistance to retain Dillard students who might otherwise be forced to forfeit attending school due to short term financial hardships. This fund was established to give vital assistance to at-risk students who, through no fault of their own, cannot afford some or all of their books, fees, housing or are unexpectedly confronted with a financial emergency.
WILL W. ALEXANDER LIBRARY
Gifts to the Will W. Alexander Library ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality learning tools and information to enhance the educational experience and strengthen the intellectual capital of our Dillard family.
GLEAMING WHITE & SPACIOUS GREEN FUND
Dillard has been ranked one of the most beautiful college campuses in America. Let’s keep it that way! These funds are used for general landscaping, maintenance, preservation and beauty enhancements of our buildings and lawns. In addition, funds will be used to maintain, save or replace (if necessary) our historic oak trees.
DELTA SIGMA THETA – BETA GAMMA CHAPTER
The women of Delta Sigma Theta have served the Dillard community for well over 80 years! This historic chapter has even produced a national president, Dr. Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre ’76, L.H.D. ’13.
KAPPA ALPHA PSI – BETA GAMMA CHAPTER
A significant number of Kappa Alpha Psi brothers voiced the need and desire to demonstrate their everlasting commitment to education and achievement with a focus on their brothers pursuing and those who will pursue their education at Dillard.
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA – BETA UPSILON CHAPTER
In 2014, ThinkHBCU was launched as one of the national campaigns of Alpha Kappa Alpha to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Dillard is a part of this history and the Beta Upsilon chapter has a long legacy of members who have contributed to both the sorority and society. From the sorority’s 18th international president Dr. Mattelia B. Grays ’52, a 1950 initiate, to Dr. Yolanda Williams Page ’90, a 1989 initiate, who serves as vice president of the Division of Academic Affairs, the Beta Upsilon chapter has produced leaders who move the needle.
BRANDON KENDRELL SIMS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Brandon K. Sims Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to assist aspiring senior males, espeically members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., seeking an undergraduate degree from Dillard.