Giving Opportunites

In keeping with the spirit of providing affordable, attainable and quality education, we also support funding for scholarships and major projects which enrich students' lives and support the college's strategic initiatives. You can truly make a difference in the lives of others through a charitable gift. Not only will you feel good about your philanthropic actions, you will be rewarded with significant tax benefits.

Annual Giving
College faculty and staff, business and industry, and the community support the college through annual giving to the Foundation. You may make your annual gift in several installments over one year. Or, you may make a multi-year pledge commitment by paying in installments over several years.

Memorial Gifts
The college has friends who are now deceased and whose lives contributed to the development of the college. You may give a one-time gift or establish an endowed scholarship in memory of such a person.

Tribute or Recognition Gifts
Gifts may be given in honor of a person you wish to recognize or to acknowledge significant milestones in their lives: graduations, birthday, special achievements.

Unrestricted Gifts 
Unrestricted funds will be applied to the greatest needs of the college.

Restricted Gifts
Contributions to this fund benefit special programs or purposes, either by contributing to one of the funds listed below or creating a new one.

Leave a Legacy While Investing in SouthArk
Donating through wills, trusts, and bequests.

Gift Priorities

Special Funds 

  • Academic Career and Achievement Program

  • Advanced Manufacturing Training Center

  • Athletic's General Fund

  • Cultural Activities – AAFFD

  • Entertainment and Media Arts

  • FBLA Collegiate Travel

  • Finance and Administration Activities

  • G. Thomas Baumgardner Students’ Choice Award

  • Heritage Society Planned Giving

  • Howard Heritage Plaza Support

  • Innovation Mini-Grant Endowed

  • Lecture Series  

  • President’s Circle

  • Kelly Roper Radiologic Technology Program

  • Skills USA Travel

  • South Arkansas Arboretum

  • SouthArk Library

  • SouthArk Library Learning Gardens

  • Student Services Activities

  • Student Success

  • Student Success for Single Parents

  • Thomas Administration Building

  • Odie and Sandra Vaughan Baseball Fund

Legacy Society Planned Giving

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How To Fund a Scholarship

There are many ways to provide scholarship funds for well-deserving students to pursue their education. Your gift will make an important difference in a student’s education.

Endowed Scholarships
Endowments are gifts that give in perpetuity. An endowment gift is invested and only a certain percentage of the earnings is spent for the specified purpose each year. It provides a permanent fund that generates annual earnings used to award scholarships or establish programs of study, faculty development or general campus support. The minimum gift to establish an endowment is $15,000 and may be completed over a period of up to three years.

Restricted Scholarships
These scholarships are created by pooling donations from various donors and which are designated for specific programs such as allied health, business, computers, early childhood education, etc.

General Scholarships
These scholarships are established by combining gifts from many donors. Donations of any amount may be given. Donations may be on a one-time or annual basis. Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. The Foundation is an Arkansas 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

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Make A Gift

Thank you for considering a gift. Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. 

Mail contributions to:
SouthArk Foundation
P.O. Box 7010
El Dorado, Arkansas 71731

Phone: 870-864-7130
Toll-Free: 800-955-2289 
Fax: 870-864-8420