The KSU Annual Fund is the annual giving program for Kentucky State University, alumni, and friends. It provides the cornerstone for KSU’s success. We operate on a fiscal year, which runs July 1 through June 30.

Your annual support of the KSU Annual Fund helps keep the university affordable for students, provides opportunities for learning and discovery, and ensures KSU’s progress.

Your annual participation is key! Tax-deductible gifts to the KSU Annual Fund provide a steady source of support for academic programs and give the university the flexibility to meet emerging needs and challenges.

And annual support from alumni helps improve KSU’s national rankings and reputation. Demonstrate your vote of confidence and loyalty by giving to the KSU Annual Fund. Together, our gifts make a difference.

Areas of Support


Supporting the university’s scholarship initiatives is the most direct way alumni and friends of the university can make a difference in the lives of our students. Scholarships expand opportunities for undergraduate students by allowing the university to recognize and reward outstanding academic achievement and by helping to open KSU’s doors to students who would otherwise not be able to afford college.

University Fund (Unrestricted)

Kentucky State University relies on an annual basis of unrestricted funds to support a wide variety of university programs, special projects, new research initiatives and individual students. The University Fund is the foundation of this annual support, giving the university the ability to respond immediately to areas of greatest need.

Academic Areas (Schools and Colleges)

By choosing to invest in a specific academic unit, you are casting your vote of confidence in that instructional program. Moreover, you are supplying the necessary support to enhance established initiatives but also provide resources to create others. Either way, you are enriching the lives of students by expanding their opportunities.

Student Activities

KSU is dedicated to creating a comprehensive educational experience for our students. We provide opportunities that complement the academic curricula and help students overcome obstacles. We operate many of the programs and services of daily life, including housing, dining, recreation, student organizations, health care, counseling and career development.

The Henry E. Cheaney Legacy Brick Program

Supporters can honor a legacy and pay tribute to Dr. Henry E. Cheaney by purchasing bricks or plaques at the new plaza. The funds raised from the Cheaney Plaza project will support the construction of a new athletic complex.

Each brick measures 4in x 8in and can be engraved with the name of a relative or friend or a special message. The bricks will be embedded in the plaza’s walkway, located across from the Carl M. Hill Student Center. Plaques will be displayed along the plaza wall. Each plaque measures 9in x 12in.

Ideas to consider for your plaque design:

  • Highlighting generations of your family who have attended KSU
  • Creating a remembrance memorial honoring a family member, spouse, or friend
  • Listing your organization’s members

For more information about the plaza or to purchase a brick or plaque, call 597-6760.


On Oct. 17, 2014, the Founder’s Day Convocation speaker JoAnn James, a 1986 KSU graduate, encouraged all alumni and friends to GIVE 9 “out of love and respect” for President Raymond M. Burse who made headlines for giving $90,000 of his salary to increase the pay of the University’s lowest-paid workers. You can accept the challenge by giving any amount that includes the number 9– meaning $9, $90, or $900.

Ways to Give

There are a variety of ways to make a gift to Kentucky State University.


Our safe, secure online giving site allows donors to search or browse through our funds to quickly and easily make a gift.

By Mail

To send a gift by mail, download a giving form. Mail completed form and check, if applicable to:

Kentucky State University
Office of Institutional Advancement
400 E. Main St.
ASB, Suite 261
Frankfort, Ky. 40601

If sending a check, please make it payable to KSU Foundation, Inc.

By Phone

Call (502) 597-6760 and have your credit or debit card information ready.

Payroll Deduction

In addition to making one-time gifts via credit card or check, KSU employees may give to the university by setting up a payroll deduction. To do so, download a Campus Campaign giving form.

Make your gift today by clicking here.