Leave a Lasting Mark on the World


A student’s experience starts with you and your financial support of the university. Gifts that make every student's journey possible.

Whether you are a graduate, parent, current student, faculty/staff or friend of Lenoir-Rhyne University, you know it is a place that is making a difference in the lives of our students and the community every day.

Your financial support makes it possible for the university to offer a one-of-a-kind learning experience for students and opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom.

Your support provides the flexibility for LR to respond to changing circumstances and to take advantage of new opportunities. It helps to bridge the gap between the actual cost of educating a student and the comprehensive fee.

No matter the size, every gift truly counts.

Ways to Give

We are eager and available to help you decide the best ways to make your investment in the future of the university and all LR students.

We accept a variety of tax-deductible gifts from a one-time or recurring gift, endowed scholarship, planned and estate giving, gifts of stocks or securities or honoring a loved one's memory. 

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The Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne

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Every dollar given to The Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne goes to work immediately for all students in maintaining our commitment to preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Support from this fund is primarily directed to student need, scholarships and financial assistance.

The fund is founded on the belief that every generation should support those who follow.

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LTSS New Life Fund

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The New Life Fund provides important financial flexibility for Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, allowing the seminary to respond to our community’s changing needs.

Gifts of every size help support day-to-day operations and provide opportunities for students to worship, learn and grow together in faith.

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Nolan Garrett

I fell in love with this place, and the scholarship influenced my decision to come to LR. The smaller class sizes and the fact that it’s a Lutheran school were important factors.

Nolan Garrett '20, Computer Science

Bears Club

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Financial support from the Bears Club enhances the student-athlete experience, provides athletic scholarship support and funds capital improvement projects.

More than 1,000 alumni, numerous corporations, parents and friends are members of the Bears Club, and as members, they collectively provide crucial support to each of the university's 23 intercollegiate teams.

Bears Club

Impact of Giving

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Through the extraordinary generosity of donors, students are provided with a world-class education and exceptional opportunities inside and outside the classroom that have a lasting impact on their lives.

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Katie Fisher

Higher education should help a student develop as a whole person. I give my time, talents and resources to causes for which I’m passionate. That's why I believe in and support Lenoir-Rhyne.

Katie Fisher, Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Life

Donor Recognition

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Every donor who makes a gift to LR — regardless of its size or designation — helps the university achieve its strategic goals of academic excellence and preparing students for a lifetime of success. We recognize and appreciate your generosity, dedication and support of LR and in transforming the lives of students.

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Institutional Advancement works to build and strengthen relationships with university constituencies that encourage and generate investment and support of the Lenoir-Rhyne University mission, our programs and initiatives.

Executive Director of Advancement Services
625 7th Ave NE, LRU 7467
Hickory, NC 28601
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Administrative Associate of Institutional Advancement
625 7th Ave NE, LRU 7546
Hickory, NC 28601
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Vice President for Advancement and Marketing Communications
625 7th Ave NE, LRU 7546
Hickory, NC 28601
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News & Events

LR students take a group photo by main stairs at NCAS meeting

12 LR students presented their research at the 2024 meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences, earning awards and sharing the thrills of discovery.

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A sampling of nine molds in petri dishes from Christina Fisher's research

In the microbiology lab, Christina Fisher '25 investigates the antimicrobial potential of molds and fungi, and the accolades are adding up.

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