Message from the CEO
Dear Alumni and Friends of VMI:
Tradition is a word closely associated with VMI. Some of its traditions are relatively young; others, such as the cadet guard, were established in VMI’s earliest days.
It might surprise some, but one of the longest standing traditions at VMI is private support of the Institute and its cadets. The first scholarships were established before the Civil War, and private donors were critical to the Institute’s survival in the decades after the Civil War.
Over time, private support has increased in importance to VMI and the Corps of Cadets. This academic year, private financial support will make up more than 23% of VMI’s $72.5 million annual budget. Last year, hundreds of cadets—45% of the Corps—received need-based financial support, and the merit-based Institute Scholars Program supported another 88 cadets.
Alumni and friends of the Institute have a proud record of donating to VMI. Combining foresight, vision, and generosity, individual benefactors and various groups established endowments that now generate millions of dollars in revenues for VMI. Donors give to the three components of VMI Annual Giving and make other annual gifts to VMI. Thanks to our donors, every aspect of the VMI education will receive bountiful support and our cadets will receive millions of dollars in financial aid.
All of us on Post are grateful for the support of all our donors, past and present. I hope that, after viewing this website, you will join them in the important and on-going effort to support what is a truly extraordinary American college.
Brian Scott Crockett
CEO, VMI Foundation