Giving Levels

We appreciate all of our donors, no matter what their relationships with VMI – alumni, parents and friends of the Institute – and regardless the size of the gift. Thank you for your commitment and generosity.

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The Institute Society was established in 1973 by the Trustees of the VMI Foundation in order to recognize and honor those donors who have demonstrated their enthusiasm for and loyalty to VMI through extraordinary annual support, particularly gifts to the Foundation Fund (unrestricted).

This generosity has done much to ensure the Institute’s academic and co-curricular programs remain strong and place VMI in the front rank of American higher education.

Opportunities for Membership

  • George C. Marshall Order: $100,000 lifetime total
  • Frances H. Smith Order: $25,000-$99,999*
  • Scott Shipp Order: $10,000 – $24,999*
  • J. T. L. Preston Order: $5,000 – $9,999*
  • Thomas J. Jackson Order: $2,000 – $4,999

John B. Strange Order:

  • $300 (years 1-5 after graduation)
  • $600 (years 6-10)
  • $1,200 (years 11-15)

*Gifts to any Foundation-managed endowment/fund are recognized at this level.

The opportunity to benefit from a VMI education while competing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics is a dream come true for many. That dream is made possible by the generosity of VMI alumni and friends. As investors, we can be proud of the impact we have on the lives of cadets. We welcome your membership.

  • Out of State Scholarship $45,000
  • In-State Scholarship $25,000
  • Scholarship $15,000
  • Sportsman $8,000
  • Spirit $6,000
  • Flying Squadron $4,000
  • Letterman $2,500
  • Big Red $1,500
    • Young Alumni $500
  • Hail Varsity $500-999
  • One Big Team $250-499
  • Keydet $1-249

All levels of support are meaningful for their direct benefit to the education of cadet-athletes. Donor courtesies range from bumper stickers to parking passes to complimentary tickets to football and basketball. Join today and let us extend our appreciation.

The term “VMI family” describes the people – cadets, faculty and staff, alumni, cadets’ relatives, and friends of VMI – who have a relationship with VMI.

While their relationships may differ, these people share a sincere belief in VMI’s mission: To educate cadets to be honorable, purposeful, and resolute leaders who are ready to serve their neighbors and their country. They steadfastly support the extraordinary way by which VMI accomplishes its mission and are intensely committed to advancing VMI’s welfare.

In 2005, in partnership with the VMI Parents Council, the VMI Foundation established the Society of VMI Family and Friends to encourage non-alumni family and friends to engage in the effort to support the Institute. Currently, there are more than 1,100 Society members.

Membership Levels

Parents of current cadets: $25.00

Non-alumni family and friends: $100.00

Family and friends who makes a contribution of $5000 or more will receive a medallion with the VMI Spider logo engraved and “The Society VMI of Family and Friends” around the outside.

Membership Benefits

Members receive an annual subscription to The Institute Report and are enrolled in their local chapter of the VMI Alumni Association where they are invited to participate in the chapter’s events.Upon joining, members also receive a Society of VMI Family and Friends bumper sticker. Parents of former cadets are encouraged to join!

Annually, since 2005, the Washington Arch Society has recognized donors who have made commitments to the Institute’s future through the means of a planned gift, such as a bequest or charitable remainder trust. Such commitments are highly valued because they represent the means by which a bright future for the Institute will be realized.

Please visit our planned giving page to learn how to support the Institute.