Mission Statement

The purpose of the Development Office at Fort Valley State University is to support the mission and priorities of the University. We engage in fundraising activities by raising funds and building partnerships that will assist the university in meeting its funding goals. We strive to create opportunities for meaningful participation with FVSU, to build positive relationships and to promote financial commitment to the University. We serve FVSU’s students, alumni, friends, and our colleagues with respect, honesty, and integrity while creating an environment of trust.

Robert C. Stephens
Director of Development
(478) 825-6959
E-mail: stephensr@fvsu.edu
Fax Number(478) 825-6461

Are you ready to make a gift today? We have several options to make it easy and secure for you.

Online: Visit: give-online to make a secure gift today.

By Phone:
Contact the Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc. at (478) 825-6474.

By Mail:
Fort Valley State University Foundation, Inc.
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030

Please include a donor form, PAN, or note letting us know where you would like the gift to be designated.

“We want to do our level best not to turn anyone away, because that one student who leaves may be the one person who has a cure for cancer.”

-President Larry E. Rivers,
22nd Annual Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon

Since its inception in 1987, FVSU’s Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon has generated more than $1.5 million in scholarships making it the university’s single largest scholarship fundraiser. In 2010, proceeds raised from the event helped to provide nearly 200 deserving FVSU students with scholarships to defray the costs of further education. As of May 5, 2011, $121,153.48 has been raised from the 2011 Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon.

The annual scholarship luncheon is held the third Monday in February (President’s Day). Lunch is served at 12:00 p.m. followed by the scheduled program. Each luncheon will introduce our scholarship recipients, legacy award recipients, have a keynote speaker and recognize our sponsors.


The need for scholarships is great and growing. If you would like to help provide scholarships for deserving students, there are several levels of giving. Donors may contribute by purchasing tickets to the event at the set price or by donating at the following levels:

Bronze ($250-499);

Silver ($500-$999);

Gold ($1,000-$4999);

Platinum ($5,000-$7,499);

Diamond ($7,500-$9,999); or

Corporate ($10,000 or above).

Table reservations (8 seats) are available by purchase.

All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, contact the FVSU Foundation Office at (478) 825-6474 or visit www.fvsu.edu.

25th Annual Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon

Stay tuned for updates as we prepare for the Black History Month Scholarship Luncheon’s milestone “Silver” Anniversary.

Past Scholarship Luncheon Recipients

2011 BHMSL Scholarship Recipients:

* LaChrisha Baker
* Lakiesha Hampton
* D’Aryl Evans

2010 BHMSL Recipients:

* Antwan Cuffie
* Taylor Sykes
* Jazmine McDonald

“My aunt died unexpectedly in 2007. She loved teaching and we wanted to give something back in her memory to keep her legacy going. She loved helping students and wanted to see them excel.” – Janice Kitchens

In 2011, The Kitchens Family created the Dr. Justine Kitchens Scholarship Endowment in memory of their late aunt who was a Fort Valley State University alumnus.

FVSU’s Class of 1961 donated $25,000 to start a scholarship endowment—the largest donation given by a 50th Anniversary Class.

FVSU’s Class of 1960 donated $13,800 towards student scholarships during their 50th Class Reunion in 2010.

Through this outstanding series, we honor the life of John Wesley Davison, leader of the founders of Fort Valley State College and the first principal of the Fort Valley High & Industrial School. Established in 2002, the purpose of the John W. Davison Lecture Series is to emphasize to the students and others that education extends beyond the classroom. The John W. Davison Lecture Series provides the opportunity to showcase individuals who have become successful in their chosen fields of endeavor; such a showcase provides much-needed role models for students and others. In other words, the series helps students to see a direct connection between their experiences as undergraduates and the abundance of opportunities that exist outside the walls of this great university.

We feel that the continuation of the John W. Davison Lecture Series will empower students, faculty, staff, and the community to believe that The Fort Valley State University is indeed “A Light for Your Path!”

2012-2013 John W. Davison Lecture Series Roster
The 2012-2013 John W. Davison Lecture Series roster has not been released. Please check back for updates.
(All lectures take place at 6 p.m.)

Past Speakers


Tommy Ford
Dr. Freddie Parker
Shirley Franklin
Chef Marvin Woods
Renee Amoore
Jeff Johnson
Dr. Darlene Clark Hine
Kemba Smith Pradia
Harry Coaxum


* Dr. Daniel K. Wims
* Antwan “Big Boi” Patton
* Terri Vaughn
* Tasha Smith
* Roland Martin
* Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges
* Dr. Lewis Baldwin
* Martin Luther King, III
* Dr. Ian K. Smith
* Kandi Burruss


* Dr. Vann Newkirk
* Fredericka Whitfield
* A’Leila Bundles
* Dr. Delanor D. Doyle


* Dr. Pakinam E’-Sharkawy
* Said Sewell
* Mike Glenn
* The Crawford Inspirational Ensemble
* Dr. Peter D. Fraser


* Gregory Anderson
* George Watson, Sr.
* Robert A. Pratt


* Chester Higgins, Jr.
* Dennis Dickerson
* The late Margaret Burroughs
* Dr. Michael Gomez


* Dr. Haki Madhubuti
* Dr. Mary Frances Berry
* Alan Colon
* Tim & Daphne Reid
* Mae Jemison


* The late Dr. James Cheek
* The late Bebe Moore Campbell
* Kweisi Mfume
* Kathleen Cleaver
* Dr. Jon Abdullah Yasin
* Dick Gregory
* Spike Lee
* Richard Roundtree
* Sister Souljah


* Dr. Cornel West
* Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
* Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis
* Dr. Julianne Malveaux
* Dr. Benjamin Carson
* Amiri Baraka
* Charlayne Hunter-Gault
* Nikki Giovanni
* Dr. Michael Eric Dyson


* Haki Madhubuti
* Maulana Karenga
* Asa G. Hilliard, III
* Dr. Molefi Asante
* Dr. Yosef ben-Jodhannan
* Na’im Akbar
* Sister Soulja
* Sonia Sanchez
* Susan Taylor
* Hydeia L. Broadbent


* Dr. Jon Yasin
* Dr. Elizabeth Nunez
* Dr. Alan Colon
* Peter J. Harris

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