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Where to Give

Ways to designate a gift are virtually endless and range from giving to a specific department to contributing to a mass campaign. Keep in mind that the less restrictions you stipulate with your gift will allow more opportunity for its use. Here’s a list of specific efforts you can contribute to:

The general scholarship fund

Naming Opportunities
Scholarship donors may establish scholarships and name them according to their personal wishes. The desired minimum award is $500 per year.

How can I set up a scholarship fund?
Please contact the University Advancement Office to discuss your desire to set up a private scholarship at Austin Peay. Our staff will be happy to discuss your particular interests and tailor a scholarship according to your wishes that will benefit students at Austin Peay for years to come. Phone 931-221-7127 or e-mail

What is the advantage to an endowed scholarship fund?
An endowed scholarship at Austin Peay provides a lasting tribute to a person of a donor’s choice. An endowment of $25,000 provides a $1,000 annual scholarship to a deserving student. The corpus of the endowment is not invaded and thereby assures a legacy to the donor and will perpetually benefit Austin Peay students. For further information on establishing an endowed scholarship at Austin Peay, call 931-221-7199 or


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The Austin Peay State University Foundation

The Austin Peay State University Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in August of 1975.  A primary focus of the Foundation is to assist Austin Peay State University by providing funds for worthy purposes which are not sufficiently funded by other sources.

Duties of the Foundation
Membership in the Austin Peay Foundation is a special honor that is bestowed upon community and alumni leaders who have demonstrated genuine interest in the goal of enhancing higher education and Austin Peay State University. Members are elected to serve a term of five years. Members may be selected to serve a second term. After that, they must leave the board for at least one year.

Foundation members perform the following three duties:

  • First and foremost, they give from their own resources in support of the University. They must set the example so that they can become effective in their roles as Foundation members.
  • Foundation members assist in obtaining gifts to the University from other sources. They are asked to call on other potential donors or identify potential donors or other sources of private support. They may go on calls with a representative of the University.
  • Foundation members stay current and knowledgeable on the status of Austin Peay State University. They are briefed periodically and given direct access to the president and the executive director for University Advancement in obtaining information. They are advocates and ambassadors for the University.

Meetings of the Foundation are not frequent, but Foundation members are expected to attend all meetings of the Foundation. No more than two or three full board meetings are anticipated per year. The day-to-day business of the Foundation is conducted by the executive committee.

Success of the Foundation
Philanthropic gifts are needed to satisfy increased demands that have been placed on higher education in recent years. The Austin Peay State University Foundation has the responsibility of searching for and securing private funds which are vital to the University. Private financial support helps Austin Peay fulfill its mission and realize its full potential. The Foundation welcomes your gifts, which are not only investments in quality education, but in quality of life.

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Governors Club

The Austin Peay Governors Club was created to support the total athletic program at Austin Peay State University. By providing resources, participation, enthusiasm, attendance and appreciation to all the teams at the University, the Governors Club strives to enhance the athletic and academic quality of the programs supported by the club.

Governors Club members pledge to work together for the common goal of nurturing successful athletic teams both on and off the field of play.

Why you should become a member.
Membership in the Governors Club not only provides you with tangible benefits such as preferred seating and special parking privileges but also community involvement and personal connections. The Governors Club members are a dedicated community of Austin Peay alumni, supporters and sports fans interested in supporting Austin Peay athletics programs and the Austin Peay community.

  • Scholarships
  • Championship rings
  • Holiday break meals
  • Championship banners
  • Resurfacing of the Dunn Center floor
  • Enhance recruiting and travel budgets
  • Facility improvements
  • Tennis court resurfacing
  • Uniforms
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events
  • Alumni receptions
  • Tailgate parties
  • OVC Tournament student tickets

More information about the Governors Club

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Outdoor naming opportunities

We are very happy to assist those donors who have chosen an outdoor naming opportunity at Austin Peay and hope you will find this section of our web site helpful and informative.
If you wish to request an outdoor naming opportunity at Austin Peay or would like more information, please contact:

  • APSU University Advancement
    P. O. Box 4417
    Clarksville, TN  37044-4417
    931-221-7199 (phone)
    931-221-6289 (fax)

It is the desire of Austin Peay State University to accommodate requests of donors in regard to naming outdoor areas at the University.  In consultation with the Landscape Manager in the Physical Plant, the University Advancement Office will coordinate the purchase of the item(s) of choice – bench(es), tree(s) and/or fountain(s).  The University Advancement Office will provide appropriate gift recognition and receipting for the purchase of such items.

Prices as of July 1, 2008 (prices are subject to change based on cost of goods and labor)

  • $ 1,200 for a six foot bench, plate and concrete pad
  • $ 800 for a four foot bench, plate and concrete pad
  • $ 800 for a fountain
  • $ 300 for tree and marker

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Building naming opportunities

If you wish to request a building naming opportunity at Austin Peay or would like more information, please contact:

  • APSU University Advancement
    P. O. Box 4417
    Clarksville, TN  37044-4417
    931-221-7199 (phone)
    931-221-6289 (fax)

The Baggett/Carroll Match

Baggett-Carroll Scholarship Endowment, a $250,000 Match Opportunity!
An APSU alumnus, one of the nation’s best-known financial advisers, is honoring the faculty member to whom he, in large part, attributes his professional success.

Larry Carroll, president of Carroll Financial Associates Inc., Charlotte, N.C., gave more than $100,000 to APSU in 2004 to establish the Baggett-Carroll Scholarship in the School of Business—Carroll’s tribute to Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting Lawrence Baggett.

Baggett, also an alumnus, taught accounting at APSU from 1965-2004, serving as department chair during 1979-82 and again in 1998-2003.
To increase the scholarship endowment, Carroll recently issued a challenge to other alumni and supporters, especially those in accounting or business, saying he will match—dollar for dollar—each gift to the Baggett-Carroll Scholarship Endowment—up to $250,000.

If our alumni and friends give a total of $250,000, Larry will match that, which will mean a total of $600,000 for the Baggett-Carroll Scholarship Endowment. This will enable APSU to go after the best high school and nontraditional students who want to major in accounting in the School of Business.

- Roy Gregory, executive director for University advancement

With a bachelor’s degree in accounting from APSU and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Carroll, a former certified public accountant (CPA), became a certified financial planner in 1981. His firm manages more than a billion dollars of client assets with an emphasis on risk-controlled portfolios for retirees.
Past national chair of the 24,000-member Financial Planning Association, Carroll has been quoted in Money magazine, The New York Times, Medical Economics, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, American Banker and other financial publications, and he has appeared on “NBC Nightly News” with Tom Brokaw.

Carroll is one of only eight advisers in the country to be named on all the “best financial planners” lists by both Worth and Money magazines. In October 2005 for the eighth time, he was included in Worth magazine’s listing of “The Nation’s 100 Most Exclusive Wealth Managers.”

As a nontraditional student, Carroll enrolled in one of Baggett’s classes while stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., with the U.S. Army.

I’m overwhelmed by Larry’s generosity and humbled by his consideration of me in making this contribution. I certainly cannot take credit for Larry’s success in the financial world. What I did—and what Austin Peay did—was provide him with the opportunity to learn and develop abilities and skills he already possessed.

- Lawrence Baggett

Nevertheless, Larry’s generosity will provide tremendous continuing benefits to Austin Peay and to the many students who will be future recipients of the scholarships.”

Donations to the Baggett-Carroll Scholarship should be sent to  University Advancement Office, APSU, Box 4417, Clarksville, TN 37044.

For more information, contact us at 931-221-7127 or

Fill out a  pledge card to make a donation.
(NOTE: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to be able to view this pledge card. If you are unable to download this file, please contact our office and we'll be happy to mail one to you.)

If you are an APSU employee and would like to donate via payroll deduction, please fill out a payroll deduction form.

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