Special Opportunities


West Entrance Project

Recognizing the need to match the College’s physical image with its growing national reputation, the College’s Board of Trustees voted enthusiastically in the spring of 2010 to begin the silent phase of the project campaign for the College’s West Entrance, a proposed gateway to the campus that will broaden campus attention and appeal to prospective students who are considering Barton College and to all who visit Wilson. The overall project goal is estimated at $1.5 million with over $1 million already raised through gifts and pledges. The College’s Board of Trustees and the Alumni Board have eagerly endorsed the project with significant gifts to date toward the new West Entrance.

As the lead project for Phase I of the College’s Master Plan, the new West Entrance will create an impressive statement of collegiate quality for the campus and community. The new West Entrance will open onto a dramatic vista of the campus highlighting the Centennial Alumni Bell Tower and the Campus Green. In addition, the new entrance will provide a more scenic streetscape for this major artery of the city and will provide a safer traffic environment for students and citizens of Wilson. The campus entrance project will also include improvements to the interior of the campus leading to and including the Campus Green, the heart of activity for Barton students.

Kennedy Family Theatre

In 2009, the Kennedy Family Theatre opened at Barton College. This new facility provides Barton, the Wilson community, and the eastern North Carolina region with a premiere teaching facility for the dramatic arts, as well as an excellent environment for entertainment and performances on a broad scope. This flexible and functional black box theatre is easily adaptable for theatre, dance, symphony, concerts, opera performances, and lectures. Naming opportunities are still available.

As we launch the new musical theatre concentration, we need to continue to outfit the theatre space and to provide specific support for programming. Donors and friends of the College, Sara Lynn and K.D. Kennedy Jr. have offered a two-for-one match on all gifts to Theatre at Barton College, which triples the value of your gift!

Additional naming opportunities exist in this dynamic and unique facility. Your gift to the Kennedy Family Theatre will not only be an investment in a performing arts facility that is enhancing cultural arts opportunities in eastern North Carolina, but will also be an investment in the lives many young actors who will discover themselves on stage.

Musical Theatre Concentration
Promenade (Walkway between East and South Terrace)
Dressing Room I
Dressing Room II
Lighting Instrument Room


Endowed Scholarships

The minimum for establishing an endowed scholarship at Barton is $20,000. The donor has the unique opportunity to design the scholarship in a way that best fits his/her personal interests and priorities. In normal economic times, the College draws five percent from our scholarship endowments to fund annual scholarship awards. This draw is governed by the Board of Trustees policy in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Annually Funded Scholarships

Establishing an annually funded scholarship is an option for donors who want to support student scholarship but are unable to make the upfront gift required to endow one. Rather than draw against endowed funds, the donor commits to making an annual gift in order to fund the scholarship while retaining the unique opportunity to design it in a way that best fits his/her personal interests and priorities. In order to provide an award sufficient to be of significant assistance to a student with their studies, a minimum annual gift of $500 is required.