What is the E Fund?


The Excellence Fund is the fund-raising organization for ETSU Athletics. Gifts to the Excellence Fund are tax deductible and work to provide the finest level of education, training and care for every student-athlete wearing Blue & Gold. The Excellence Fund has been known by other names through the years, most notably the organization was known as the Pirate Club and BASA (Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association). While the mission remains consistent, the Excellence Fund will be holistic in nature focusing on a host of student-athlete needs. Those needs are specifically listed below.


ETSU Athletic Department Funding Model & Student-Athlete Support Priorities

  • Scholarships
  • Academic Support
  • Travel
  • Equipment
  • Training
  • Medical Treatment & Insurance
  • Recruiting
  • Operations
  • Facilities
  • Maintenance


What a Scholarship Costs (based on 2014-15 statistics)

ETSU Scholarship Costs



Tuition & Fees
















Donations to East Tennessee State Athletics are the life blood of the program that supports over 350 young men and women competing in 17 sports. Your gifts are the winning edge for ETSU student-athletes as they compete every day for success in the classroom and the championship arena. It is our hope that with your help, each young man and woman wearing Blue & Gold will have an opportunity to win championships during their playing career and when their eligibility at ETSU concludes, it will do so as they wear the most important uniform of their life, “the cap and gown of graduation.”