$25 million matching
for Engineering at
Now through the end of 2019, The Grainger Foundation will match all donations up to $25 million to Engineering at Illinois' scholarship endowments. The opportunity to improve the quality, diversity, and global influence of our undergraduate students has never been greater.
Since the Initiative's launch, the number of women in Engineering at Illinois' freshman class risen by about 55 percent, as have the number of under-represented minority students. Six times more first-generation college students are offered scholarships than in 2012.
$25 million is a lot of money to be raised in a relatively short amount of time. But it is a challenge we can and will meet with your help!
Matching Challenge from The Grainger Foundation will match all engineering scholarship endowment gifts up to $25 million
Now through the end of 2019, The Grainger Foundation will match all donations made to the College's Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative.
An anonymous donor has already given a new $1 million gift to the initiative, which will be matched immediately.
"This is an amazing opportunity, and it's a great time for our alumni and friends to step up. Our supporters have always been tremendously generous. Now we can double the impact of that generosity."
Dean, Engineering at Illinois
Meet Our Students
“I enjoy the multidisciplinary approach to my education, as I am able to see the bigger picture of how industry works in the real world.”
Electrical Engineering '17
“Being at U of I isn't something that we take for granted. This is a huge opportunitiy for us and the EVS scholarship made it possible.”
General Engineering '19
the Next Generation
Life-changing scholarships are an expensive yet worthwhile proposition, and we know not everyone can afford to establish a scholarship like this on their own. Here is what we do know:
- We have raised $52 million of our $100 million dollar goal thanks to the help from our generous alumni and friends.
- Support is greater in numbers. More than 1,200 donors have given to this initiative.
- This initiative has created over 500 additional scholarships for our most deserving undergraduate students.
- We have increased the amount of scholarships awarded by 40%.
We have raised $52 million of our $100 million goal thanks to the help of more than 1,200 donors.
The Grainger Foundation's Commitment
The Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative was established in 2013 with the help of a $30 million gift from the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative. The Grainger Foundation's generous support is at the heart of this initiative because it is a testament to their beliefs of how access to higher education can transform lives.
With the help of their gift, we are one step closer to establishing large, renewable scholarships to help students choose Illinois over a competing offer, and to help make college more affordable for students and their families.
Scholarships work. They bring amazing engineers to Illinois.
In particular, when donors give to the Engineering Visionary Scholarship fund, the flexibility of this support allows the College to offer scholarships strategically, based on where the most merit and need lies among our students.
Since established in 2013, there has been a direct correlation between an increase in enrollment numbers and additional scholarships offers to students.