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Five years ago, Illinois Engineering, in partnership with The Grainger Foundation, launched an ambitious initiative to raise $100 million in endowment support with a special emphasis on unrestricted scholarships. The Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative has since paved the way for hundreds of deserving students to make their dreams of becoming an engineer a reality.

The Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative attracts the brightest students, ensures a diverse and talented class, and helps reduce debt. We place a particular focus on highly qualified students from the State of Illinois. Your gift is the catalyst for access to education, for nurturing ambition, and for turning students’ passions into possibilities. Your investment changes lives.

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We have raised $80.7 million of our $100 million goal thanks to the help of more than 2,000 donors.

Doubling Your Impact Now Until 2019

Through the end of 2019, all gifts made to the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $25 million.

The Grainger Foundation, a longtime supporter of our college, is providing this matching opportunity. So far, The Grainger Foundation has matched more than $10.7 million in gifts. The Grainger Matching Challenge is a tremendous boost to our progress towards the goal of making our top engineering program more affordable for students.

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"I knew about The Grainger Matching Challenge and knew I wanted to take advantage of it. What tipped me over the edge was that my employer, Motorola, participated in Giving Tuesday and offered an additional 50 percent matching opportunity. Combining everything tripled what my contribution would have been alone, and that felt so meaningful."

Katherine Coles
Electrical Engineering '09

2018 Impact Report

Through your generosity, we can ensure our doors are open to the most deserving scholars, who will leave us better equipped to solve tomorrow’s grand challenges.

$4.7 million in scholarships awarded during the 2017-2018 academic year.

1,800+ donors have supported the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative to date.

1 in 3 scholarship recipients were from underrepresented populations.

276 women received scholarships during the 2017-2018 academic year.

32% of scholarship recipients were the first in their family to attend college.


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Meet Our Students


“I want to make my impact on the world by working for a company that creates biomedical devices and helps people who have trouble just living life every day.”

Melina Megaridis
Bioengineering '19

Meet Melina


“Most of my free time is spent giving back to the community to help other underrepresented minorities get interested in engineering. I hope to teach them that engineering is for everyone.”

Eliza Wright
Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering '20

Meet Eliza

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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.

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About EVS

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.

55% increase in the number of women in the freshman class

55% increase in the number of under-represented minority students in the freshman class

6 times more first-generation college students offered scholarships than in 2012

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