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The Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative brings the best students to Illinois by making college more affordable. Gifts to the initiative have a direct impact on society because they enable future engineers to fuse their talent and passion with the education and skills they need to solve the world's greatest challenges.

These engineers will drive the economy, re-imagine engineering education, and bring revolutionary ideas to the world.

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We have raised $67.7 million of our $100 million goal thanks to the help of more than 1,500 donors.

Doubling Your Impact Now Until 2019

Now through the end of 2019, The Grainger Foundation will match all donations made to the College's Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative.

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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

2017 Impact Report

Gifts to the Initiative have a direct impact on society because they enable future engineers to fuse their talent and passion with the education and skills needed to solve the world's greatest challenges. Learn how the generosity of our donors impacts our amazing students in our latest impact report.


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Meet Our Students

“As a first-generation child in the United States and a first-generation college student, I want everyone to have the opportunity to learn and make their families proud.”

Karolina Urban
Civil Engineering '19

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Karolina Urban
Ponicki Sisters

“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.”

Frances Ponicki
General Engineering '19

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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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