Annual gifts are a type of current funding that provides an important source of operational revenue. They are usually used in the year they are received and can support day-to-day needs, making an immediate impact on the lives of students and faculty. Growing annual giving is a top priority for the University.
Departmental Unrestricted Fund
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Scholarships are essential to the success of our students, most of whom are unable to afford attending the College of Engineering without this kind of support. Students who receive scholarship support find they can devote more time to their studies and become involved in other meaningful activities that will significantly enhance their college experience and professional development.
The College offers scholarships, based on merit or need, open to students majoring in any of the engineering disciplines. Scholarship contributions can be made as outright gifts and immediately spent or can be used to create an endowment to provide perpetual support.
College of Engineering Dean’s Merit Scholarship: A gift in any amount provides scholarship support to any Engineering student. Gifts to this fund are unrestricted and provide the College with the greatest flexibility for awarding scholarships.
Engineering Annual Merit Scholarship: A gift of $2,500 or more provides a one-time, named scholarship to an Engineering student(s), based on need or merit. Donors would be able to designate the scholarship in their name or in honor or another individual and would receive a note from their recipient(s). Donors may be able to designate some criteria for this scholarship, such as a specific engineering discipline.
Named Endowed Scholarship: A gift of $25,000 or more provides perpetual support to an Engineering student(s), based on need or merit. Donations form the principal of an endowed fund and are invested in the endowment pool. A portion of the interest is awarded yearly as a scholarship. Donors may be able to designate some criteria for this scholarship, such as a specific engineering discipline. Endowed scholarships create a lasting legacy at UIC for the person who creates it.
Named Chair: A gift of $2,000,000 or more provides the highest honor the University can confer on prominent faculty members. Endowed chairs help attract and retain brilliant scholars. By providing dedicated resources for innovative research and teaching opportunities, endowed chairs enable the most gifted faculty members and administrators to excel in their scholarly activities.
- Provides support to a faculty chair holder under current governing policies and procedures of the University and Campus
- May be used for retention and recruitment
- May include expenses directly related to the chair
- For College positions, the Dean may select the chair subject to the approval of the appropriate University officials and the Board of Trustees; Campus-wide chairs may be selected by the Provost subject to the approval of the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees.
Named Professorship: A gift of $250,000 or more provides a faculty member with a named professorship. Named professorships allow the University to recruit promising researchers and teachers from around the world and encourage them to expand their careers at Illinois.
- Provides support to a faculty professorship holder under current governing policies and procedures of the University and Campus
- May be used for faculty support, awards, retention or recruitment
- May include expenses directly related to the professorship
- For College positions, the Dean may select the professor subject to the approval of the appropriate University officials and the Board of Trustees; Campus-wide professors may be selected by the Provost subject to the approval of the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees.
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Minority Engineering Recruitment and Retention Program:
Women in Engineering Program: