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We Lead the Way Together

With Illinois is our most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. Our goal of raising $550 million will support our campaign priorities and build a brighter future for Grainger Engineers. By sharing in our bold vision, your investment in our outstanding students and faculty will help us find solutions to the world’s toughest challenges through groundbreaking research, as well as increase infrastructure that cultivates innovation and community. Your unrestricted support will also allow us to respond to the most pressing needs.

We set extraordinary minds free to solve our world's most important challenges. Your support is essential to ensuring that Illinois continues to set a global standard for engineering research and education.

With Illinois, you can help us to lead the way on each of our priorities:

Together, we give the brightest minds an opportunity to thrive. The Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative makes an Illinois education accessible to the most-deserving and highest-achieving students. Now through the end of 2019, The Grainger Foundation will match all donations up to $25 Million to the Grainger College of Engineering's scholarship endowments. With Illinois, amazing young people become incredible engineers.

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Together, we do the impossible every day. We envision a future in which new solutions from our best engineers bring nuclear and cyber security, global access to clean water, cures and treatments for diseases, effective health care, and a sustainable environment. We make this possible by building state-of-the-art learning spaces and labs to cultivate breakthrough research and innovation. Strategic investments in our faculty and facilities allow us to recruit and retain the brightest minds. With Illinois, we are tackling the toughest challenges.

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Together, we aggressively drive the economy. We create opportunities to bring innovations to market through our Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows program. The Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship program expands these offerings and integrates them into every student's experience. We are building the Chicago tech pipeline with a new City Scholars internship program. With Illinois, new industries are defined, and new economic powerhouses are built.

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Together, we ensure our engineers are ready for the world. We connect faculty and students to the most innovative teaching and learning methods through the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3). Beginning on day one, every student learns the power of interdisciplinary thinking through programs like the Grainger Engineering First-Year Experience. The Academic Redshirt in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program provides point-of-entry opportunities for top students from educationally underserved backgrounds. The world is changing, and it's changing fast. With Illinois, the best engineers are prepared.

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So far, we've raised $533.3 Million of our $550 Million campaign goal thanks to the help of over 11,000 alumni and friends!
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Campaign Progress Report

Arielle Gross

Materials Science and Engineering, '11

"The democratization of education to produce better problem solvers is a noble concept. Many institutions benefit from private donations, which when put to effective use, create invaluable opportunities. If my scholarship fund can help more students launch effective careers and add value to society, that is a meaningful outcome for me."

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Lauren Schissler

Civil Engineering, '22

“I am very thankful to receive financial assistance to attend Illinois Engineering. As a student here, I plan to pay it forward by being welcoming to all students to help create a positive community. Once I have achieved success and have financial resources of my own, I hope to be able to give someone else the same opportunities that I have at Illinois by potentially becoming a donor myself. I would be honored to help a deserving person attend Illinois Engineering, opening up a world of possibilities.”

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