We Lead the Way Together

With Illinois is our most ambitious fundraising campaign to date and supports our bold vision for the future. Your support of our campaign priorities builds a brighter future for Grainger Engineers, help us find solutions to the world’s toughest challenges through groundbreaking research, and increases infrastructure that cultivates innovation and community. Together, we will:

The research enterprise of The Grainger College of Engineering, driven by our faculty, staff, and students, has transformed the world. We are committed to growing and diversifying our research programs, and therefore our impact. Our approach will be consistent with our values. Even as we leverage our scale and celebrate excellence in basic research, we will renew our commitment to corporate and external partnerships to translate research, advance society, improve the human condition and drive economic growth.

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Leveraging our globally recognized leadership in engineering education and passion for impact, Grainger Engineering is strengthening existing programs and is expanding creativity in original pedagogy, curriculum design and learning technologies.

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The Grainger College of Engineering has long embraced the importance of a respectful, diverse and inclusive community. However, we will ensure that diversity, equity, access and inclusion are core values of the college and its constituents. Our success in promoting these values, using quantitative analytics, will lead to recognition by our community, our peers and stakeholders and accelerate our excellence.

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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. With Illinois, amazing young people become incredible engineers.

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See the impact of gifts in action...







Our Philanthropic Community


total number of unique donors



distinct donors reside in Illinois


nearly half of our gifts were $100 or less



reside outside of Illinois in the USA


1,630 gifts were $25,000 or more



donors reside outside of the USA

Why are we The Grainger College of Engineering?

“The Grainger Foundation’s legacy can be seen across our campus. They have invested in our outstanding students, brilliant faculty, groundbreaking research, and capital projects to support our unmatched innovation. Their generosity is transforming engineering education, creating opportunities for generations of students and future leaders, and advancing our researchers’ abilities to impact the world. The Grainger Foundation’s over $300 million in support, is an investment in our bold vision for the future and we are grateful that they have entrusted us with this gift.”

Rashid Bashir, Dean
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering

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Vanessa Blas

Systems Engineering, 2023

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Receiving this scholarship inspires me to pay it forward. In the future I hope to create a non-profit organization and help bring advancing technologies to low-income community schools.

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Ryan Lake

Civil Engineering, 2022

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

I really appreciate my scholarship support because it gives me the opportunity and motivation to work harder on how transportation systems can be reimagined in the future. My dream job is to work on transportation projects and have the opportunity to use sustainable and green infrastructure at every point possible.

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Adam Zuiker

Mechanical Engineering, 2024

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Not only did [the scholarship] allow me to attend one of the nation's top engineering programs for significantly less than other schools, but it made me feel like Grainger Engineering really wanted me and everything I could offer.

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Amanda Loutris

Materials Science and Engineering, 2022

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

I wanted to become an engineer to help develop solutions to our climate crisis. I chose materials science so that I can be at the forefront of research pertaining to advanced energy technology such as hybrid and organic solar cells.

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Robin De Lara

Grainger Engineer, 2022

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

I wanted to become an engineer simply because I wanted to help the world. Engineers are the ultimate agents of help through science and technology and I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

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Savannah Goodman

Grainger Engineer, 2014

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Alumna

My scholarship helped fund my international travel to Uganda, which incited my passion for global energy access and has led me to pursue a career focused on distributed energy resources and microgrids. 

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Dana Yun

Grainger Engineer, 2022

  • Engineering Visionary Scholarship Recipient

Having my tuition partially taken care of has been a great relief from the stress we have been living in. With all the stresses my family has been dealing with, this is one area that we don't have to worry about.

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