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Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative

Investing In The Next Generation



Thank you to the 2,475 alumni & friends who gave $100 million in contributions to support our Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative.

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2019 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.

$5 Million in scholarships awarded during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Of the 845 future engineers:

  • 32% were first generation college students
  • 28% were from under-represented populations
  • 34% were women

The percentage of women attending The Grainger College of Engineering increased 47% since the EVS Initiative began in 2013

Nearly 40% more students were from under-represented populations in the 2018 freshman class than in 2013

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The Grainger Foundation's Commitment

The Grainger College of Engineering is named in honor of distinguished alumnus William W. Grainger, who founded the industrial supply company W. W. Grainger in 1927. Totaling more than $300 million, our support from The Grainger Foundation is the most ever given to a public university to name a college of engineering. This investment in the college’s bold vision creates opportunities for thousands of our students, faculty, and researchers. It can be seen across our engineering campus—in the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Everitt Laboratory, the Grainger Library and Information Center, the Grainger Chair in Electrical Engineering, and an endowment in support of engineering research.

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Eliza Wright

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, ’20

“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.”

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Sam Dotson

Engineering Physics, ’19

“I worked really hard in my first two years at community college and it was nice to receive recognition for my effort through the Engineering Visionary Scholarship.”

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