The Grainger College of Engineering – With Illinois: The Campaign for Illinois
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With Illinois Campaign

The Grainger College of Engineering

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

On behalf of our students, faculty, researchers, and staff, thank you for your philanthropic support. Our community of donors help our students’ dreams become a reality no matter their background, drive our research initiatives which touch all aspects of human life, and help us solve problems first. Your investment will allow us to remain leaders amongst our peers and continue our unmatched education programs and research enterprise. Every gift makes an impact at Grainger Engineering. Our over 150-year legacy of inventions and innovations, prize-winners and patents, solutions and start-ups has been bolstered by the support of our donors. You are a part of our work every day.

Thank you.

Rashid Bashir
SignatureRashid Bashir
Dean, The Grainger College of Engineering
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering

With Illinois Impact

As we mark the end of the With Illinois Campaign, The Grainger College of Engineering has been transformed by donor support.

Alma665985307 Dollars Raised

Gift Box100000000 Largest Single Gift

Puzzle Piece25489 Gifts of $100 and Under

Party151252749.48 Unrestricted Dollars Raised

Party3956 First-Time Donors

EarthDonors from 50 States and 42 Countries

With Illinois Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

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Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative

Support from alumni and friends allows the college to put our students first. Approximately 3,500 Engineering Visionary Scholarships (EVS) have been awarded to Grainger Engineers since the inception of the EVS Initiative in July 2012. Gifts to EVS of all sizes are pooled and endowed, maximizing our ability to flexibly distribute ample scholarships. Thanks to the support of our donors, larger scholarships can be distributed more consistently to students every year.

Every gift can transform the student experience. In fact, more than half of EVS gifts are under $100. Engineering Visionary Scholarships will last into perpetuity, allowing alumni and friends of the college to continue to donate to EVS funds and help generations of Grainger Engineers.


Drive World-Changing Research

As the COVID-19 pandemic developed, Professor Brian Cunningham, Intel Alumni Endowed Chair, and his team were able to pivot their research to focus on studying the COVID-19 genome and develop a portable detection tool. Professor Cunningham and his team directly benefited from donor support through his chair position which provides flexible funding for innovative research and teaching opportunities.

Our donors help our educators, researchers, and problem-solvers find solutions to the most challenging local, national, and global issues—every day. Support from our alumni and friends is vital to our ability to recruit and retain exceptional faculty, remain competitive with our peers, and bolster moonshot projects that have the potential to rapidly improve our world. Learn more.

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Transform the Student Experience

Our college community programs are designed to provide academic and co-curricular support to ensure our students reach their goals and develop academically, professionally, and personally. Our Academic Redshirt in Science and Engineering (ARISE) is one such program that is providing a community of support for our students to develop into science and engineering leaders.

“I am very grateful and appreciative to people who donate to support our student communities. With donations, you have the power to change lives for the better and that is something that should not be overlooked. ARISE has molded my college experience for the better and I cannot express with words how grateful I am.” –Dios Celin Saenz, ARISE Scholar Read more.

Dr. Nadya Mason

Recruit & Retain Top Faculty

The Rosalyn S. Yalow Professorship is the first award in the college’s history to be named in honor of a female alumna. This prestigious, inaugural appointment has been awarded to Dr. Nadya Mason, Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, physics professor, award-winning physicist, and champion for diversity in STEM.

100 years after her birth, The Grainger College of Engineering alumna and Nobel Prize Laureate will be honored for her legacy as a pioneer for women in STEM, thanks to funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation and donors to the Department of Physics Priority Fund. Read more.

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A Graduate Education with a Lifetime of Returns

The Grainger College of Engineering has consistently been recognized as a leader in engineering education. Our graduate programs offer limitless opportunities for growth, involvement, and expansion of students’ skill sets. Donor support helps make this possible.

“My fellowship was granted to me through the generous gifts of donors. I see it as an expression of faith that I, and other recipients of prestigious awards, have the potential to succeed. But it doesn’t stop there. My success means nothing if it cannot be shared with others. I will make it my goal to improve the lives of everyone in all communities, directly or indirectly through my research.” –Fred Choi, Fellowship Recipient

With Illinois Moments

Take a look at a few of the moments that have shaped the culture and character of The Grainger College of Engineering during the With Illinois Campaign.

Beckman Institute

In 2021, IBM and Grainger Engineering announced a plan to launch a large-scale collaboration designed to increase access to technology education and skill development, and technological breakthroughs. Read more.

Exterior View of the Campus Instructional Facility

The Campus Instructional Facility was completed in 2021. Classes from throughout the college and campus are held inside CIF, with a special emphasis on active-learning spaces, distance-learning environments, and cutting-edge innovation technology. Read more.

The Dean with Students Holding "Thank You" Sign

The College of Engineering became The Grainger College of Engineering in 2019 in recognition of a $100 million gift and more than $300 million in total support from The Grainger Foundation. Read more.

Rockets at the Engineering Open House

We celebrated 100 years of Engineering Open House! The first Engineering Open House was in 1920, and it is now an integral part of the Grainger Engineering experience. Read more.

COVID19 Wall of Recognition in Engineering

In late 2020, The Grainger College of Engineering asked its faculty and staff to nominate people who had gone “above and beyond” in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Arial View of Bardeen Quad

Over the past five years, faculty in The Grainger College of Engineering has earned 72 NSF CAREER Awards, the highest of any U.S. college of engineering. The total includes 15 awards in 2021. Read more.

Continue Your Support

Your continued support ensures The Grainger College of Engineering remains a place where progress and innovation can flourish. Find your passion and help us dream even bigger!

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Philanthropy has benefited students, faculty, and staff in many ways. Browse the list below to learn more about how the With Illinois Campaign’s impact can be felt across campus.