Why Give?

Supporting the Problem Solvers of Tomorrow

Engineering a better world is a theme at Rensselaer, and our students have the skills and creativity to make it happen.

They immerse themselves in research and study, excited about the possibilities of using their expertise to address issues of sustainability, energy, safety and other grand challenges facing humanity.

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  • There are many ways to give to the School of Engineering.


    Contact us directly to answer your questions.

    Richard Graw
    Chief Advancement Officer
    School of Engineering

    By Mail

    Make check payable to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Enclose a response card from the School of Engineering or make a note in the memo section of the check as to where you would like your money directed. Mail to:

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Gift Processing Center
    P.O. Box 3164
    Boston MA 02241

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  • Endowed Scholarships

    For students excited about the potential of technology, there's no better place to learn and explore than Rensselaer's School of Engineering. The School offers a rare combination of high-quality scholarship, wide-ranging opportunities and the chance to make a difference globally.

    Every year, the School of Engineering attracts some of the brightest applicants worldwide. From this gifted pool, we admit those who show promise to the Rensselaer community and the world at large: a combination of proven intellect, outstanding leadership potential, and well-rounded ability. Once these remarkable students are identified, the School makes every effort to insure that Rensselaer is a superior and affordable choice for their future.

    For many students, scholarship support from the School makes a critical difference in their decision to attend Rensselaer. Sometimes scholarships encourage students from other geographic regions to apply and study in Troy. Other times, scholarships make the pursuit of a Rensselaer Engineering degree financially possible. Most importantly, scholarships provide a ringing endorsement of the School's confidence in an applicant.

    Scholarship Support is Important

    Scholarships help students make the most of their time in the School of Engineering. Not only do scholarships reward serious study and academic achievement, they also encourage students to take on new challenges and push past old limits. Students develop a sense of pride earned through accomplishment and often establish an early commitment to civic service.
    Scholars come to Rensselaer for its outstanding academic reputation, legacy of impact, and enormous breadth of learning opportunities. By helping with their educational expenses, scholarships allow students to take advantage of these benefits without accumulating large debt burdens. Freed from financial distractions, students can focus on their education with all the energy and attention this life-shaping endeavor deserves.

    At the same time, scholarships play an important role in emphasizing a sense of public duty that is integral to the field of Engineering. In conversations with Rensselaer alumni, scholarship recipients overwhelmingly cite the impact of having an early benefactor in their education and career as a reason for later wanting to multiply the benefit. Scholarships are meaningful gifts that not only make an immediate impact on the recipient's education but also establish a lasting relationship between the student and society.

    Endowing a Legacy

    A named scholarship can be established with a minimum gift of $250,000, payable over one to five years. This gift generates distributions of approximately five percent annually that provide expendable funds for scholarship awards.

    The scholarship may be named as the donor appropriately desires, and recipients will carry that name for the duration of their award.

    To establish a named scholarship, the donor and the University sign an agreement specifying the donor's intent, the gift payment schedule and acceptable criteria for selecting scholarship recipients. While unrestricted scholarships are preferred and offer the greatest flexibility to the School, a donor may specify certain preferences for award criteria.
    For more information please call Richard Graw, School of Engineering Chief Advancement Officer, at 518-276-4868 or email him at grawr@rpi.edu