Gifts from alumni and friends can provide important discretionary funds to supplement the School of Engineering’s budget. Contributions that are not tied to a specific purpose (unrestricted gifts) give us the flexibility to meet unexpected expenses, provide for needs beyond State allocations, and take advantage of strategic opportunities. Unrestricted annual gifts may be designated to support the following academic areas:
One of the most important contributions you can make is to assist in the education of a student. The School of Engineering has fewer than 20 scholarships available for use in recruiting highly qualified students who have financial need, including female and minority students. In a recent study done by SIUE’s admissions office, scholarship offers from other institutions was given as a primary reason for students to enroll elsewhere. Many of those students who do enroll at SIUE either take on too many work hours so they can earn enough money to pay their next tuition bill, or take on increasingly larger amounts of debt. Students who work long hours while attempting a full course load often find the demands too great. Those who borrow money are often turning to private loans with high interest rates, and are graduating with an average debt of $17,000.
The School seeks both annual and endowed scholarships that provide deserving students scholarship support as long as they maintain good academic standing. The School seeks to offer a combination of need-based and merit scholarships to provide opportunity to all students who can benefit from an SIUE education. You can make a difference in the lives of future engineers, construction managers and computer professionals by making a gift to an existing scholarship fund or by establishing a new scholarship.
Support for Student Programs
Collegiate student groups and competitions are invaluable resources in which students can relate classroom learning to practical applications they may experience in their future careers. Students gain not only relevant technical knowledge, but also communication, team work and leadership skills while participating in these activities.
There are over 20 student groups and design teams within the School of Engineering. The members of these groups and teams dedicate hundreds of hours preparing for and taking part in various competitions such as; mini-baja, solar car, formula car, robotics, steel bridge and concrete canoe and various other design/build projects. Although the students have been working with limited resources, they have accomplished outstanding results. Six of our student groups were awarded first and second place finishes in a myriad of different competitions in 2009. The excellence of our student projects has been a catalyst to attract many able students to the School of Engineering.
The School hopes to enable our students with even more potential to compete on national and international levels. Removing the need for student groups to raise funds to build their projects and travel to competitions will allow them to apply more time directly to their projects, increasing the quality of the finished product. Skills gained while participating in student group projects cannot be taught in the classroom, and further empower our students to succeed in their careers.