Scholarships provide donors a wonderful opportunity to create a legacy while supporting students. These awards can be made to students in the name of the donor or a person the donor wishes to honor in a meaningful way. Scholarships have been established by individuals, families, friends, and even corporate entities for occasions that include birthdays, anniversaries, career achievements, and special thank you messages. Donors wishing to support undergraduate students have a variety of options, ranging from $1,000 one-time or annual scholarships, to endowed scholarships with a minimum gift of $25,000 (payable over five years).
Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships
Like undergraduate scholarships, graduate student fellowships and assistantships recognize the scholarly and research accomplishments of our graduate students. The College of Education currently hosts the largest enrollment of graduate students among the university’s 14 academic colleges and schools, so this support is vital in supporting these students’ work. Merit-based fellowship contributions can be through a one-time or annual contribution of $1,000, or endowments beginning at $100,000 (payable over five years).
A named endowed professorship honors the donor and assists academic departments by providing the resources necessary to provide an appropriate level of support for faculty. They also aid in recruiting and retaining high-quality professors. Endowed professorships are naming opportunities and can carry the names of the donor(s) or someone they wish to honor. Endowed named professorships provide salary supplements to existing salaried position professors. These supplements may also be used to supplement travel and research expenses.
Additional Endowment Opportunities
A wide variety of other endowment opportunities exist, with varying giving levels, that can support needs at the college, departmental and program level, or needs among faculty, researchers, administrators, and students.