Donor Profiles

With One Year to Go, Grainger Match Multiplies Impact of Scholarship Gifts

December 14, 2018   Those who’ve taken advantage of the Grainger Match often say it was a key part of their motivation for giving.
Ira and Debra Cohen

Cohens Give Back Because of Opportunities Illinois CS Provided, Hope Others Will Follow

November 15, 2018   Through their own scholarship support, Ira and Debra Cohen hope to help develop a culture of giving at Illinois CS. "These kids become mentors,” Ira Cohen said.
Illinois CS alum Doug MacGregor

No Straight Lines: Influential Illinois CS Professors Helped MacGregor Chart Unconventional Course

September 18, 2018   When he arrived at Illinois CS , Doug MacGregor was in a hurry to get an advanced degree and a job. But at Illinois, MacGregor found more than a path to employment.
Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor Roy H. Campbell

Campbell Builds a Track Record of Giving Back

July 27, 2018   “I certainly feel like giving back a little to Illinois just because it has given me a place to be – bring up my kids, work, do my research – that has a unique character.”
Since 2012, Sandra and John Rankin have funded a CS scholarship so that others can have the same opportunity that they had to get a college education at Illinois.

Rankins Continue Long History of Generosity to Illinois Computer Science

June 11, 2018   Since 2012, Sandra and John Rankin have funded a CS scholarship so that others can have the same opportunity that they had to get a college education at Illinois.
Susan Silver and Ross Erlebacher

Erlebacher and Silver Leverage Grainger Match To Create A Second Scholarship Fund

May 15, 2018   Illinois Computer Science graduate Ross Erlebacher and his wife, Susan Silver, have added to their longstanding ties to the University of Illinois with a new scholarship.
Google Group Product Manager Paul Nash

Paul Nash’s Path To Google Inspires Gift to Fund CS Visionary Scholarships

April 17, 2018   Before coming to Illinois, Paul Nash dreamed of working for Microsoft. His education helped make that happen. Now Nash is helping others follow their dreams with a gift to the Computer Science Visionary Scholarship Fund.
The Scott H. Fisher Computer Science Teaching Award recognizes instructors who embody an innovative spirit, dedication, and a focus on students.

Fisher’s Gift Funds Department’s First Teaching Excellence Award, Angrave Named Inaugural Recipient

March 15, 2018   The Scott H. Fisher Computer Science Teaching Award recognizes instructors who embody an innovative spirit, dedication, and a focus on students.
David Simon (BS CS '05) has found CS's hands-on, group-based project coursework "to be incredibly valuable" in the real world.

Illinois’s Practical CS Curriculum Inspires Sirius XM Radio’s Simon to Give Back

February 18, 2018   David Simon (BS CS '05) has found CS's hands-on, group-based project coursework "to be incredibly valuable" in the real world.
Amy Moore-McKee

CS Alumnae Moore-McKee Honored for Leadership, Donates Prize to Support CS Scholarships

January 11, 2018   Amy Moore-McKee won the Society of Automotive Engineers' Sid Olsen Engineering Executive of the Year Award in 2017.
Mei-Chin Tsai (PhD CS '94)

Parents’ story, impact of Grainger Foundation match inspire Mei-Chin Tsai to provide major gift to fund scholarships

December 15, 2017   Mei-Chin Tsai’s parents pushed her to focus on education. But that push came with a greater sense of urgency than most.
William Dunn (BS CS '86, MS CS '87)

William Dunn’s New Gift Matched by Grainger Foundation, Improves Access to CS @ ILLINOIS Education

October 19, 2017   Dunn recently joined a growing list of CS @ ILLINOIS graduates leveraging matching funds from the Grainger Foundation.

Gear Establishes Legacy Gift to CS

August 16, 2017   Bill Gear and his wife Ann Lee Morgan have established a bequest that will provide financial support to CS @ ILLINOIS students and/or faculty, depending on the future value of their residual estate. 
Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski pays it forward, impact doubled by Grainger Match

July 20, 2017   Marcin Kleczynski (BS CS ’12) has given a major donation to establish a named endowment supporting the Computer Science Visionary Scholarship Fund.

Richardson Gift Supports Young Women's Interest in CS

March 14, 2017   Fontaine Richardson's (PhD '68) generous support of the Gems summer camp has enabled scores of middle and high school girls to learn about computing and spur their interest in the field. 
Scott Fisher

Fisher Gift Honors Wife and Endows His Legacy

February 15, 2017   To acknowledge the critical role the University has played in his life, Scott Fisher (BS Psychology '72, MS CS '76) has committed an estate gift to establish the Scott H. and Bonita J. Fisher Endowment and leave a legacy at Illinois.
Ron Cytron

Legacy Gift Honors Friend and Enables More Student Scholarships

January 19, 2017   “The Visionary Scholars fund was a nice lever for combining my friend’s gift with additional funds to have a greater effect than the money on its own,” explained CS alumnus Ron Cytron, who envisions the scholarship aiding students who are underrepresented in computer science.
Richard T. Cheng

Alumnus Cheng’s Gift Helps Retain & Recruit Exceptional Faculty

November 1, 2016   An outstanding leader in education and business, Richard T. Cheng (MS CS '69, PhD '71), who well knows the value of outstanding faculty, has endowed a professorship in the Department of Computer Science.
Joel Poloney

Google's Corporate Match Boosts Poloney's Gift

October 1, 2016   By taking advantage of Google’s Company Match Program, Joel Poloney has directed $10,000 to help students through the Visionary Scholarship Initiative and the CS Annual Fund.
Roger Dickey (BS CS ’05)

Dickey’s Startup Company Supports Undergraduate Scholarships

March 1, 2016   A prolific software designer and entrepreneur, Roger Dickey (BS CS ’05) is supporting CS undergraduate scholarships because "the world needs more great engineers."