Giving

Why Your Support Is So Important

A CS @ ILLINOIS degree is a powerful credential and has positioned thousands of alumni for tremendous success. Illinois is committed to offering an excellent education, delivered by world-class faculty, in the most technologically advanced classrooms and labs, and providing an environment that is both interactive and collaborative, and that establishes relationship networks which benefit CS Illini for a lifetime.

State support for higher education has diminished from nearly 50% in the early 1980s to just 19% now. As a result, the philanthropic support of our alumni and friends has become increasingly crucial. Not only does your financial support enable us to provide more scholarships, fellowships, and outreach activities, but alumni giving also functions as a measure of the department's strength and impacts our standings in the national rankings.

Where We Need Your Help: Funding Priorities

We want our alumni and friends not only to feel good about the gifts they give but also to experience the impact these gifts have in the lives of our students and their families. We want to be as transparent as possible in presenting what funding opportunities are available and how your gifts make a difference.

The Computer Science Annual Fund
Gifts to the CS Annual Fund are used strategically in two ways:

  • to support ongoing programmatic priorities such as student-alumni networking and recruiting opportunities, and funding for our outreach activities
  • to provide seed money for innovations and unique opportunities that come up unexpectedly.

In 2013, CS assumed responsibility for the GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math & Science) Camp for middle-school-aged girls. The program encourages girls to consider STEM careers, gives them confidence in using authentic computer tools for math and science, increases their higher level thinking skills, and inspires them to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school and college. This camp was provided at no cost to the participants.

The department also hosted several events on campus and in locations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City, to build key connections between current students and alumni and between students and potential employers.

Gifts through the CS Annual Fund enable us to make sustainable investments in key programmatic areas like these. Please support the CS Annual Fund today.

CS Visionary Scholarship Fund
CS continues to draw students who represent the best of Illinois and the nation. However, we are losing some of these top students—from all backgrounds and financial situations—due to a lack of scholarships. We need help from our alumni, friends, and corporate partners to help CS @ ILLINOIS ensure that cost alone does not put an Illinois education out of reach.

The department is actively building its scholarship endowment to increase both the number of scholarships and the amount of financial support that can be offered. We need to be able to provide larger scholarships to more students. Please support the CS Visionary Scholarship Fund today.

Naming Opportunities and Special Projects
The Department also has several giving opportunities to support faculty through named chairs and professorships, named graduate fellowships and scholarships, and sponsored research and technology projects that foster curricular innovation.

For more information ways your support can make a difference, please contact Michelle Wellens, Director of Advancement, by email (mwellens [at] illinois [dot] edu (subject: CS%40ILLINOIS%20Giving%20Inquiry) ) or phone: 217-244-2598.