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Make an Immediate Difference for Rensselaer Students

Now, more than ever, the world needs Rensselaer — our innovative faculty, dynamic students, and fearless alumni who continue to change the world. Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers, research scientists, inventors, innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Your gift today will help us invest in and empower their future success.

Today, you can make a difference by making a gift to an area of greatest need.

Rensselaer Annual Fund (where the need is greatest)

The Rensselaer Annual Fund helps to provide a world-class educational experience to our students. Gifts to the Annual Fund help ensure that our students get the support they need in order to meet the nation’s growing and evolving need for scientific, innovative, and technical talent. Annual Fund donations help our students to accomplish the following:

  • Benefit from scholarship support, helping to “bridge the gap” between what families pay and the overall cost of the Rensselaer experience
  • Experience a world-class undergraduate education of undisputed intellectual rigor
  • Participate in award-winning student programming
  • Take part in undergraduate research, internship, and study abroad programs
  • Collaborate with our talented and dedicated faculty

Student Scholarship

One of the most personal and lasting ways to make a difference in the lives of Rensselaer students is with a gift of scholarship support. The Rensselaer Annual Fund Scholars Program provides opportunities for alumni, parents, and friends to support scholarship for multiple Rensselaer students.

Undergraduate Student Relief Fund

This is an emergency fund for Rensselaer students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer. This fund supports current undergraduate students whose financial situation has abruptly changed in a manner which may impede their continued enrollment at Rensselaer. The Undergraduate Student Relief Fund provides one-time grants to undergraduate students in immediate need, for things like emergency travel expenses, medical bills not covered by insurance, or replacement costs for essential academic supplies or personal items.

Graduate Student Relief Fund

Similar to the Undergraduate Student Relief Fund, this emergency fund provides needed assistance to graduate students who face unexpected expenses that could jeopardize their success at Rensselaer.

Class of 2022 Senior Class Gift

This year the Class of 2022 has chosen to support the Student Relief Fund as their senior class gift!

Diversity Initiative Fund

Rensselaer remains dedicated to educating future generations of leaders to address the challenges facing our world. In order to do this, we must attract, enroll, and retain the most talented students, regardless of socioeconomic background. The Diversity Initiative Fund supports initiatives focused on the recruitment of diverse populations of prospective students. The fund ensures visitation opportunities and continues recruiting for diverse populations of prospective students through the Office of Admissions so those students can experience first-hand all that a Rensselaer education has to offer.

Bridge Scholars Program Fund

For over 30 years the Bridge Scholars Program has allowed entering students to participate in rigorous academic instruction and to develop the skills necessary for academic and personal success at Rensselaer. Help us continue the tradition of providing an exemplary Rensselaer education to talented under represented students.

NRB Grants

Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond (NRB) provides opportunities for incoming first-year students to meet their classmates and bond through different overnight trips around the region. With your support, many students who are unable to cover the out-of-pocket cost of these trips will be able to experience this fun and enjoyable opportunity as they begin their undergraduate career.

I-PERSIST Mentor Program

A collaboration between the School of Science and Division of Student Life, this program is designed for first-year students registered for Calculus I, Chemistry I or Physics I during the fall semester of their first year at RPI. Students are assigned into small groups, and sessions are run by an undergraduate student mentor, with a focus on skill-building and subject-specific academic support.

Turn Your State or Country RPi Red by Making a Gift!
Rank State Gifts
1 NY 28
2 CT 9
3 TX 8
Digits of Pi Challenge
If we reach 314 gifts, $25,000 will be unlocked for the Rensselaer Annual Fund (area of greatest need), thanks to an anonymous challenger.
314 / 314 Gifts
Paula Simon ’68 2Rπ Day Match
Longtime giving day supporter Paula Simon ’68 will match all gifts to the area of greatest need and the school annual funds, up to $10,000.
$10,000 MATCHED
Lou Bellardo ’67 Power Half Hour
If 31 donors make a gift between 11 and 11:31 a.m. EDT, $3,100 will be unlocked for the Annual Fund, courtesy of Annual Giving Leadership Council member and Pi Day enthusiast Lou Bellardo ’67!
31 / 31 Gifts
Nick Pinchuk ’68 “Double Your Impact” Donor Challenge
If we reach our goal of 628 gifts total, $25,000 will be unlocked for the area of greatest need, thanks to longtime giving day donor Nick Pinchuk ’68.
628 / 628 Gifts
Diane Ozovek Howard ’82 Annual Fund Match
Anyone who makes a gift to the Rensselaer Annual Fund from 3 p.m. – 3 a.m. EDT will be matched up to $5,000, courtesy of Diane Ozovek Howard ’82, Chair, Annual Giving Leadership Council.
$5,000 MATCHED
Rensselaer Parent Match
Any current Rensselaer parent who makes a gift to the Rensselaer Annual Fund (area of greatest need) on 2Rπ Day will have their gift matched, up to $5,000, thanks to an anonymous donor.
$5,000 MATCHED
Who supports 2Rπ Day?
Check back throughout the day to see which group has the most 2Rπ Day donors!
Please choose your affiliation(s) with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Alumnus or Alumna 592
2 Parent of a Current Student 47
3 Parent of a Former Student 43
4 Faculty or Staff Member 32
5 Friend 22
6 Current Student 20
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