Where the need is greatest
Annual gifts are essential to running the College of Engineering, as they can be used to support the areas of greatest need.
The Wright Engineering Access Scholarship
VCU Engineering’s flagship scholarship program gives need- and merit-based awards to a wide range of students, including nontraditional students and community college transfers. For many Wright Scholars, this award means being able to focus exclusively on academics without having to take on part-time jobs. When combined with internships and co-ops, this program can reduce — and even eliminate — the need for student loans.
Each year, about 40 hardworking VCU College of Engineering students end up putting their education on hold because they can’t pay their tuition balances. These balances range from $100 to $10,000.
You can help.
VCU Engineering’s Completion Grant Fund helps students in need cross the finish line to a high-value degree and great employment opportunities. In fact, Ram Engineers have a nearly 100 percent job placement rate after graduation. And most of our graduates make their careers in Virginia, so their success also contributes to the commonwealth’s prosperity.
Your gift at any level to the Completion Grant Fund will help a dedicated student complete their education. The amount needed to help about 80 students stay in school and finish their engineering degrees over the next two years is less than $200,000.
Together we can do this. A future engineer’s dream is almost within reach. Let’s help that student grasp it — and start building the future.
VCU Engineering Departments
Biomedical Engineering specialties include biomaterials, cell and tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, mechanobiology of disease, immunoengineering, novel biomedical imaging and rehabilitation engineering.
Chemical and Life Science Engineering specialties include pharmaceutical engineering, the development of chemicals and biologics, stem cell engineering, nanotechnology, materials science, systems biology and energy technology.
Computer Science specialties include machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, robotics, bioinformatics, natural language processing, virtual reality, software engineering, data mining, high performance and cloud computing.
Electrical and Computer Engineering specialties include autonomous vehicles, robotics hardware, medical devices, cyber-physical systems, drones, wearable devices, smart technologies, controls, electronic design and nanoelectronics.
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering specialties include vehicle design, advanced manufacturing, robotics design, magnetics, fluid mechanics, mechanobiology, aerosol technologies, surface engineering, nuclear energy and nuclear medicine.
Engineering Research Building
The VCU Board of Visitors has approved the following naming opportunities for the Engineering Research Building:
|Engineering Research Building||Gift Amount: $20 million|
|Collaboration Hub||Gift Amount: $5 Million|
|Innovation Maker Facility||Gift amount: $2 million|
|Innovation Plaza||Gift amount: $2 million|
|Innovation Courtyard||Gift amount: $2 million|
|Meeting Steps||Gift amount: $1 million|
|Multipurpose Room||Gift amount: $500,000|
|Innovation Maker Facility Rooms||Gift amount: $100,000-$250,000 (4)|
|Research Labs||Gift amount: $100,000 ea.|
|Career Services Sponsor Board||Gift amount: $50,000 (20)|
|Office Spaces||Gift amount: $25,000-$50,000 ea.|
Provide for yourself, your loved ones, and VCU. Many of us wish we were able to do more to express support for the organizations that mean the most to us. Planned giving, which includes financial and estate planning, allows you to express support without parting with the assets necessary to take care of yourself and your family. Planned giving instruments include bequests and charitable gift annuities which offer tax advantages to you or your heirs. A decision to make a planned gift, such as a bequest, must be carefully considered within the context of your goals, family, values, age, charitable interests, assets and giving capacity.
If you would to discuss a planned gift to the College of Engineering please contact:
Have another area or cause in mind? We are interested in hearing about your vision for the impact of your gift.