Supporting the College
The success of the College of Applied Science and Technology depends, in part, on our partnerships with alumni, corporate partners and friends who share their time, expertise and financial resources to support the continued success of our students!
If you have supported our college in the past, THANK YOU! If you are thinking about becoming a supporter, welcome! Whether you are an alumnus looking for ways to "give back" or a corporate representative looking for strategic partnership opportunities – there are many ways to engage with CAST.
If you would like more information or have any questions about supporting the College of Applied Science and Technology at RIT, please contact the CAST Director of Development Valerie Overlan:
How Your Contributions Make A Difference
Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety
A gift to the CETEMS DEPARTMENT GENERAL FUND will help us provide equipment and supplies for labs, support student research projects and student clubs, such as the Student Environmental Action League and the American Society of Civil Engineers, and sponsor our annual Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, and Construction Estimating teams competitions. Scholarship funding is also critical to the success of our students. Today, tuition can be one of the biggest obstacles to a college education. A gift to any one of several memorial scholarships – such as the PATRICK DONOVAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND or the IAN RODGERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND – allows us to reach out to deserving students.
Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology
ECTET is greatly appreciative of your donations as we support and reward our highly capable students. Each year we select academically outstanding students to receive an Alumni Book Scholarship. These students receive $300-$500 awards to be used toward the purchase of textbooks or laboratory kits. Each year, up to 50 students are awarded this scholarship. Thanks to the generous support from our alumni we are able to help our students continue to enhance their academic excellence, alleviate some of the financial burden, and motivate them to continue to work hard.
Gifts to the ECTET DEPARTMENT GENERAL FUND help us to provide financial project support to those students looking for an extra challenge. Students seeking to develop a showcase project for an independent study, or ImagineRIT are awarded funds based upon a proposal submission process. Whether individuals, or student teams, we seek to encourage students to reach beyond their academics to solve worthy design challenges. These funds support exceptional learning experiences to the next generation of ECTET professionals. Check out their exciting projects at http://www.rit.edu/cast/ectet/clubs-and-activities.php
School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation
This School recently changed its name to reflect its international presence and to focus on achieving even higher levels of academic excellence. Two new departments resulted from this change: Hospitality and Tourism Management and Service Systems. The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management will house the undergraduate program concentrations in International Hospitality and Service Management and the graduate program in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Your continued support of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management's GENERAL FUND, its SCHOLARSHIP FUND and STUDENT CLUB allows us to directly help students and keep them on the path to success and ultimately increase the value of every HTM degree.
In addition, the Department of Service Systems has two graduate programs in Service Leadership and Innovation and Human Resources Development as well as associated undergraduate curricula. These programs provide extensive opportunities for students to study abroad in a variety of locations where RIT has a presence and attracts significant numbers of international students to study on campus at RIT. Student support provided to the DSS GENERAL FUND allows the Department to assist students with learning experiences in the field through internships, scholarships and/or recognition events. These opportunities promote the students and allow them to learn more of the profession they are seeking employment opportunities within.
Manufacturing, Mechanical and Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology
This department’s unique curriculum supports applied hands-on engineering education including manufacturing processes, mechanical design, electrical and mechanical systems integration, product life cycle engineering and management, and conventional and alternative energy systems development. The department has the personnel and facilities under one academic unit focused on an interdisciplinary approach to provide students with the systems level understanding they need to be successful in today’s business environment. Students, faculty, and staff benefit immensely from your support related to academic scholarships, faculty research, curriculum and laboratory development, program enhancements, increasing women and minority student population, and faculty/staff professional development.
Many times, it is only because of your support of the DEPARTMENT’s GENERAL FUND that we can make unique opportunities available to our students. This Fund is used to support student scholarships and student projects that give our students the hands-on experience they need and enjoy. The Fund supports many student actives such as student branches of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The Fund also sponsors competition teams such as the department’s world renowned SAE Baja team, the newly formed Clean Snowmobile Challenge team and the Robotics/Automation Challenge team. These activities give students an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to solve real engineering problems.
We are also grateful for those who choose to support our FACULTY, STAFF AND ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP FUND which is distributed to sophomores. This is a critical year for our students, as they face increased academic demands but are not yet eligible for co-op positions. Many students must work part-time to help finance their education, and this scholarship fund allows them to reduce work hours so they can concentrate on academic performance. Our priority is to ensure the success of our students by supporting them financially, while challenging them academically with highly qualified faculty, who bring unique pedagogical approaches and research findings into the classroom.
Gifts to the PACKAGING SCIENCE GENERAL FUND make it possible for our students to travel to professional conferences and events such as the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IOPP) sponsored trips/tours and Pack Expo, where our students are consistent winners in the design challenge. This Fund also helps us upgrade equipment in our materials/container labs. We are also very grateful to those who continue to support our PACKAGING SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Many of our students require financial assistance to complete their education, and your generous gifts are truly helping us prepare the future leaders of our industry.
Areas to Help Fund
The growing gap between the cost of a college education and grants and government support makes endowed scholarships a priority need. To recruit and retain the best and brightest students, we must increase scholarship awards based on academic merit and financial need. Contact us for a list of established scholarship funds to which you may contribute or to establish a new fund.
Technology is key to attracting and retaining top faculty and students. Gifts of equipment for our labs give students familiarity with the technologies and tools they will encounter on the job. Contact us to learn more.
Endowed chairs attract talented faculty to integrate the most current research with our curriculum, keeping our college competitive. Contact us to learn more.
Contributions to research will support the college’s current strategic focus on increasing the rigor of scholarship. Contact us to learn more.
Student clubs augment our students’ educational experience through real-world application of classroom learning, networking with established professionals in their fields of study, and opportunities for leadership. A number of these organizations rely on contributions to support their activities. Contact us for a current list of student clubs in need of support.
Many companies, large and small, have discovered business advantages in partnering with our college. These partnerships take a variety of forms:
Affiliating your business with RIT and the college through a financial contribution connects your company name with an emerging national leader in applied science and technology education. Gifts that include naming opportunities – such as endowed scholarships, endowed chairs, speaker series, or a named lab – offer your company increased exposure to our students as they prepare to enter the workforce. Contact us to learn more.
Manufacturers who donate equipment and supplies for use in our labs introduce their products to our students who may become purchasing decision-makers at their future employers. Contact us to learn more.
Thousands of global companies have discovered the value of RIT’s co-op program. Learn more »
Industrial Advisory Boards
Each academic discipline in the college CAST works with an Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) made up of volunteers with expertise in related industries. Representation on IABs provides companies with opportunities to influence curriculum development. IABs generally meet once or twice each year. Contact us to learn more.
If you have any additional questions or need more information, please contact Valerie Overlan, Director of Development: 585-475-6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org