Families

No one cares more about your student's education than you. The commitment to send a student to college is substantial, and we are grateful that you chose RIT for that education.

You can make your student's experience even better by getting involved and supporting the university with a gift. Below are the three levels of how families are becoming engaged with RIT.

  • Parent Friends – Get Engaged
  • Parent Partners – Volunteer to Help
    • Student Mentoring
      “With a career as a technology and intellectual property lawyer, I have enjoyed mentoring business students on intellectual property, business and regulatory issues they may encounter in their own developing careers. It is exciting to be a part of their education and future career path.”
      -Scott Warner
       Daughter Zoe, 3D Digital Arts
    •  Company Recruiting
      “As President and CEO of Mohawk Ltd., I am always looking to recruit new talent for my business. Learning from RIT faculty firsthand about the innovations in my industry, such as 3-D printing, helps me to be competitive while meeting the needs of my customers in today’s ever changing world.”
      _Cathy Newell  '79
       Son Blake, Business Management
    • Event Hosting
      “I hosted an event at my home in Chicago for local RIT parents. It’s a great way to connect and learn about other ways we can stay engaged with RIT and our children. I have also made a gift in support of student activities my son is involved with, ensuring a well-rounded college experience which is important to me as a parent.”
      -Paula Zimmerman
       Son Henry, Software Engineering
    • Guest Speaking
      “As a parent, I never expected to be involved with opportunities at RIT. But most recently, I was invited to be a guest speaker at a student event for the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was even a judge for the Tiger Tank business pitch competition. What a thrill it is to be involved with the next generation of business leaders.”
      -Cindy Cooper
      Son Tim, Mathematics
  • Parent Leaders - Make a Gift
    Your generous support has a significant impact that will extend well beyond your student's time on campus. Best of all, you can designate your gift to an area that will impact your student most directly. You can also help RIT to identify opportunities for corporate or foundation support through your personal and professional networks. If you have connections that could lead to a beneficial relationship for RIT, that can be just as important as making a gift.

    Many parents and families make their gifts to the areas listed below, but you can direct your gift to the area of the university that means the most to you and your student.

For more information on how you can support the university and get involved as a Friend, Partner or Leader, please contact:

Parents Endowed Scholarship Fund

Parents Endowed Scholarship Fund

Giving to the Parents Endowed Scholarship fund ensures that other students will have the opportunity for the same outstanding educational experience your student enjoys here at RIT.

The Tiger Spirit Fund

The Tiger Spirit Fund

The Tiger Spirit Fund was established by RIT parents in 1991, and is dedicated to enhancing student life and learning. It helps support events that build character, leadership skills, and school spirit. The funds are distributed for educational, social, and athletic activities that encourage interaction among students, faculty, and staff. The name of the fund came from RIT's first mascot, a real Bengal tiger named SpiRIT. Go to the RIT Archives to find out more about SpiRIT, our first tiger mascot; then visit the Alumni Association pages to learn more about RITchie, today's spirit of RIT!

Colleges and Academic Departments

Colleges and Academic Departments

Gifts to any one of RIT's nine colleges and the departments within recognize the importance of your student's specific degree program has on their future success. To learn more about supporting one of RIT's colleges or academic departments, please click here.

RIT Athletic Association

RIT Athletic Association

Your gift to the RIT Athletic Association helps RIT attract and retain the best student-athletes, meet the growing demands of our athletic programs, and build a sense of community on the RIT campus. Show your support and become a member of the RIT Athletic Association today.

Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Fund

Grateful Tigers pay it forward to future generations.  Established in 2002, the RIT Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship provides academic scholarships annually to RIT alumni who wish to continue their own education or to the children and grandchildren of RIT alumni who are enrolled at RIT.  To make your gift to the Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship, click here.  For more information about the scholarship criteria and to learn how legacy students can apply, visit the Alumni Educational Benefits page.

Buy a Brick

Buy a Brick

Add your own brick to Brick City! RIT has more than 15,615,000 bricks on campus, but nearly 1,500 of those are extra special. They carry messages from alumni, families, friends, faculty, and staff that share generations of Tiger Spirit with visitors to campus. The RIT Buy a Brick program has already provided $225,000 for student scholarship and enhanced education opportunities. Your purchase of a brick today will make you part of the RIT legacy that has helped to equip every student with the education their future demands.

Bricks are now available for purchase in two sizes, and your gift can be directed toward a scholarship or other university-wide funds that enhance student life and learning.

  • 4" x 8" (tax-deductible gift of $175)
  • 8" x 8" (tax-deductible gift of $250)

Your brick will be placed on Philanthropy Way, located between the Saunders College and Gleason Circle. You will receive a map showing the on-campus location of your brick after installation.

Bricks are installed twice a year, during the fall and before commencement (depending on the number of orders and when the orders are received).  Order your brick by April 6, 2016 for installation by Commencement 2016. We will make every effort to have it installed so you can show it to your family and friends!

Learn more and buy your brick here.

The Wallace Center

RIT created The Wallace Center in 2010, blending essential library, faculty development, and multi-media services together.  The evolution from a library to a true learning center continued with the integration of the Writing Commons adn RADSCC.  Also housed within TWC are The Innovative Learning Institute, ITS help desk, and Java Wally's.  With nearly 4,000 visitors each day, TWC is RIT's place to study, learn, collaborate, and connect.  Learn more and make your gift in support of this central hub of learning and collaboration here.