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RIT Alumni Association
RIT Alumni Association

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 help make your student's experience even better by getting involved and supporting the university with a gift. Below are just some of the ways families are becoming involved with RIT. For more information on how you can support the university and get involved, please contact Adam Platzer at 585.475.6465 or adam.platzer@rit.edu.


Get Involved
There are many ways for families to engage and interact with RIT and in doing so families are building strong connections to the university. Some of the more common activities to consider include:

  • Keep up-to-date with RIT news (subscribe here)
  • Attending on and off-campus events
  • Volunteering by:
    • Hosting events
    • Speaking at RIT
    • Joining advisory boards
    • Mentoring students
  • Recruiting students for co-op and full-time employment opportunities

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. We are also looking for help in identifying opportunities for corporate or foundation support through 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 following areas but you can always direct your gift to the area of the university that means the most to you and your student.

Parents Endowed Scholarship

Parents Endowed Scholarship

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

The Tiger Spirit Fund

The Tiger Spirit Fund

The Tiger Spirit Fund was established by 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 student/faculty/staff interaction. The name of the fund came from RIT's first mascot, a Bengal tiger named "SpiRIT". Go to RIT's Tiger Page to find out more about our tiger mascot.

Colleges and Departments

Colleges and Departments

Gifts to specific colleges and departments recognize the impact that your student's specific degree program has on their success. To learn more about supporting one of RIT's nine colleges, 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.

Buy a Brick Program

Buy a Brick Program

Add your own brick to Brick City! RIT has more than 15,615,000 bricks on campus, but nearly 1,500 of those are very special. They carry messages from alumni, parents, 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:

Don't miss out! March 31 is the deadline for installation by commencement 2015:

  • Your brick will be placed on Philanthropy Way, located between the Saunders College and Gleason Circle.
  • Your gift can be directed toward a scholarship or other university-wide funds that enhance student life and learning.
  • Bricks are installed twice a year, during the fall and before commencement (depending on the number of orders and when the orders are received)
  • You will receive a map showing the on-campus location of your brick after installation.
  • Our deadline to order your brick is March 31 for installation by commencement 2015. We will make every effort to have it installed so you can show it to your family and friends.

Learn more about the Buy A Brick program or call 1.800.477.0376. We will make every effort to have it installed by commencement so you can show it to your family and friends.