Annual gifts are an indication of the pride that our alumni, current students, parents, faculty, staff and friends have for RIT. Your support goes to work immediately, helping to ensure that one more Tiger achieves their goal of becoming an RIT graduate. Whether providing scholarships, college priorities, recruiting stellar faculty, improving facilities, or placing lab equipment in classrooms, annual gifts enable RIT to provide resources not covered by tuition. Each gift, no matter how small, has enormous impact on students, faculty and the future of RIT.
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Gifts that support student innovation projects and multidisciplinary design can help people with life-changing injuries. An adaptive sailing chair designed for Richard Ramos by four RIT engineering students made its competitive debut in summer 2012, turning Ramos’ physical challenges into championship possibilities.
Gifts that support student innovation projects and multidisciplinary design can help make women’s dreams roar to life! The captain of the first Hot Wheelz e-dragster team, aptly named Ferrari, joined with a driver who had raced cars and motorcycles as a little girl, and a team of women engineering students who designed and constructed the electric-vehicle drag racer that won the first Imagine RIT alternative-energy vehicle challenge!
February is a month of special days – Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, Presidents' Day, winter breaks and more. At RIT, GAP Day is a special day on campus in late February each year. We don't celebrate it. We don't even publicize it. But maybe we should.
Supporting the Fund for RIT, the university's annual giving program, is the best way for you to show your Tiger Pride and an important way to ensure the continued excellence of an RIT education. Now, more than ever in RIT's history, your support is critical to the future success of the university.
What could RIT be with your participation in the Fund for RIT each year? If you haven't decided to support your alma mater yet, or if you haven't made your gift this year, we want you to imagine RIT with greater alumni support. Want to know how it would look?
When I walk along the Quarter Mile on RIT's campus, I'm usually in a hurry to get to class. Seeing everything that's going on and getting involved, I'm reminded of how happy I am to be at RIT. When I talk with new friends at Gracie's, Wallace Library or Gordon Field House, I learn we all have dreams and goals.
Gifts to the annual fund are often directed to one of RIT's nine colleges to support a variety of activities and academic needs. These gifts are critical to our colleges in helping them perform the "daily work" of educating our students, and directly impacts the quality of RIT's degree programs.
Five years ago, like many other families, Kathleen Clas and her husband set out to help their college bound twin sons select a college that was right for them. They looked to balance value with affordability. While the Rochester natives applied to other colleges, they have always respected RIT and the educational value it offered, especially the broad set of experiences provided combined with career-specific training.
Last year, more than $1.8 million in annual fund gifts were directed to scholarships and fellowships in RIT's nine colleges – 32 percent of all money given to the annual fund. Supporting scholarships means supporting students who dream of what an RIT education can offer them, but can't hope to pay the cost of tuition without crippling student loans.
We will be more interested in mathematical modeling than in being models
K-12 programs make science, math, and engineering exciting to young women
Imagine a new generation of young women finding science, technology, engineering and math as interesting as make up and music! It's happening at RIT.
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