Why Your Support Is So Important
A CS @ ILLINOIS degree is a powerful credential and has positioned thousands of alumni for tremendous success. Illinois is committed to offering an excellent education, delivered by world-class faculty, in the most technologically advanced classrooms and labs, and providing an environment that is both interactive and collaborative, and that establishes relationship networks which benefit CS Illini for a lifetime.
State support for higher education continues to decline. As a result, the philanthropic support of our alumni and friends has become increasingly crucial. Not only does your financial support enable us to provide more scholarships, fellowships, and outreach activities, but alumni giving also functions as a measure of the department's strength and impacts our standings in the national rankings.
We want our alumni and friends not only to feel good about the gifts they give but also to experience the impact these gifts have in the lives of our students and their families. We want to be as transparent as possible in presenting what funding opportunities are available and how your gifts make a difference.
The Computer Science Annual Fund
Gifts to the CS Annual Fund are used strategically in two ways: (1) to support ongoing programmatic priorities such as funding for our outreach activities, and hosting & student-alumni networking and recruiting events, (2) to provide seed money for innovations and unique opportunities that require a nimble and timely response
In 2013, CS @ ILLINOIS launched Gems Computer Science Camp for Girls. This program encourages girls to consider STEM careers, gives them confidence in using authentic computer tools for math and science, increases their higher level thinking skills, and inspires them to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school and college. Because of growing support from alumni and friends, CS @ ILLINOIS has been able to keep the camp free for participants, expand the camp to include more tracks for middle school girls, and offer a new track for high school girls.
The department also hosts events on campus and in locations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York City, to build key connections between current students, alumni, and potential employers. Gifts through the CS Annual Fund enable us to make sustainable investments in key programmatic areas like these. Please support the CS Annual Fund today.
CS continues to draw students who represent the best of Illinois and the nation. However, we are losing some of these top students—from all backgrounds and financial situations—due to a lack of scholarships. We need help from our alumni, friends, and corporate partners to help CS @ ILLINOIS ensure that cost alone does not put an Illinois education out of reach.
The department is actively building its scholarship endowment to increase both the number of scholarships and the amount of financial support that can be offered. We need to be able to provide larger scholarships to more students. Please support the CS Visionary Scholarship Fund today.
Naming Opportunities and Special Projects
The Department also has several giving opportunities to support faculty through named chairs and professorships, named graduate fellowships and scholarships, and sponsored research and technology projects that foster curricular innovation.
Please connect with the Advancement Office to let us know how you would like to get more involved with the Department.