Class of 2020 Senior Class Gift
About the Senior Class Gift
This year, the Class of 2020 has chosen to support the Student Relief Fund. Previous class gifts have included grants for incoming freshmen to attend Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond programming and support for weR Gold, our student-powered crowdfunding initiative.
About the Student Relief Fund
The Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer. This fund supports current undergraduate students whose financial situation has abruptly changed in a manner which may impede their continued enrollment at Rensselaer.
The Student Relief Fund provides one-time grants to undergraduate students in immediate need, for things like emergency travel expenses, medical bills not covered by insurance, or replacement costs for essential academic supplies or personal items.
Past recipients of grants from the Student Relief Fund have experienced the death of a parent, the unexpected loss of income from a parent’s illness, faced a natural disaster in their hometown, or have been impacted by the recent pandemic.
With a supplement from the Class of 2020, the fund will be able to impact more undergraduate, Rensselaer students in need. Gifts -- of any size -- to this fund will help those in need of assistance in order to continue their studies at Rensselaer.
Financial hiccups at home can be extremely taxing to deal with when simultaneously attending university full-time. The Student Relief Fund would greatly ease the burden on a student whose circumstances may be out of his or her control. This gift has the potential to make or break a student’s professional career. Your gift can provide much-needed help that will allow them to stay in school and complete their education.
Other Areas of Support
Some other important funding opportunities include:
Rensselaer Annual Fund (area of greatest need): Your gift will help our current generation of students complete their Rensselaer education, and allow them to become the future leaders in science, technology, and innovation. Gifts to the Annual Fund support the area of greatest need, one of our many athletics and scholarship programs, or student-specific funds, among several options.
Let's Go Red! Athletic Aid: Your gift to Let’s Go Red! helps our intercollegiate teams directly. Support for Let’s Go Red! includes needed dollars to purchase specialized equipment, fund tournaments and invitationals, and team training trips. In addition, these gifts support athletic awards and banquets, help to replace or provide maintenance to the weight rooms and other training facility upgrades, as well as supplement the funding for out-of-region trips.
weR Gold: the weR Gold program supports student organizations seeking to change the world through special projects and initiatives. For more information, and to see this year's projects, please visit the weR Gold website.
If you would like to support something you don't see listed here, please choose "other" on the donation page to designate your gift.
For those interested in making more of an impact on their class gift, seniors who contribute $100 or more will become members of the prestigious Annual Patroon Society at Rensselaer.
Thank you to all of our senior class donors who have already made a gift to the Student Relief Fund or another area of support. Any member of the Class of 2020 who makes a gift before 2Rπ Day on June 28, 2020 is eligible to win a $50 Visa gift card and Rensselaer diploma frame! Class participation impacts our national rankings, increases the value of your degree, and, just as important, makes a difference for every student at Rensselaer.