The generous support of individual and corporate donors is critical to our success. Collaboration and partnerships among faculty, alumni and industry have been central to our long history of innovation and learning.
Whether you wish to make an annual gift, are considering an endowed gift or wish discuss your estate plans, we will strive to make your experience as rewarding as possible. Gifts of any size are welcome because they add up to make a tangible difference to people throughout the school.
One of Engineering’s most pressing needs is to provide its departments with the funding necessary to respond quickly in a scientific environment that changes rapidly and to have the flexibility to pursue unplanned opportunities. A gift of $5 million creates a named endowed Department Chair Fund, which provides the chair of each department with the unrestricted income necessary to implement strategic plans and seize exciting opportunities.
A chaired professorship is the most significant honor the university can offer to faculty. Holders of endowed chairs represent the most distinguished scholars of their generation. Those selected for a chair combine brilliant scholarship, inspirational teaching, and leadership service to the school and university. A gift of $4 million provides an endowment that will support a new chair in selected priority departments.
A $2 million gift establishes an endowed fund to support a faculty scholar (young recently tenured faculty). Faculty Scholar gifts honor, encourage and support our most important assets: the teachers and researchers whose brilliant minds and commitment to technological innovation are the center of our mission. When they are young, the research groups of these professors are like startups. The donors who support them at that stage are the angle investors of scholarship.
The university’s mission of excellence in teaching, learning, and research is fully embodied in its graduate students. Fellowships are key to our ability to attract the most talented graduate students. The primary criteria for admission are superior academic achievement and a potential to contribute to the academic and professional communities. The competition, particularly at the PhD level, is intense, and only the top candidates in each department are admitted. Once admitted, the very best students are offered financial support that usually comprises a combination of tuition, stipend, and teaching or research assistantships.
A $1.2 million endowment provides annual income equal to a graduate student's annual tuition costs. A donor's gift of $800,000 will be matched by the school with $400,000. Fellowship gifts of $250,000 create endowments that provide partial annual support for an engineering graduate student.
One of our highest priorities at the School of Engineering is finding ways for even more of our extraordinary and diverse undergraduates to extend their studies to include an engineering master’s degree. Some 40 percent of Stanford Engineering undergraduate students currently pursue what is known as a coterminal, or “coterm,” degree. By staying an extra year at Stanford they receive their bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Doing so enables students to increase their depth in the field of engineering and take full advantage of the many formal and informal learning opportunities at Stanford.
The major prepares students for careers in aircraft and spacecraft engineering, space exploration, air- and space-based telecommunication, autonomous systems, robotics, commercial space transportation, military service, and other technology-intensive fields.
View our Aeronautics and Astronautics Undergraduate Major opportunities (PDF).
Annual gifts are an opportunity for all alumni and friends to have a powerful and immediate impact on the student experience, fostering intellectual curiosity and groundbreaking research. Annual gifts are a key component to maintaining the remarkable quality of education that is the hallmark of Stanford Engineering.
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