If you are an alumnus or an alumna, you don’t need to be reminded how Illinois State University transforms students. The tools you acquired at Illinois State University have enabled you to achieve goals that might otherwise be impossible. Now it is within your power to give a student the same challenge and opportunity. Over the past ten years, Illinois State University has steadily increased our commitment to need-based aid, and the investment to help our students is truly significant. A gift of any size can have an immediate impact for students.
By establishing an endowed scholarship, you create a lasting legacy. Endowed funds support themselves in perpetuity. The initial gift is invested, and scholarships are awarded from the investment income, preserving the principal so the fund continues to generate income for awards in future years. The minimum investment for a named endowment is $20,000. With an emerging endowment, a donor can take up to five years to build the endowment to the $20,000 level.