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Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

The Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award is given to distinguished alumni/alumnae and corporate partners in recognition of extraordinary service, philanthropy, and long-standing partnerships with Rensselaer.



Curtis R. Priem ’82

Through his longstanding service to Rensselaer on the Board of Trustees, and his extraordinary philanthropy, personally and through the Priem Family Foundation, Curtis R. Priem ’82 has forever impacted not only the Rensselaer experience for our faculty and students, but also the literal landscape of the campus.


IBM Corporation

The Rensselaer/IBM partnership dates back decades to the revolutionary IBM System/360, first announced in 1964. Today, IBM is engaging with Rensselaer in joint investigations of unimaginable potential. This extraordinary model for partnership empowers Rensselaer to be transformative, through our innovative teaching, and the global impact of our research.


Howard N. Blitman ’50

Howard N. Blitman ’50 has served Rensselaer for more than 65 years, as a Rensselaer trustee, adviser, and volunteer. He has supported scholarships and fellowships, the Rensselaer Annual Fund, athletics, and the upgrade of numerous campus facilities, and has earned all four honors of the Rensselaer Alumni Association, including its highest award, the Distinguished Service Award.

The Patroon Society at Rensselaer

Since 1953, the Patroon Society at Rensselaer has provided a vital source of leadership, generosity, and support for generations of Rensselaer students. At every turn in our history, Patroons have played a key role in our success.  The past fifteen years have been no exception. Gifts from our members in the Annual Patroon Society have shaped and fueled our dramatic transformation at Rensselaer. The generous and continued support from Patroons each year helps Rensselaer students receive needed financial aid and scholarships, experience our award-winning student programming, participate in undergraduate research, collaborate with our talented and dedicated faculty, and so much more.  The continued leadership support of the Annual Patroon Society is critical if we are to sustain the Institute for the next two centuries—and beyond.

Annual Patroon Society

Annual Patroon Society members are recognized at the following levels, and recognition is based on gifts to Rensselaer during a single fiscal year (July 1 –June 30).

Annual Patron Society Giving Levels and Recognition

The President’s Circle $25,000 or more
The Innovators $20,000
The Trailblazers $15,000
The Pathfinders $10,000
The Explorers $5,000
The Surveyors $2,500


Membership in The Surveyors is offered to current students and young alumni at the following levels:

The Surveyors Giving Levels and Recognition

Current students $100
Graduates in the last 4 years $250
Graduates 5-9 years out $500
Graduates 10-14 years out $1,000


Members of the Patroon Society receive invitations to exclusive events and special communications from the Institute.

For more information or to join the Annual Patroon Society, please contact the Office of Annual Giving or call (518) 276-6055.


Lifetime Patroon Society

The Lifetime Patroon Society recognizes exceptional cumulative giving to the Institute at the following levels:

Stephen Van Rensselaer Patroons Giving Levels and Recognition

1824 Society lifetime giving of $10,000,000
Stephen Van Rensselaer Society lifetime giving of $1,000,000
George M. Low ’48 Society lifetime giving of $500,000
Livingston W. Houston ’13 Society lifetime giving of $250,000
Amos Eaton Society lifetime giving of $100,000
Palmer C. Ricketts Society lifetime giving of $50,000
B.F. Greene Society lifetime giving of $20,000

The Heritage Society

The Heritage Society recognizes those individuals who have chosen to leave a legacy at Rensselaer by planning a testmentary gift or making a life income gift. For more information on the Heritage Society, please contact Art Tracy ( or call (518) 276-2561.

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