As a Rensselaer parent, you see first-hand the impact a Rensselaer education has on your son or daughter, and the value of that education. The academic and other transformative opportunities available to our students will serve them not only during their time at Rensselaer but as they join the more than 100,000-strong alumni and alumnae network across the globe.
You can further contribute to the success of your son or daughter, other current students, and future generations through a gift to the Parents Annual Fund or other key giving opportunities. Each year more than 1,400 parent and family members of past and current Rensselaer students join the donor community in supporting key priorities including student scholarship, athletics, student relief funds, and more. Your gift today will ensure that our current generation of students has the resources available to graduate and change the world alongside so many of our community.
Getting More Involved: Engagement Opportunities
The Parent Leadership Committee
An annual gift of $5,000 or more per year to the Parents Annual Fund or other related Institute fund gives you membership into this elite group. Committee members serve as Rensselaer ambassadors, working with other families and campus leaders to enhance parent and family engagement and support student recruitment strategies and initiatives.
The Society of Families
An annual gift of $2,500 or more to the Parents Annual Fund or other related Institute fund qualifies you for membership in the Society of Families, and gives you a stake in the future of our students and in the future of Rensselaer.
Giving Levels and Benefits
|Parent Leadership Committee||Society of Families|
|Annual gift of $5,000 or more per year||Annual gift of $2,500 or more per year|
|Members serve as Rensselaer ambassadors, working with other families and campus leaders||Commencement Priority Seating Tickets|
|Commencement Priority Seating Tickets||Opportunity to connect with faculty, campus leaders, and other parents at special receptions and events|
|Annual virtual or in-person meetings with campus leaders||Rensselaer lapel pin|
|Opportunity to connect with faculty, campus leaders, and other parents at special receptions and events|
|Rensselaer lapel pin|
Parent Leadership Committee Members 2021-2022
Sarah Weinstein Dennison P’24 and Timothy Dennison P’24
New York, NY
David Hammarstrom P’22
New York, NY
Tom and Elizabeth Howley P’24
Bob and Karen May P’20, P’22
Anant and Hema Nambiar P’23
Theresa and Ron Sit P’19 (Emeriti)
Natalie Walters-Casey P’21 and Brian Casey P’21
Darlene Yaplee P’21 and Don Jackson P’21
Palo Alto, CA
ECAV Pavers – Honor Your Student
To learn more about how you can honor your son or daughter’s experience at Rensselaer with an engraved paver displayed at the East Village Athletic Complex, visit our ECAV paver page.For questions or assistance regarding your gift, please contact:
Office of Annual Giving
Thanks to the generosity of our community, we continue to provide exceptional support and a safe environment for our students during this period of uncertainty. Over the past few weeks, we have assisted our students with unexpected expenses such as travel, lodging, storage of personal items, and technology essential for remote learning. We also continue to ensure that scholarship and other financial resources are available.
This assistance is a result of generosity from donors like you who give to the Parents Annual Fund throughout the year.
Your help is needed – now more than ever – as we continue to prepare our students to join the global network of successful alumni and alumnae after completing their education.
Areas to Support
The Rensselaer Annual Fund
The Rensselaer Annual Fund helps to provide a world-class educational experience to our students, helping to prepare them to meet the demands and challenges of the 21st century.
Undergraduate 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.
Graduate Student Relief Fund
The Graduate Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer graduate students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer.
Fraternities and Sororities
Opportunities to support fraternities and sororities at Rensselaer.
You spent your years at Rensselaer focused on a particular field. With your support, you can demonstrate your pride and excitement by giving back in support of your school.
Annual Fund Scholars Program
One of the most personal and lasting ways to make a difference in the lives of Rensselaer students is with a gift of scholarship.
Annual Fund Assistance Grant
The Rensselaer Annual Fund Assistance Grant was established to provide emergency financial aid to an upperclassman with financial hardship.
Patroon Scholars Program
The power to make a difference in the lives of our students is fully realized through the Patroon Scholars Program.
Let’s Go Red
Your support of Let’s Go Red! funds ensures that current and future generations of students continue to receive the opportunity to balance the rigors of academics with collegiate athletics.
weR Gold is a unique program that helps to raise dollars for student-run special projects and/or initiatives.
The Rensselaer COVID-19 Testing Initiative Fund
The Rensselaer COVID-19 Testing Center Fund will support efforts to keep our community safe through access to broad and frequent testing.
Rensselaer Student Success Initiatives
Helps to ensure our students possess the intellectual agility, multicultural sophistication, and global view requisite to successfully addressing the world’s many challenges and opportunities.
Rensselaer Research Fund
This fund, recently established in order to support the efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, supports the continued advancement of ongoing research initiatives.
Senior Class Giving
Giving back is a time-honored tradition at Rensselaer, culminating in the class gift during senior year.
Memorial and Tribute Scholarship Fund
Honor the memory of a loved one or commemorate a special occasion through a gift to the Rensselaer Memorial and Tribute Scholarship Fund.
Patroon Society Volunteer Program
The Patroon Society Volunteer Program consists of alumni and alumnae volunteers who are willing to connect with other alumni and alumnae to ask for their support of the Rensselaer Annual Fund.
How Your Gift Makes an Impact
Additional Resources For Parents
COVID-19 resources page
The Arch at Rensselear
Parents & Families