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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.

Please join me in supporting Rensselaer and making a difference for students—our sons and daughters—while supporting future generations."

Adrienne Roberts P’21 (and family) Honorary Member, Society of Families Leadership Committee

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 CommitteeSociety of Families
Annual gift of $5,000 or more per yearAnnual gift of $2,500 or more per year
Members serve as Rensselaer ambassadors, working with other families and campus leadersCommencement Priority Seating Tickets
Commencement Priority Seating TicketsOpportunity to connect with faculty, campus leaders, and other parents at special receptions and events
Annual virtual or in-person meetings with campus leadersRensselaer 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
Houston, TX

Bob and Karen May P’20, P’22
Lemoyne, PA

Anant and Hema Nambiar P’23
Larchmont, NY

Theresa and Ron Sit P’19 (Emeriti)
Minneapolis, MN

Natalie Walters-Casey P’21 and Brian Casey P’21
Burien, WA

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
Institute Advancement

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we continue to provide exceptional support and a safe environment for our students. In the recent past, 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

Graduate with I heart R Pi glasses

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.

students talk in CBIS

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.


School Funds

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.


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

weR Gold is a unique program that helps to raise dollars for student-run special projects and/or initiatives.


How Your Gift Makes an Impact

Additional Resources For Parents


COVID-19 resources page


The Arch at Rensselear

Family Weekend

a rensselaer student and parents

Student Success
Parents & Families

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