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 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, the COVID-19 Testing Initiative, research, 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.

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

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

Getting More Involved: Engagement Opportunities

The Parent Leadership Committee

An annual gift of $5,000 or more per year to the Rensselaer 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 Rensselaer 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 Council 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 Up to seven priority seating tickets for Commencement
Three meetings per year with campus leaders (either virtual or in-person, depending on social distancing protocols) Opportunity to connect with faculty, campus leaders, and other parents at special receptions and events, with two free registrations per year
Engraved paver displayed at the East Campus Athletic Village Invitation to exclusive Presidential Reception during Family Weekend
Up to seven priority seating tickets for Commencement Rensselaer lapel pin
Opportunity to connect with faculty, campus leaders, and other parents at special receptions and events, with two free registrations per year
Invitation to exclusive Presidential Reception during Family Weekend
Rensselaer lapel pin

Parent Leadership Committee Members 2020-2021

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

Jim Humelsine P’21 and Mary Kubli P’21
Neptune, NJ

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

Anant and Hema Nambiar P’23
Larchmont, NY

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:

Paula Tabor
Advancement Officer
Institute Advancement
taborp@rpi.edu
518-276–2325

Areas to Support

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

COVID-19 Testing Initiative Fund

The Rensselaer COVID-19 Testing Center Fund will support efforts to keep our community safe and will contribute toward an unprecedented effort in the history of Rensselaer.

Rensselaer Diversity Initiative Fund

The Rensselaer Diversity Initiative Fund allows the Rensselaer Admissions team to provide visitation and continued recruitment opportunities for diverse populations of prospective students.

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. Why not show your pride and excitement by giving back in support of the school you graduated from?

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.

How Your Gift Makes an Impact

Additional Resources For Parents

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COVID-19 resources page
(includes communications, updates, and key info)

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The Arch at Rensselear

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Family Weekend

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Student Success
Parents & Families