Senior Class Giving

Giving back is a time-honored tradition at Rensselaer, culminating in the class gift during senior year. You can help create a legacy of philanthropy for your class by choosing to support Rensselaer both as a student and an alumnus or alumna.

Senior Class Gift

This year, the Class of 2020 has chosen to support the Student Relief Fund as the Senior Class Gift. Previous class gifts have included grants for incoming freshmen to attend Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond programming and support for weR Gold, our student-powered crowdfunding initiative.

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. This fund supports current undergraduate students whose financial situation has abruptly changed in a manner which may impede their continued enrollment at Rensselaer.

The Student Relief Fund provides one-time grants to undergraduate students in immediate need, for things like emergency travel expenses, medical bills not covered by insurance, or replacement costs for essential academic supplies or personal items.

Past recipients of grants from the Student Relief Fund have experienced the death of a parent, the unexpected loss of income from a parent’s illness, faced a natural disaster in their hometown, or have been impacted by the recent pandemic.

With a supplement from the Class of 2020, the fund will be able to impact more undergraduate, Rensselaer students in need. Gifts – of any size – to this fund will help those in need of assistance in order to continue their studies at Rensselaer.