We are very grateful for the support of our generous alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Your gifts help us maintain the excellence that is part of our legacy in AES.
The discussion on this page pertains largely to support from individual donors; however, company donations are also accepted by the methods described below. For corporate giving to, and interaction with, AES, you are encouraged to contact the Director or the Engineering Development Office.
Personal engagement with AES can take many forms. You might want to connect AES to your company to help your company better know the full story of AES. Employer relations in general in the college are handled by our Employment Services office - better known simply as The Center for Spartan Engineering. The Director is Garth Motschenbacher.
If you are interested in making a gift to AES, then read on...
- First, we want to recognize strong potential for high scholarship and for past strong results. About 10 percent of AES students historically maintain a 3.8 GPA or better. This is a remarkable achievement and should be rewarded. AES students also engage beyond the classroom to develop and hone their own leadership capabilities, and we definitely support those activities as well.
- Second, we want to support those students who otherwise could not continue with their studies.
We want and need scholarships that are merit based, and may also be need based: AES students may rank high on both proven scholarship and financial need. The College of Engineering has a very efficient and effective Development Office that is the college point for giving to the college and the programs in the college, including AES.
The AES program has two general targets for your charitable gifts:
The AES Discretionary Endowment Fund
The AES Discretionary Endowment Fund primarily targets scholarships for AES students. This is a typical academic endowment in which funds received today go into the principal and only the earnings are used in any given year. The earnings are dependent on market conditions and interest rates.
The AES Current Needs Fund
The AES Current Needs Fund is an expendable fund. Money donated to this fund are available immediately in there entirery, but are expected to be used for short-term needs. Again AES targets gifts that come in to this fund almost exclusively to student immediate needs.
The synopsis of these two targets for your AES giving is this:
The endowment fund should be the target for you if you want to give funds for the long term future of the program. As the endowment funds build, AES will have a growing endowment that will provide sustainable funds. The endowment must grow substantially to meet needs for scholarships in AES. The current needs fund should be the target for you if you want to give funds to meet scholarship needs for current students. Particularly in economically difficult times the current needs fund should be considered.
To give a gift to AES online using your credit card:
Contact information for making direct inquiries to the Development Office are both below.
Office of Development
428 S. Shaw Lane
Room 3536 Engineering
East Lansing, MI 48824