Supporting the College of Applied Science and Technology
Donor support will enable the University to educate tomorrow’s leaders, graduate globally aware and socially engaged citizens, and spark continuous creativity and innovation. There are multiple ways to advance these objectives by supporting key funding categories within the College of Applied Science and Technology.
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The college has identified four key priorities which are highlighted below.
Scholarships enable the college to attract and retain students, increasing our ability to compete for individuals who will benefit from the applied learning focus that characterizes CAST degree programs.
Support student development
The CAST Student Success Center supports students through tutoring, enhanced developmental skill training, and the expertise of industry-specific speakers who represent first-generation and under-represented students. Developmental skill opportunities go beyond the requirements of CAST courses and programs to target areas such as financial acumen, technical writing, and oral communication.
Sustain student progression
Funding through persistence grants provides direct support to CAST students who are making progress toward degree completion, but who experience roadblocks related to housing or food insecurity. They are consequently forced to choose between living expenses and tuition expenses. Grants pay the remaining tuition bill after other sources of financial aid are exhausted so that the student can remain enrolled and progress toward degree completion. CAST provides between $30,000 and $50,000 in student support each semester.
Attract and develop top faculty
Named and visiting professorships help CAST recruit talented faculty members who contribute to the excellence of the college’s academic programs.
Make an impact today by investing in the College of Applied Science and Technology. Give to our General Fund or select a featured program or opportunity below. Contact us to speak to a development officer about other ways to make a difference.
Dr. Shaoen Wu has been named the State Farm Endowed Chair of Cybersecurity within the School of Information Technology. The prestigious chair was established by State Farm Insurance Companies as part of a $3 million investment committed in 2016.
Scholarships allow students to make the most of their time on campus. For Victor Fuentes, Grace Kinnicutt, and Kiara Price, private support has enabled them to engage in their studies, pursue their passions, and embrace every opportunity that comes their way.
Several first-generation college students at Illinois State were traversing down uncharted paths when unexpected roadblocks hit. These Redbirds didn’t let unforeseen circumstances derail their ambitions. Among them are three students who remained on track with a helping hand from the College of Applied Science and Technology.
Gifts of all sizes make an impact on our students, faculty, programs, and facilities. Beyond the monetary gift, outright gifts such as securities, real estate, and gifts-in-kind are other ways you can make a difference. Contact us today to discuss giving options.