Georgia Tech Organizational Spotlight

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Georgia Tech’s Office of Development

This office is one of Georgia Tech’s many programs and focuses on sharing philanthropic resources throughout the Institute. They recognize friends, family, alumni, corporations and foundations within the school to invest in and financially progress Georgia Tech’s future.

Parent’s Fund: Gifts made to this fund are given entirely to support the students of Georgia Tech. Gifts can range from $50-$10,000, and examples include:

  • $50: Buys fresh fruit and vegetables for students in need through Klemis Kitchen.
  • $100: Purchases graduation regalia for a senior who could not otherwise afford it.
  • $5,000: Fully funds one (or more) of the many student-led events submitted to the Parents Fund Grant Program.

$10,000: Sponsors an event like the Midnight Breakfast, which provides meals to more than 1,500 students during this important Tech tradition.

Reunion Giving: Milestone reunion classes celebrate by giving back to Georgia Tech. They raise funds to enhance and support opportunities for current and future GT students. Since the founding of the program, reunion classes have amassed up to nearly $487 million.

Intercollegiate Athletics Support: This program provides support for student-athletes and their scholarships. It also includes the Alexander Tharpe Fund which is the primary fundraising arm for all facilities, endowments, and current operations for Georgia Tech Athletics.

College and School Support: This sector gives philanthropic support to each of the Institute’s schools which includes the Schools of Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Business, Architecture, and Liberal arts.

Transforming Tomorrow: This campaign aims to the goals of Georgia Tech and builds its foundation for advancing the Institute.

CREATE-X James G. Pope Faculty Fellows initiative: The CREATE-X program aims to encourage and cultivate entrepreneurship. Members learn about concepts and terminology that relate to startups and various methods. Mentors within the program help create prototypes and intellectual property that eventually lead to launching their own startups as part of their capstone.

Philanthropic Work from Georgia Tech’s Philanthropy Quarterly (Winter 2022):

Stamp’s President’s Scholarship: Established by Georgia Tech alumni Thomas Dyal, who pursued his undergraduate degree at GT on a President’s Scholarship. After pursuing his master’s at Stanford and working a career in tech, he returned to Georgia Tech and established the Stamp’s President’s Scholarship for students enrolled in the Electrical or Computer Engineering Schools on his own. The 40 first-year students who receive the scholarship have their first eight semesters funded for the cost of tuition, room and board, and books. Additionally, the scholarship provides the opportunity for academic enrichment, service opportunities, and international experiences.

Dean’s Scholarship for Engineering: This scholarship was gifted by Silicon Valley-based  company Exponent, and was designed to help increase the number of undergraduate students from diverse and minority communities studying engineering and the sciences.

Dr. Carole E. Moore Endowment: This is a merit-based scholarship awarded to the top academic Society of Women Engineers member pursuing mechanical engineering and recognizes their academic achievements and supports the advancement of women.

John Lewis Student Leadership Endowment Fund: On November 9, 2021, Georgia Tech’s student center was renamed in honor of the late John Lewis who served in the House of Representatives for Georgia from 1986 until his death in 2020. He dedicated his work to ensuring the freedom and opportunities of current and future Black American generations that previous generations were denied to. This fund was philanthropically established to support the programs and activities throughout Georgia Tech to promote and grow students’ leadership skills.

Kelly Sepcic Pfeil, Ph.D Faculty Endowment Fund: This endowment was to help increase the number of female faculty throughout the Institute. Co-founder Kelly Pfeil stated, “Students need more role models,” Pfeil says. “If young women and minority students don’t see more women in faculty positions, they may be discouraged from obtaining STEM degrees. That could lead to even fewer women in these disciplines. We are building a pipeline for women in STEM, and that pipeline starts in academia.”

Bailey Whitbeck

Bailey Whitbeck

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