UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — A large donation was made to the College of Engineering.
The school will now be named the Grainger College of Engineering after a $100 million gift from the Grainger Foundation and more than $300 million in total support.
The Grainger Foundation’s total support represents the largest amount ever given to a public university to name a college of engineering, with more than $200 million provided in the last six years.
The college will be named in recognition of the contributions of the Grainger Foundation to the excellence of the college and in honor of distinguished alumnus William W. Grainger.
William W. Grainger graduated from the university’s electrical engineering program in 1919 and founded the industrial supply company W. W. Grainger, Inc. in 1927. Grainger is an Illinois-based Fortune 500 company with more than 25,000 employees worldwide.
As part of the naming, the Grainger Foundation will provide the additional $100 million unrestricted gift to the college’s endowment, building upon its past, significant foundational support for even greater impact during the college and university’s ambitious With Illinois campaign and beyond.
In addition, the Grainger Foundation is currently matching all gifts to the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative for undergraduates, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25 million.