The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced a $22 million grant from the Illinois-based Grainger Foundation to create a fund that will support a range of undergraduate programs at its College of Engineering.
The Grainger Fund for Undergraduate Education will support initiatives that aim to boost the diversity of the college's student body, including a peer-to-peer learning and tutoring center that helps level the academic playing field for students from a wide range of backgrounds, state-of-the-art classrooms conducive to collaborative learning, and a design innovation space. The new funding builds on the foundation’s 2014 grant of $25 million to establish the research-focused Grainger Institute for Engineering in the college.
"We are deeply dedicated to providing an outstanding education for our undergraduate students," said UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank. "The Grainger Foundation's generous commitment will allow us to expand the range of experiences we offer to our engineering students, both inside and outside the classroom, to give them the skills they will need to design innovative solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems across a broad range of fields."