The largest gift ever to the college includes $20 million in support of the Strategic Targeted Achievement Recognition (STAR) scholarship program. The gift also will create and endow the Grainger Dean of the College of Engineering and fully endow or create seven Grainger professorships. The latest commitment brings the foundation's total support for the college to more than $100 million, including commitments of $25 million in 2014 and $22 million in 2015.
"I'm extremely grateful to the Grainger Foundation for the decades of confidence it has shown in the leadership and vision of our college," said Ian Robertson, the inaugural Grainger Dean of the College of Engineering. "This new funding will greatly increase our ability to extend an outstanding engineering education to an even broader pool of the nation's talented scholars, ultimately expanding the wave of UW-Madison engineering alumni who already are known for their skills and leadership at all levels of industry, academia, government, and society....And by allowing us to recruit and support faculty who care deeply about developing people and excel as researchers, it will allow our college to build on its hundred and seventy-year tradition of scientific thought leadership and discoveries that daily make a difference in the lives of students on our campus and of people across the globe."