The McKelvey Engineering Challenge enables donors to have maximum impact on the areas that mean the most to them—and on the engineering school’s highest priorities. The challenge matches gifts and commitments for engineering scholarships, professorships, research, and programs, as well as for the McKelvey Engineering Annual Fund, James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall, and Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall. By participating in the challenge, Washington University’s alumni, parents, and friends are expanding opportunities for students, bolstering cutting-edge research, providing modern facilities, and much more.

Endowed Scholarship Support: 2-to-1 Match

For every dollar committed to a new or existing endowed scholarship, the challenge will provide two dollars to support students.

Students choose to attend McKelvey Engineering because of the strength of its academics and research, an environment that encourages exploration, and the opportunity to collaborate with innovative peers and faculty. These students draw from all fields—from computer science and bioengineering to materials science and clean energy—to meet today’s most critical challenges and to prepare for those of the future.

Scholarships help make a top-tier educational experience attainable for engineering students from all backgrounds, regardless of their financial circumstances. The goal of an endowed scholarship is to ensure that resources for student support will always be available. Almost half of engineering undergraduates and a majority of graduate students receive financial assistance. A unique bond often develops between sponsors and students and the awards often inspire recipients to help future generations of students. Endowed scholarships create a lasting legacy, continuing to benefit students for as long as the university endures. For additional information about endowed and annual scholarship match opportunities, see the scholarship challenge brochure (PDF).

Gifts to Support McKelvey Hall Or Jubel Hall:
2-to-1 Match

For every dollar committed to support McKelvey Hall or Jubel Hall, the challenge will provide two dollars to be used for the engineering dean’s highest priorities.

World-class teaching, learning, and research require state-of-the-art facilities. These sophisticated spaces make possible the cutting-edge efforts of faculty and students alike as they explore and create at the intersection of science and technology.

The engineering school has greatly expanded its footprint on the east end of the Danforth Campus with two new buildings. Henry A. and Elvira H. Jubel Hall opened in May 2019, and James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall is scheduled for completion in 2020. These facilities will pave the way for the school’s future of excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service to society.

Jubel Hall and McKelvey Hall offer a variety of spaces that may be named in recognition of facility support, from classrooms and laboratories to conference rooms and offices. Spaces named in this way will retain these names throughout the life of the building, providing a lasting testament to donors’ dedication and generosity. Investment in these facilities helps to ensure that engineering faculty and students will have every tool they need to learn and discover.

Professorships: Dual Match Opportunity

Engineering professors are preparing the next generation of innovators and change-makers with creative instruction and comprehensive mentorship. Through their own pathbreaking research, these thought leaders also are transforming the way we approach some of today’s most critical challenges. As WashU’s engineering faculty—both emerging luminaries and established leaders—advance discovery, the students who learn from them and work alongside them benefit immeasurably.

Endowed professorships are critical to recruiting and retaining outstanding educators and researchers, and distinguished professorships provide even greater resources to advance their work. Career-development professorships enable the university to cultivate promising early faculty.

The McKelvey Challenge presents an exceptional opportunity to make an enduring investment in faculty. Endowed gifts to establish named professorships are a lasting tribute to the donor and any person the donor wishes to honor.

Elevation Funding

Of all the areas of support eligible for the McKelvey Challenge, professorships provide the greatest return on investment. That is because this innovative challenge matches professorship support simultaneously in two ways. Elevation funding supplements each donor’s qualifying professorship gift or commitment so that it meets the university’s endowment minimum for the position type (see chart below or professorship challenge brochure PDF).

Additional 2-to-1 Match

In addition to the elevation funding provided, for every dollar a donor contributes to create a professorship, the McKelvey Challenge will earn two dollars for the engineering dean’s highest priorities.

Computing + X

Computers drive nearly every aspect of our lives, a truth that has inspired McKelvey Engineering to launch Computing + X, an initiative to connect computational thinking with other fields. Through Computing + Music, Computing + Political Science, or Computing + other disciplines, we are transforming how research is conducted and how computer education is taught across boundaries. For Computing + X professorships, the McKelvey Challenge offers its elevation match to benefit the discipline outside the engineering school, as well as the 2-to-1 additional match to benefit the engineering school.

Limited Funds Available

McKelvey Challenge funds allotted to match professorship gifts and commitments are very limited. We suggest that donors interested in establishing such positions act quickly.

Annual Fund: Variable Match

The McKelvey Engineering Annual Fund is crucial to enhancing the school’s impact and leadership. Donors to the fund provide critical unrestricted support. These essential resources enable the engineering dean to respond to the school’s highest priorities and most urgent needs.

Annual Fund gifts and commitments at all levels are eligible to be matched by the McKelvey Challenge. The ratio of challenge credit earned differs by level of Annual Fund support and type of commitment. All contributions are powerful investments in the school, its faculty and students, and their significant efforts to improve our world.

Annual Fund gifts can be directed to the following:

  • Dean’s Fund, for the dean’s highest priorities
  • Annual scholarship support
  • Student Project Fund
  • Women & Engineering
  • Discovery Competition

McKelvey Engineering New Eliot Society Member Challenge

Annual Fund gifts of $1,000 or more qualify for membership in the William Greenleaf Eliot Society, which comes with several benefits including:

  • Acknowledgment in the Eliot Society Honor Roll of Donors.
  • Invitations to special regional events.
  • Parking privileges on the Danforth Campus. (Restrictions and/or campus parking rules and regulations apply.)

Eliot Society members provide the largest source of unrestricted funds for the university. Contributions from Engineering Eliot Society members provide essential support for scholarships, graduate fellowships, undergraduate research, international study, lab equipment, and so much more.

The McKelvey Engineering New Eliot Society Member Challenge will match new engineering Eliot memberships over a three-year pledge period. It gives alumni, parents, and friends the opportunity to join the Eliot Society and support the Engineering Annual Fund with a starting gift of only $500.

All Other Engineering Support: 1-to-1 Match

For every dollar committed to engineering programs and designations not listed on the preceding pages, the McKelvey School of Engineering will earn an additional dollar.

Donors may designate their support to a specific department, program, or initiative of interest within the engineering school. These efforts  enrich the work and experiences of faculty and students and advance schoolwide priorities, such as entrepreneurship and global outreach.

Academic Departments

Biomedical Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Electrical & Systems Engineering
Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Selected Centers & Initiatives

Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering
Center for Engineering Mechanobiology
Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization
Data Sciences for Humanity
Imaging Sciences
Nano Research Facility

Selected Student Support Programs

International Experience Program
Undergraduate Research Scholars
Engineers in the Community Program