“To succeed, the United States must do two things: (1) discover new scientific knowledge and technological potential though research and (2) drive high-end, sophisticated technology faster and better than anyone else.
We must make new discoveries, innovate continually, and support the most sophisticated industries.
We must also continue to bring new products and services to market faster and better than anyone else, and we must design, produce, and deliver to serve world markets.
We must recognize that there are natural global flows in industry, that, the manufacture of many goods will inevitably move from country to country according to their state of development.
Manufacturing may start in the United States, then move to Taiwan, then to Korea, and then to China or India. These megashifts will occur faster and faster and will pose enormous challenges to our nation.”
Charles M. Vest (1941-2013), President Emeritus, MIT; Past President, National Academy of Engineering
Dr. Vest's comments delivered in 2005 are even more relevant today. If the United States is to remain competitive with other countries, it must invest in the scientific, technological, and economic future of the United States. Why give to the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation? Because it is your opportunity to invest in that future. Your contributions will support the best of our nation's medical, science, and engineering graduate students. For corporations, foundations, and individuals, the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation provides a unique and cost-effective way to provide direct support for the most promising scholars in STEM at five major research universities in the state of Illinois:
Illinois Institute of Technology
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
How Does Giving Help Illinois?
ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards provide an essential tool for acknowledging the best scholars in our partner schools. ARCS Foundation Scholars make a significant contribution to enhancing the prestige of our partner universities as well as participating in the growth of our area's economy. Through building networking opportunities, ARCS Foundation Scholars often choose to remain in our area after receiving their degrees thus strengthening the innovative capacity of our scientific, technological, and economic future.
How Do I Invest?
Named Scholar Award of $10,000 or more
A $10,000 donation provides one student with a one-year award in the name of the donor.
ARCS Illinois Scholar Award Fund
Gifts of any size may be made to the Scholar Award Fund. 100 percent of all donations goes directly to scholar support.
Gifts of Stock
Your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock or other securities. Please contact us at Illinois@arcsfoundation.org to obtain instructions.
Corporations and individual donors have the opportunity to support ARCS Foundation Illinois by underwriting the annual Scholar Awards Luncheon and other events at various levels.
Contact us at Illinois@arcsfoundation.org to obtain more information.
Corporate Matching Gifts
Many corporations encourage their associates to contribute to qualifying charitable organizations. A matching gift program offers a way to double associates' contributions to their favorite charitable organizations. Contact your employer to determine whether or not the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation is part of their matching gift program, and if not, how it might be added to the list.
All matching gift contributions go to the Scholar Award Fund unless otherwise designated.
Consider naming ARCS Foundation Illinois in your estate plan.
Contact us at Illinois@arcsfoundation.org for more information.
How Do I Give?
To make an online donation to the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation, please visit our online donation page.
If you shop at Smile.Amazon.com, you can designate "ARCS Foundation Inc. Illinois Chapter" as your charity of choice.
You may also make a donation to the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation by sending a check to the address below: