Every institution of higher learning is faced with increasing costs and shrinking state funding. The Chemistry Department at Virginia Tech benefits greatly from donations from its alumni, corporate sponsors, and friends in helping to bridge the funding gap. Working with its advisory council (the ‘DCAC’), the department has identified areas of need and matched them with specific funds that exist within University Development. Donors may designate their gifts to one or more of these funds knowing that their gifts will go directly to that area of departmental need.
The Chemistry Department has identified Undergraduate Scholarships, Departmental Operations, the Guest Lecture Series, and Graduate Student Support as critical to Departmental excellence. The table below provides a brief rationale for each area, along with the information needed to direct donations to that area of need.
Area of Need
Name of Fund
1. Undergraduate Scholarships:
Awarded according to potential and need
Chemistry Friends Scholarship
Dallas Kinser and R.T. Johnson Scholarship
2. Departmental Operations:
Supports meeting attendance by students, training events, safety and more.
Larry Taylor Excellence Fund
3. Lecture Series:
Brings outstanding speakers to campus, benefitting students, faculty and the university community
James P. Wightman Lecture Series Excellence Fund
4. Graduate Student Support:
Supports graduate education and recruiting in the Department of Chemistry by augmenting stipends for graduate students to make them more competitive, funding visits of prospective students to campus, providing travel funds for professional meetings, etc.
Harold McNair Excellence Fund
When you receive your College of Science Annual Fund letter or phone call, please earmark your support for the Department of Chemistry and one of these special funds. Simply make a notation on the gift card or let the caller know that you want to direct your donation to the Chemistry Department and then include the specific fund name and number.
To make an immediate contribution by mail, print out and complete the following form:
When completing the form, please click the button marked “Applied to a college, department or area designated below” and then enter the name and number of the desired fund from above on the line(s) provided. Finally, mail the completed form and your pledge to:
Virginia Tech University Development (0336)
902 Prices Fork Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Alternatively, you can donate online via the following link:
When donating online you must first click the blue button marked “Enter Your Own,” then type in the number and name of the fund you wish to donate to. An example is shown below:
For more information about these funds or to learn more about other ways to give, please contact Jenny Orzolek, Director of Development for the College of Science, at (540) 231-5643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you in advance for your support!
of $500 or more: