Why Give

Scholarships

Students who are admitted to Emory University represent the best hope for the future—the future of Emory and the far-flung communities it serves. These young people are bright, engaged students whose accomplishments and drive have secured them a place here. Yet even among those exceptional students who make it into Emory, there are those without the financial means to afford the top-notch education they aspire to and have earned. Emory helps them get that education. In 2012-13, nearly $398 million in financial aid was awarded to Emory students. Approximately 60% of these student scholarships, grant, loan and work awards was provided by Emory. This is why scholarships are crucial to Emory. Philanthropic support designated to scholarships gives us the ability to create a class that includes the best students regardless of income. The result is a student body that better reflects the world outside our gates and, therefore, better serves that world. 

Research

Emory is recognized as one the nation’s leading research universities. From deep brain stimulation to treat depression to major breakthroughs in how we collect and understand information, from developing an AIDS vaccine to curating remarkable collections at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory is leading the way to a brighter world. In our labs and classrooms, in our libraries and in the field, Emory scholars—partnering with experts from proximate resources such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center—are reaching deep into the human brain and far into the solar system to discover causes and cures, to unravel mysteries, and to wrap their minds around big ideas. With federal research awards shrinking, Emory relies on private philanthropy now more than ever to drive research efforts. 

Faculty

Emory’s excellence emanates from the faculty—leaders in teaching, research, and health care. Donor gifts enhance Emory’s ability to recruit and retain the most sought-after and accomplished faculty in areas such as neuroscience, creative writing, information analysis, classical music, and geriatrics. Emory’s average class size is 19 students, and we strive to maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio to allow for more one-on-one interaction. 

In addition to teaching, faculty members mentor students and run programs, such as the Center for Global Safe Water and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, that carry Emory’s mission of ethical engagement and positive transformation into communities local and global.

Philanthropic funding enables us to recruit esteemed faculty members who attract additional talented scholars and garner more funding, keeping Emory competitive and driving achievement for the good of our students, the larger community, and the future.

Endowments: Invest in Potential. Invest in Perpetuity.

Endowments make up the root system of a university, helping it stand through unpredictable times when other sources of revenue—such as research support or federal funding—may waver. Because they are invested perpetually, endowments help sustain vital educational, research, and service programs. 

Here’s how an endowment works: a portion of the return on the investment is used for allocated purposes, while the remaining portion of the return is reinvested into the principal sum to create market growth. In this way, an endowment serves immediate needs and serves to create financial security for the future.

An endowment can be designated to support specific work that is meaningful to the donor or can be unrestricted, making it a resource for timely or critical priorities and opportunities. 

Establishing an endowment is a visionary and generous act that will benefit Emory, giving the institution a competitive edge now and far into the future. Donors who choose to establish endowed funds often do so in honor or memory of someone who has made a difference in their lives. In doing so, they also are making a difference, creating legacies of leadership and guiding Emory into the future.