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Image shows a male student reading a double poster-board Attitude of Gratitude card, which has been signed by students showing their gratitude for donor support of the institute. The card is on display outside with a large leafy tree in the background.

Thanks to Our Donors

Tuition alone can’t cover the costs of providing the nation’s top-ranked engineering education. To reach our goals, we rely on the support of our generous alumni, corporate sponsors and institute friends.

A Tradition of Giving

Our alumni realize they could not have completed their educations at Rose-Hulman without the help of others. As a result, they decide to return the favor by helping today’s students in the same way.

We offer many levels of giving from our 1874 Heritage Society and Chauncey Rose Millennium Society to the Rosie Circle.

Whatever level of support you can afford, know that we and our outstanding students are grateful.

Spotlight on Donors

Our donors are amazing people for many reasons. What they have in common is a desire to support our ambitious educational mission. 

!Warren Mickens

Warren Mickens

Trustee Warren Mickens (BSME, 1977) and his wife Joyce believe that for graduates to be fully prepared, they must learn in an environment where students, faculty and staff represent the widely diverse world. That's why they established a scholarship fund to help make a Rose-Hulman education available to underrepresented students. Mickens has not only donated monetarily, but also of his time. He returns often to campus for board meetings, and to speak to students about business and life, drawing on his wealth of experience that includes industry leadership and an MBA from Harvard.

!David Voltmer smiling and playing a banjo.

David Voltmer

A favorite with Rose-Hulman students for 32 years, David Voltmer has been a mentor in and out of the classroom and an award-winning educator. Now Voltmer and his wife Joan are giving back to the institute through significant financial donations to support the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and its students. The couple has joined Rose-Hulman's Chauncey Rose Society with total personal contributions between $50,000 and $249,000. 

!William Welch standing inside the Sports and Recreation Center with the running track behind him.

Bill Welch

Coach, teacher, mentor and friend, Bill Welch filled each of these roles during a successful 22-year career at Rose-Hulman that brought glory to the track and cross country teams. What Welch cherishes most is the time he spent in Rose-Hulman's former Shook Fieldhouse, the outdoor track, or the campus' front lawn helping student-athletes achieve their goals. Now retired, Welch continues to mentor current and future Rose-Hulman students through the establishment of a special scholarship fund.

!Sarah Sanborn

Sarah Sanborn

Sarah Sanborn (BSCHE, 2004) recalls using multiple resources to cover her Rose-Hulman tuition."When I was a student, I pulled together the tuition every way I could—outside scholarships, help from my parents, student loans, and financial aid," she says.  And then she was chosen to receive a competitive $1,000 Distinguished Alumni Scholarship. "Even $1,000 made a big difference to me and my family," she adds. "I decided right then and there that I would give $500-to be matched by P&G-every year, so that I could help a student in the same way. It's something I'll do at whatever level I can afford from now on."

Donors Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted in November 1993.