Philanthropic priorities

There are many different ways you can designate your gift to UMSI.  Learn about the areas where philanthropic support is needed most.


Inspiration – Student scholarship support

Your scholarship donations not only dramatically change the life of a future information leader, they also provide real-world benefits. As Dean MacKie-Mason mentioned in his letter, our alumni are making a big difference in the world. The demand for our students is high and growing. But the cost of higher education is an ever-growing challenge for our students. Today, we are able to provide 30%, or 130, of our students with some sort of scholarship support. We’re working, with your help, to increase that number. As we do, more of our students will be able to realize their dreams and have a profound impact on our world - thanks to you.

"As a student specializing in Information Analysis and Retrieval at UMSI, my dream is to pursue a career in data mining to assist government agencies and non-profit organizations to better distribute aid in developing countries. I want my career to be more than just a paycheck, and receiving a scholarship to attend UMSI allows me to focus on learning the necessary skills I need to better the lives of those less fortunate than I am. The generosity of my scholarship donor is a reminder to myself to push past the short-term struggles, and push even harder to focus on my ultimate goals. I hope one day to be able to help students achieve their goals just as this scholarship has helped me on the path to achieving mine." - Budi Wibowo, MSI ‘15, recipient of the Faculty & Alumni Scholarship

Innovation – Faculty research

UMSI faculty have been leading the country and the world in innovative research, scholarship, entrepreneurship and education since our beginnings in 1926. These faculty members have provided students with opportunities to explore new areas in information and library sciences fields and launch their own entrepreneurial ventures. In order to continue to recruit and retain the best minds and provide our students with experiences of discovery, creativity and innovation through both real-world problem-solving and research, we need your help. You can provide the funding that allows our faculty to innovate in the field and for our students. 

Impact – Helping the community and the world

Your support can help with projects that reach into communities from right next door to around the globe, providing new outcomes in everything from archives to health through technology and information. You can help fund new ways of learning, new types of teaching, and new opportunities for both students and the organizations where they work.

Improving UMSI – Annual Fund

For the past 90 years, donors and philanthropy have played a significant role in UMSI’s success. In the next 90 years, your support will shape the school as a place where great research and academic excellence occurs, where new ideas are generated and creativity is fostered, and where students and faculty take these ideas and boldly impact the world around us.

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