MIT’s Campaign for Students launched publicly in October 2008, and aims to raise at least $500 million to fund scholarships and fellowships, along with major new support for student life and learning. The Campaign is an opportunity to generate resources that will empower students and prepare them to become global leaders — ready to take on the world’s most challenging problems.

The success of the Campaign for Students will have a direct impact on MIT’s top priorities, including energy, cancer, and global initiatives. Programs such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), and graduate fellowships in energy or in the Koch Institute connect the Campaign for Students with other Institute goals. Thanks to the generosity of more than 20,000 alumni and 8,500 friends, the campaign has achieved 65 percent of its $500 million goal as of May 2009. The Campaign for Students will conclude with the observance of MIT’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2011. For more information on the campaign, visit