Student Support - Inspire Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Supporting a New Generation of Student Innovators

Carnegie Mellon students follow their passions with intensity. As part of Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University, we're asking for your help to support today's students. Your gift will: 

  • Support scholarships, fellowships and other financial resources that help Carnegie Mellon continue to attract the highest caliber of students
  • Enrich learning inside and outside the classroom, such as student research, athletics, campus life and student leadership initiatives
Learn about online and offline opportunities below.
  • Online Gift Opportunities to Support Students

    We are educating a new kind of leader here — the kind of student that perhaps only Carnegie Mellon can nurture. Expand this section to find out how to support our one-of-a-kind students through a gift at any amount. 


    • Carnegie Mellon Fund

      The Carnegie Mellon Fund directly benefits our students by ensuring the excellence of all educational and research initiatives and giving the university the flexibility to respond to existing needs and emerging challenges.Give Now »

      Student Educational Enhancement Fund

      This fund allows our students to participate in activities that enhance their education, such as study abroad and community outreach programs, interdisciplinary research projects, academic conferences, competitions and lectures.Give Now »

      Endowed Scholarship Fund

      This fund allows donors to support Carnegie Mellon students in their academic and leadership pursuits with a gift of any amount.Give Now »

      Endowed Fellowship Fund

      Graduate fellows are the heart of many of the leading educational and research initiatives at Carnegie Mellon. By supporting this fund, you help ensure Carnegie Mellon remains at the forefront of innovation in perpetuity.Give Now »

      Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG)

      Support the more than 70 percent of undergraduates who participate in the outstanding research opportunities offered at Carnegie Mellon. SURG funds support research fellowships, a yearly research symposium, students who present at conferences, work-study opportunities and a research journal.Give Now »


      Support the more than 80 percent of undergraduates who participate in university-sponsored physical activity programs. Not only do the intercollegiate athletic teams at Carnegie Mellon have a winning percentage, but student-athletes have a higher cumulative GPA than the general student body.Give Now »

      CMAP Legacy Diversity Scholarship Fund

      This is an endowed scholarship fund to honor and support the legacy of the Carnegie Mellon Action Project (CMAP) and the efforts of Dr. Norman Johnson, Dr. Marion Oliver and others like them who were instrumental in strengthening diversity at the university. By contributing to this pooled fund, donors ensure students from historically underrepresented populations, including African Americans, have access to a Carnegie Mellon education.Give Now »

Additional Ways to Support Students

In addition to the opportunities listed above (click on the + button to see online funding options), we offer several giving opportunities that can be customized to your needs. They include:

Student Life and Leadership Programs
Your gift will enhance the experience beyond the classroom, foster Carnegie Mellon values and ensure that the university continues to attract and retain the best and brightest students. Contact us.
ACS Legacy Scholarship: $10K ($2,500 per year)
Funding a Legacy Scholarship is an affordable way to assist a student in the school or college of your choice. It is also a unique opportunity to develop a personal and rewarding mentoring relationship with a student. Contact us.
Named Scholarship: $50K-$750K (full)
This endowed scholarship will make it possible for an undergraduate student to attend Carnegie Mellon when he/she may not have been able to otherwise. Contact us.
Named Fellowship: $50K-$1M (full)
This endowed fellowship will make it possible for a graduate student - the lifeblood of many university research initiatives and, often, a future leader in his/her field - to attend Carnegie Mellon. Contact us.
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Fulfilling our goal of $350 million in student support would allow more students to take advantage of:

  • Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Student Leadership Initiatives
  • Campus Programs and Athletics

Our Goal

Supporting Today's Students

Our students have big dreams. And every day they’re turning their dreams into reality with the help of CMU donors.

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Supporting Today's Students