We can’t do what we do without the support of companies and people just like you.
Your financial support helps us provide advanced fabrication equipment, updated facilities, increased scholarships and a design/build program that is second to none. It also underpins our efforts to recruit the top faculty and students and fund research to solve today’s urgent environmental problems.
Endowed gifts are long term and make the biggest impact. An endowed gift is made up of a donation that is invested, and the interest from the investment provides recurring scholarships, travel awards or other long-term support for students and faculty.
College Fund for Architecture and Design
Supports academic excellence in the College of Architecture and Design. The College Fund rewards faculty, provides scholarships, upgrades equipment, and underwrites experience learning and study abroad, among other uses.
These funds give our schools leverage to enhance technology, support research and provide programs for students:
Architecture Development Fund
Interior Architecture Development Fund
Landscape Architecture Development Fund
School of Design (Graphic Design) Fund
Annual Gift for Scholarship/Travel Awards
Off-campus study is required for undergraduate Architecture students and highly encouraged by the schools of Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Students also sometimes need support to attend conferences and other learning opportunities. An annual gift can open these possibilities for students.
We will work with you to create the best way to help you make a difference.
Through our on-campus summer design camp, we introduce high school students to the design fields.
Not only is our Summer Design Camp a key recruiting program for us, but engaging future designers at the high school level also is an excellent way to increase the number of people in the field from underrepresented populations, an important focus in the industry. Also, camp provides an experiential way for students to determine if design is the right future for them.
We have seen our campers become students and graduate with degrees in the design fields.
We encourage you to engage in your respective communities to locate and financially support students who want to attend Summer Design Camp. You can locate students through high school career advisors, local non-profits that support youth development and community organizations that support specific underrepresented groups.
Josh Shaffer, president of AIA East Tennessee Chapter, stated, “Our K-12 and JE+DI committees want to provide students with the opportunity to pursue their interest in the field and shape the future of the profession as well as seek to improve the built environment.”
Individuals also can make a difference. Mrs. Cate Bradshaw along with family and friends established the Kenneth J. Bradshaw Design Camp Scholarship Endowment to support students from Shelby County, TN, to attend the summer camp. Her late husband, Ken, who had wanted to be an architect, retired from the UT Health Science Center as director of Facilities Administration on March 6, 2020. He had developed a plan to launch a youth mentoring program, but unfortunately, two weeks after retirement, he was the first person to die from COVID-19 in Shelby County. Read Ken and Cate Bradshaw’s story of generosity.
Support a student to attend our camp—and make an impact on the future of the college as well as the profession. If you are interested, please reach out to Pamela Canella Treacy at PamelaTreacy@utk.edu.