Supporting the School
We are very excited about the opportunities that the Myers-Lawson School of Construction brings to construction education at Virginia Tech. If you share in that excitement and wish to be involved you should contact the director at: Brian Kleiner,
We have listed below some of the ways you can provide support to the School and it's vision to "be the constant beacon for innovation and excellence in construction education, research and outreach."
Give a General Monetary Gift to the School
You can always send a general cash gift or charitable contribution to the school. If you have a special designation for your cash gift, please include that information. The School will use your gift in the manner that you have chosen. If you do not designate a use, we will use it to fill a current budget shortfall. This type of gift falls under the IRS regulations as a charitable contribution.
To give by mail, complete this form and send along with your check to: Stephanie Randel, Myers-Lawson School of Construction (0188) Blacksburg, VA 24061 Please make your check payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation.
Establish a Scholarship
A scholarship fund can be established for almost any level of funding in your name, your company's name or in someone's memory. The specifications for the scholarship can be tailored to your desire. A scholarship fund can be an annual offering or you can build the fund as an endowed account that will sustain a certain level of annual scholarships. As a company, you might wish to establish a scholarship based on need, or merit, or even one that requires someone of strong leadership. The reipient would be chosen by the staff or faculty here at the school, but according to your specifications. For more information or to set up a scholarship contact Stephanie Randel by email or by phone at (540) 231-3804.
Establish an EndowmentThe Minimum Amount: $25,000 and increases depending on the kind of endowment fund you wish to establish. You can establish your endowment on behalf of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction with a gift of cash, securities, real estate, or other assets. The school and the university will work with you to create a fund agreement that will guide the use of your gift both now and in the future. Your endowment can be named to recognize your support, to honor a favorite professor, or to remember loved ones. Your endowment can provide support for scholarships, graduate research, programs, professorships, unrestricted funding, and more. You may create one endowment or many. For a complete listing of the types of endowments you can create and the many different ways to fund an endowment, go to the VT Foundation website. For further information or to establish your endowment, please contact the School at (540) 231-3804.
Establish a ProfessorshipMinimum Amount: $1 million. Professorships honor the career contributions of faculty members to an academic discipline, to the school or college, and to the university. Professorships are traditionally named for faculty members who have made substantial scholarly and other contributions while at the university. By providing stipends and other enhancements to faculty members currently tenured at the university, professorships recognize and reward faculty members whose work is of the highest quality. Professorships are often funded through endowment gifts from many individuals who wish to honor a former faculty member. Donors who provide these gifts support and recognize some of the university's most prominent scholars.
Establish a Graduate Teaching AssistantshipMinimum Amount: $200,000. A graduate teaching assistantship provides tuition support and a small stipend for one graduate student each year. The graduate assistant will provide teaching assistance to full-time faculty members. The graduate teaching assistantship may be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor.
Virginia Tech benefits from a surprising range of gifts of tangible personal property and gifts-in-kind such as artwork, architectural drawings, athletic equipment, collectibles, books, supplies, and many other items. Both the value to the university and your potential tax benefits depend upon the use of the gift. If your gift qualifies as "related use" - that is, if it will be used by the university to accomplish its mission - you can deduct the property's full fair market value.
Examples of such gifts have included musical instruments used by student performers, scientific specimens for study and exhibit, and equipment used by researchers. For tangible personal property gifts with "unrelated use," the donor can typically deduct the cost basis, usually the purchase price paid by the donor for the property. To learn more about donating tangible personal property and gifts-in-kind, contact Stephanie Randel at (540) 231-3804 or by email.