New Microgrant Program,
weR Gold, Supports Student Groups
WeR (The Spirit of Rensselaer Society), a student program run by the Office of Alumni Relations, has created a new program called weR Gold, in conjunction with the Annual Fund, to help provide funds for Rensselaer student groups and student-run projects. Projects represent all aspects of academic and student life, giving donors the opportunity to support a project they are passionate about.
“We have an extremely talented student body, and as alumni, this is a new, grassroots way for us to contribute to new projects and ultimately bring student ideas to reality.”—Donald Pendagast III ’07
Gifts to weR Gold help to enrich the student experience at Rensselaer. All of the projects are student-run, grassroots, and impactful, according to the group. According to Jacob Andrews ’15,
“When you first go to college all your friends and family tell you that you will not be able to do everything you did in high school. The great thing about RPI is you can. RPI has so many great clubs and organizations that everyone can join what they want. The goal of weR Gold is to get the extra cash so these clubs can keep doing their thing.”
Clubs chosen to participate in weR Gold include: RPI Clothes Closet, providing free professional clothing to Rensselaer students; RPI Embedded Hardware Club, for their small parts vending machine; RPI Players, in need of touch screens and a fader wing; Design/Build/Fly, affording students airplane design experience; and Engineers Without Borders, developing clean water for Isla Popa II, Panama.
“We have an extremely talented student body, and as alumni, this is a new, grassroots way for us to contribute to new projects and ultimately bring student ideas to reality,” said Donald Pendagast III ’07, young alumni co-chair, Annual Giving Leadership Council.
To learn more about weR Gold and the featured student projects, go to alumni.rpi.edu/wergold.