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Giving to Crop Sciences

Help Grow the Department of Crop Sciences

Together we can feed and fuel the world. Help us solve global problems one gift at a time.

Your gift has never been more important. From funding scholarships to improving facilities, every gift directly impacts our students, faculty, research, and communities across the globe. Your support and partnership advance our research projects, attract the brightest students, and help us maintain our reputation as a nationally-ranked crop science program.

For information or to discuss options for making a major gift, please contact the advancement office directly at 217-333-9355 or email


To make a gift, select the amount for the fund(s) you wish to support, then click the “Continue” button below. You will be directed to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure online giving site for your personal and credit card information. To clear all inputs and selections click "Start over."

Crop Sciences Unrestricted Fund

The Department of Crop Sciences is able to fulfill its commitment to the land grant mission, in part, with gifts to the Crop Sciences Unrestricted Fund. Gifts to the unrestricted fund allow department leadership to solve the most pressing needs each year by applying gifts toward the greatest needs. The most common uses of the unrestricted fund include supplementing the department scholarship and fellowship offerings, enhancing our Extension presence, facility and equipment updates, student study abroad experiences, and individual travel requests for professional conferences at the regional and national level. 

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Crop Sciences Scholarship Fund

The Crop Sciences Scholarship fund assists in attracting and retaining the best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students to the Department of Crop Sciences, providing them with a world class education, and preparing them for success after graduation. 

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Crop Sciences Experiential Learning Fund

The Crop Sciences Experiential Learning Fund aims to provide graduate and undergraduate students with hands-on, real-world experience as part of a project, course, or professional development experience. Students who show an interest in enhancing their Illinois degree with these experiences can apply to the department for support but must demonstrate a need for why and how it will enhance their academic and professional career. Experiences could include study abroad, research, internship, attending/presenting at academic conferences, service-learning opportunities, and more. As demonstrated by Ph.D. student Niki Lee on a recent trip teaching integrated pest management and pesticide safety in Mozambique, these experiences can change the lives and career paths of more than just the students.

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