It’s a Tradition

It’s a Tradition

Last year, the senior class gave over $10,000 supporting the areas on campus of their choice.

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For bragging rights

Bragging rights

Greater financial support enhances programs, which leads to national recognition, increasing the value of your degree.

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The state isn’t

State funding is down

The state provides less than 19% of the University’s operating budget.

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Tuition doesn’t cut it

Tuition Alone
Doesn't Cut It

Tuition only keeps the doors open until January 17.

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Someone did it for you

Someone did
it for you

Each year more than 10,000 alumni, including graduating seniors, give back to enhance the student experiece.

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It matters

Every Gift Matters

Gifts of all sizes add up to make a big difference. Last year private gifts topped $14 million.

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It's a tradition

Each year, seniors participate in Forever Redbirds to leave their legacy at Illinois State by making gifts to the areas of campus that they love most. Make a gift to the area of campus that means the most to you.

Thank You

The following students have participated in Forever Redbirds.

  • Jessica Arroyo
  • Jeff Banka
  • Emily Bollin
  • Brittany Bromir
  • Philip Carter
  • Amanda Cation
  • Darrin Clutteur
  • Nicole Conway
  • Jaci Dixon
  • Rachel England
  • Lindsey Ewert
  • Erin Flynn
  • Rory Garrity
  • Maggie Hansen
  • Zach Hilligoss
  • Deepa Jain
  • Elizabeth Kovel
  • Justin Marxman
  • Diana Morgan
  • Taylor O'Sullivan
  • Tim Pierard
  • Eileen Reeves
  • Mandi Sangston
  • Luke Sokolowski
  • Ryan Special
  • Ashley Swanson
  • Dane Thompson
  • Alison Valadez

View the entire list of seniors who have made a gift to Forever Redbirds.


You may not realize it, but every gift makes a difference on campus. Annual support from students, alumni and friends allows Illinois State to continue to be recognized as a leader in higher education. The stories below share how students benefit from your support.

Year after tornado, Washington student thankful for scholarship article thumbnail

For Kristin Kouri, the two hours after a tornado struck her hometown felt like three weeks. That?s because the Illinois State University junior couldn?t reach her family immediately after the twister leveled their neighborhood in Washington one year ... Read more.

Video: Scholarship helps nursing student fight for his passion article thumbnail

Illinois State?s nursing program is demanding. It?s even harder for Michael Binder. The junior nursing major from Downers Grove doesn?t have a left hand. Read more.

From humble roots, Riggs family creates scholarship article thumbnail

The Riggs family is paying it forward for the next generation of ISU students by endowing a new College of Business scholarship. An additional seven-figure estate commitment is one of the largest in the college's history. Read more.