Gifts in Action
Marcin Kleczynski is 28 and only graduated from CS @ ILLINOIS in 2012. He decided to make a major donation to establish a named endowment supporting the Computer Science Visionary Scholarship Fund as part of the Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative. He did this to help pave a way to the campus for entrepreneurially minded students because of his own experience while here. The new Grainger Matching Challenge goes a step further, doubling his, and all Engineering scholarship endowment gifts, up to $25 million.
Marcin came to the University of Illinois from the Chicago suburbs unsure at least initially how he would pay for his education. As a freshman, he founded Malwarebytes, totally under the radar of the department, but it became super-successful during his time as an undergrad.
Now, he’s paying his success forward.
New solar-powered irrigation pump empowers HIV+ women in Kenya
Illinois professor Brian Lilly leads development of "Majipump" —a low-wattage solar irrigation pump designed for subsistence farmers in the developing world. Working side-by-side with women farmers in Kenya, Lilly aims to stimulate both improved food security and economic development.