Giving Stories

IIT donors have a passion for supporting scientific and technological breakthroughs made possible by the IIT educational experience. We hope you are inspired by their vision as you read their stories. 

Read the 2014 issue of Impact magazine for more donor stories. 


Marty Cooper and Arlene Harris
Marty Cooper (EE ’50, M.S. ’57) could not have made it at IIT without a little help from the United States Navy. A future electrical engineer, it was a Naval Reserves Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship that made it possible for him to study at IIT. Continue reading Cooper and Harris' story here.

Victoria King Meyer
Victoria King Meyer (CHE ’90) wanted more—more opportunities, more experiences, and more successes. After briefly attending community college, she remembered the campus she used to pass by on visits to her grandmother’s house in Bridgeport and decided it was time to give IIT a try. Continue reading Meyer's story here.

Ellen Jordan Reidy
Ellen Jordan Reidy’s (PSYC ’79, M.B.A. ’81) extensive involvement at IIT is the result of four words that guide her life: “How can I help?” It’s a phrase she learned from her mother, Dr. Ellen M. Jordan, who founded a school for young adults with special needs. Continue reading Reidy's story here.

Paul Schutt
Paul Schutt (PHYS ’55) traces his professional success in nuclear fuel manufacturing to the interactions he had with his professors at IIT. “It was an outstanding educational experience. When I went to graduate school, I was very prepared,” he says. Continue reading Schutt's story here.

Harold Singleton
When Harold Singleton III (CHE ’83) left Lane Tech High School in Chicago in 1979 for IIT, he didn’t realize how transformative his years at the university would be. After he struggled to find the funds to live on campus during his freshman year, an act of kindness from a near stranger helped him feel at ease with his decision. Continue reading Singleton's story here.

Denis Weil
An IIT alumnus is leading the overhaul of an iconic global company’s customer experience, so it’s only fitting that the word “innovation” is in his job description. Denis Weil (DSGN ’01) is creating new retailing concepts for McDonald’s Corporation in his role as vice president of concept and design in the Innovation Group. Continue reading Weil's story here. 

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