Endowed gifts: Enduring support

A gift of endowment to the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences is a permanent investment in the college, its students, and faculty.

Only the income and related gains from most endowment funds can be spent; the principal cannot be touched.

The income from an endowment created to support the college provides us with an ongoing source of funding that grows over time; as the invested principal increases, so does the annual payout for the school's use.


A gift of endowment can transform the college and shape the course of science and engineering:

  • the most accomplished faculty are recognized and honored with endowed professorships
  • the investment the college makes in a new faculty member from endowed start-up funds is returned many times over during the productive career that follows
  • many generations of students and faculty benefit from a gift of endowment to the school


You may name your endowment and pledge for up to five years. If you donate $250,000 or more, you will be further recognized in the annual report as a member of the President’s Circle.


You’ll also receive an annual financial report on the endowment principal from the Northern Arizona University Foundation Office as well as regular reports on the use of the proceeds of your endowment funds from the Dean of the college.

The following are examples of endowments; individual funds may be tailored to match your specific interests.

Endowed Scholarship


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


Graduate Fellowships

$250,000 to $400,000

Endowed Professorships


Endowed Distinguished Professorship


Endowed Chair

$1 million

Endowed Distinguished Chair

$1.5 million

Find out more by contacting a member of our development team