Shaping the Future of Engineering Today!
Fifty years ago, on February 7, 1964, the Tennessee State Board of Education accepted
a resolution authorizing then-Memphis State University to accept a gift from Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert Herff to establish a master’s degree program in engineering science.
In May 1965, the Board approved an undergraduate engineering program – and so began
the Herff College of Engineering.
The time has come for the Herff College of Engineering to secure our future as one
of the nation’s leading destinations for both prospective engineering students and
industry recruiters. As we celebrate our rich 50-year history of engineering education
at the University of Memphis, we invite you to join us as we look to the next 50 years
and continue to transform the educational experience of our students.
How can YOU shape the future of Memphis Engineering?
Contribute to a Student Scholarship…
Your gift will allow the Herff College of Engineering to recruit high ability engineering
students. Funds will also be used to assist students with overcoming financial obstacles.
Support Herff Faculty…
An excellent education requires excellence in teaching and research. Your gift will
allow us to seek the best and brightest educators and researchers to provide the most
academically rich environment possible for our students. Click here.
Provide General College Support…
Your gift will position the Herff College to gear up for the next 50 years! Funds
will allow the College to provide facility improvements as well support student organizations,
new initiatives and other opportunities that would go unfunded. Click here.
By making a gift to the Herff College of Engineering, you will ensure that excellent
educational opportunities continue.
We make giving easy. You may make your gift:
By credit card: Click here to make a gift online
- Click on the “College/School/Department/Other” button
- Scroll Herff College of Engineering and enter amount in adjacent box.
- for department specific contributions, enter the name of the department in the “Other”
box near the bottom of the list
- Make your check payable to the University of Memphis Foundation
- Denote “Herff College of Engineering” in the memo section
The U of M Foundation
P.O. Box 1000
Memphis, TN 38148-0001
- Or personally deliver your check to The Alumni Center at 635 Normal Street. Office
hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
By phone: call 901.678.3953
By automatic draft: Download the Automatic Bank Draft form and return to the Gift Records Department.
If you own securities that have appreciated in value over time, you may owe a substantial
capital gains tax if you sell them. But, if you use such assets to fund a charitable
gift, you may completely avoid the capital gains tax while enjoying a federal income
tax deduction for the full value of the securities. For maximum tax benefits, it
is usually best to give securities that have increased in value the most since you
have owned them. It is also possible to make a gift with appreciated securities in
a mutual fund. For information on donating securities, please call Bobby Prince in
the Development Office at 901-678-1335.
You can leave a lasting legacy for the University of Memphis through a will, living
trust or retirement plan. The process is very simple and your gift benefits the University
for generations to come. For information about planned gifts, please call Dan Murrell
at 901.678.2732 or click here.
Employer Matching Gifts
Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching
their philanthropic support. At the University, donors receive credit for their employers'
matching gifts. To find out if you work for a company that matches gifts, visit www.matchinggifts.com/memphis. You may also consult your human resources office, which will provide you with a
matching gift form.
The Herff College of Engineering has a long and successful history of collaboration
with business and industry. Corporations sponsor research projects, hire interns and
co-ops, fund educational outreach programs, sponsor student organizations and fund
For more information on how your company can support the College or to learn more
about making a gift to a specific area, please contact the College's Director of Development,
Susan Armacost at 901.678.1537