Mad Money
We are raising funds to build and support our MIT community, as students and for students.  
2018 Class Participation
11% Complete
We have until June 3rd, 2018, to keep a good thing going. Our Challenger will give $35,000 of funding for Mad Money Grants if we meet our goal!
2018’s Challenge
This year’s Senior Gift Challenger, Rob Scalea ’77 has our backs! He wants to support MIT students and inspire us to do the same. The more members of the Class of 2018 who participate in the Senior Gift Challenge, the more Rob will give to Mad Money Grants.
Here’s How it Works
2018 Participation
Challenge Reward
Rob is an active Alumnus and current Chair of MIT’s Annual Fund Board. Much of his involvement with the Institute has centered on programs for students and recent graduates, but he has also been dedicated to helping advance MIT’s efforts in its “Campaign for a Better World”. Rob is challenging our class to demonstrate our commitment to support fellow students and to help shape the future of MIT through participation in our Senior Gift.

Rob is doing so, in part, to honor the legacy of his classmate and friend, Dr. Renan A. Beckman.
Mad Money Grants
Funded solely by the Senior Gift Challenger since 2012, Mad Money Grants are a resource for MIT students to build and strengthen our community. The SAO awards grants to fund student groups to launch initiatives, travel, and purchase equipment. This year, MIT Admissions will also award Mad Money Grants for CPW events that promote community across campus.
Recent Mad Money Grant recipients
A Capella Studio Renovation
A Mad Money Grant funded the renovation of the MIT a cappella recording studio in 2016. The new space can now accommodate group rehearsals and recording sessions. It features a single-voice isolation booth, and can record high-quality audio and video. The studio has become a place for the MIT a cappella community to come together.
Alpine Ski Team
A Mad Money Grant enabled the Alpine Ski Team to purchase 15 custom speed suits for the 2013-2014 ski season. Sleek and aerodynamic, the suits are critical for peak performance. In a sport where speed is vital and victory may be determined by hundredths of a second, proper attire is essential.
TravlerPack (Formerly DuraBlanket)
A group of MIT students benefited from a Mad Money Grant for their startup TravlerPack: a durable,waterproof blanket that doubles as a sleeping bag and a backpack. This was designed for the millions of refugees worldwide who struggle to carry their belongings and sleep comfortably. Grant money was also used to send these students to London for the Hult Prize regional competition for humanitarian startups.
Rocket Team
Using their Mad Money Grant, MIT’s Rocket Team was able to transition from their award-winning solid propellant engine to their newly developed liquid bipropellant engine, Viper2. This required the team to develop new infrastructure, materials, fabrication methods, and supplies— an excellent opportunity for students to solve complicated engineering problems and within the aerospace engineering field.
Camp Kesem
With the support of a Mad Money Grant, Camp Kesem at MIT held their first weekend-long counselor retreat in April 2016. The retreat focused on creating a sense of community among the 80 counselors in attendance. The counselors worked in groups to practice handling difficult camper scenarios, as well as meaningful ceremonies like Empowerment and Fireside. At the end of the weekend, counselors left with new friendships and lasting memories.
MIT Sustainability Club
A Mad Money Grant permitted the MIT Sustainability Club to host MIT’s first Clean Earth Hackathon in April 2015. Students from MIT and surrounding schools, area professionals, and industry and government representatives gathered to tackle real-life sustainability challenges. Participants developed and presented concrete solutions concerning natural resource management, mobility in the modern world, environmentally conscious design and (re)fueling the next generation.
In 2015, MIT’s hip-hop dance team, Ridonkulous, celebrated their 10th anniversary with exciting additions to their annual Footwork Showcase. The support of a Mad Money Grant allowed Ridonkulous to bring well-known professional choreographer Ellen Kim to MIT. Following the success of Footwork, Ridonkulous and Ellen Kim hosted a series of dance workshops for the greater MIT community.
MIT Mirchi
With the support of a Mad Money Grant, the MIT Mirchi dance team traveled to Miami in November 2014, for Dance Ke Deewane, a national intercollegiate Bollywood-fusion dance competition. The team placed second among some of the best Bollywood-fusion dance teams in the country. Since competing, MIT Mirchi has been invited to showcase its talent across the US.
MIT Bhangra
The support of a Mad Money Grant allowed the MIT Bhangra team to travel to Dallas to compete in the prestigious Bhangra Blitz competition in February of 2014. The team won second place, allowing MIT to make its mark in the collegiate Bhangra circuit. The team’s experience created a strong sense of camaraderie and a deepened passion for Bhangra dance.
MIT Cycling
The MIT Cycling club received a Mad Money Grant in the spring of 2014 to renovate the club’s indoor cycling space and install a state-of-the-art multi-rider setup for power-based training. The club’s new equipment allows cyclists to use power threshold tests to set power levels for training, receive aggregated heat rate data, and track progress.
MIT Ohms
A Mad Money Grant allowed MIT’s South Asian a cappella group, the MIT Ohms, to travel to Baltimore for Humari Awaaz on May 3, 2014. The annual showcase is hosted by Johns Hopkins University and features South Asian a cappella groups from across the country, fusing South Asian melodies and rhythms with mainstream Western music.
Art of Living at MIT
Supported by a Mad Money Grant, the Art of Living at MIT hosted a campus-wide Yoga Remix on May 16, 2013, a unique event that combined yoga and meditation with live music in a dance club atmosphere. From a band singing Sanskrit chants, to glow sticks, students were able to relax, dance, and celebrate in a creative, substance-free environment.
Where is my money going?
What influenced your time at MIT? How do you want to support MIT students into the future? You get to choose what your Senior Gift supports!
Here are some ideas:
Scholarship Support/Unrestricted
Student Clubs/Living Groups
Research and Education
Student Wellness and Support
The Senior Gift is the total amount of gifts made by members of the senior class during the Senior Gift Campaign. All gifts, regardless of designation, are included in the total.
Although the minimum to participate is $5, the average Senior Gift is about $35.
Before Senior Week, 6/3/18.
Online, find a Senior Gift volunteer—there are plenty of us, look for our table in lobby 10 or the student center throughout the year—or at a Senior Gift event.
We accept all payment types: Cash, Credit, PayPal, Tech Cash, and even a check if you have one!
We don’t have one! Give to any MIT fund of your choice and your gift will help earn the challenge reward for Mad Money Grants.
Nope, that’s just a fund for the challenger, but there are plenty of great options: the Unrestricted Fund, Scholarships, Student Clubs, DAPER, Student Life and Wellness, UROP’s. Just ask a Senior Gift volunteer if you are having trouble deciding!
All Senior Gift donors will be recognized on our online roster, as well as a donor honor roll booklet at Commencement. Those who stretch with a $100 gift will be offered membership in the William Barton Rogers Society, the Institute’s leadership giving society. Members of the society are invited to regional events, exclusive to WBRS donors, from Commencement weekend through June 30, 2018! Class of 2018 WBRS members will also be recognized in the Commencement issue of The Tech, as well as in the 2017-2018 MIT William Barton Rogers Society Annual Report.
The Players
Kate Scott
Kate Scott / Senior Gift, Co-Chair
Course: 3 - Material Science
Living Group: Sigma Kappa
“After four years at MIT, I appreciate that many of the opportunities I've had are because of the amazing philanthropy of MIT's donors. I joined Senior Gift to start a tradition of giving in my class and promote every person's ability to give back to what they think makes MIT special.”
Mandy Lee
Mandy Lee / Senior Gift, Co-Chair
Course: 2A - Sustainable and Global Development, Minor in 14
Living Group: Maseeh
I joined Senior Gift to help others recognize what things have made their MIT experience better, and give them the opportunity to promote those activities for future MIT students. For me, this has been groups and programs such as the Varsity Softball team, the Cambridge-MIT Exchange program, and MISTI experiences which have been invaluable in making me who I am today.
Tomi Adelusi
Tomi Adelusi
Course 2
Phi Delta
Neil Aggarwal
Neil Aggarwal
Course 3
Next House
Coral Bays-Muchmore
Coral Bays-Muchmore
Social Media Coordinator
Course 5, Minor 7
Burton-Conner / Sigma Kappa
Billy Caruso
Billy Caruso
Course 6-3
De Xin Chen
De Xin Chen
Course 2
Alpha Delta Phi
Hannah Chen
Hannah Chen
Course 6
Off Campus / Alpha Phi
Haley Cope
Haley Cope
Course 21-1
East Campus
Deanna Delgado
Deanna Delgado
Course 1
Alpha Chi Omega
Ayomide Fatunde
Ayomide Fatunde
Course 10
Sigma Kappa
Jack Gordon
Jack Gordon
Events Coordinator
Course 6-3
Zeta Psi
Erick Hernandez
Erick Hernandez
Course 3
Taylor Herr
Taylor Herr
Zoe Hinton
Zoe Hinton
Course 2A
Simmons Hall / Alpha Chi Omega
Thank you to all of our generous classmates who made their Senior Gift this year.
Donors as of 03/14/18
Chantal Acacio
Virginia Adams
Neil Aggarwal
Sarah Aladetan
Abdulmohsen Alowayed
Julian Alverio
Alberto Ancona
Bettina Arkhurst
Coral Bays-Muchmore
Venita Boodhoo
Isaiah Borne
Molly Brennan
Alejandro Cabrales Hernandez
Jessica Chang
Arturo Chavez-Gehrig
Hannah Chen
Mark Chounlakone
Matthew Chun
Haley Cope
Caralyn Cutlip
Madhurima Das
Kimberly Dauber
Graham Davis
Michael Delaus
Deanna Delgado
Cedric Delmy
Corinne Drysdale
Yannick Eatmon
Laura Eckman
Hamilton Eng
Dane Erickson
Noel Esparza
Jessica Fang
Bryson Galapon
Gabriel Ginorio
Beatriz Gonzalez
John Gordon
Joel Gustafson
Andrew Hall
Ryan Hays
Anna Heidt
David Heller
Erick Hernandez
Zoe Hinton
Kelly Hoffman
Vivian Hu
Brian Huang
Jonathan Hurowitz
Kamoya Ikhofua
Quinlan Johns
Cory Johnson
Clay Jones
Tamara Kawash
Julie Kim
Sapna Kumari
Eric Lacava
Maxwell Lancaster
Michelle Lauer
Mariya Layurova
Amanda Lee
Nayoung Lee
Jennifer Lee
Jasmine Lennert
Christine Li
Stephen Li
Catherine Li
Caroline Liu
Jocelyn Lorrey
Trang Luu
Tomohiro Maeda
Arden Marin
Elizabeth Martin
Ashley Masucci
David Merchan
Zachary Michaud
Zachary Miller
Kevin Morrow
Richard Oates
John Nicholas Oconnell
Alexis Oriole
Alex Pacheco
Apekshya Panda
Jonathan Paras
James Peraire-Bueno
Kyle Pina
Smriti Pramanick
Ryan Prinster
Alexander Queen
Alejandro Ramos
Daniel Rigobon
Hannah Rudoltz
Brandon Sanchez
Tchelet Segev
Ariela Slutsky
Mary Spanjers
Alexandra Stanton
Haley Strouf
Jessica Sun
Fransisca Susan
Katelyn Sweeney
Ertem Nusret Tas
Megan Thai
Rachel Thornton
Sophia Tigges
Andrew Trattner
Isaiah Udotong
Alexandria Velez
Sydney Volanski
Mark Wang
Ethan Witt
Michelle Wu
Rachel Yang
Stephen Yearwood
Kimberly Yu
Erica Yuen
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