* Virginia Tech received $1.6 million from Roanoke's Via-Bradley College of Engineering Foundation to benefit the Charles E. Via Civil Engineering Endowment and the H.L. Bradley Endowment for Electrical Engineering.
* The Evolvian Company, an innovative software firm located in Chantilly, Va., donated more than $1 million in sophisticated computer software to the university to protect university computer systems from spam and other unwanted e-mail.
* The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle provided $364,000 to support the Virginia Initiative for Technology and Administrative Leadership that provides specialized leadership training for Virginia school principals and superintendents.
Two separate individual contributions of more than $1 million each will be used for student scholarships. A gift from the estate of Mildred S. Corder of Fairfax, Va., supports scholarships awarded in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. A similar gift from the Martha S. Van Oss estate in Howard County, Md., is earmarked for university-wide scholarship support.
Individual gifts of more than a quarter-million dollars include a contribution by Florence K. Roberts of Blacksburg, Va., and the Roberts family, including Dr. and Mrs. Kent Roberts of Blacksburg, Va., that established the C.R. Roberts Endowed Professorship of Clinical Veterinary Medicine in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
The athletics department continues to enjoy significant support from Virginia Tech family and friends. Donors provided the department with nearly $14.4 million in fiscal year 2002-03, an increase of $700,000 from the previous year and the ninth consecutive increase.
This is an especially critical period in Virginia Tech's quest for ranking among the nation's top-tier research universities. The consistent private support the university receives assures its continued prominence as a leading center of knowledge, scholarship, and scientific advancement.