Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.




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State of Illinois

Since it was founded in 1985, the Academy has been primarily funded through the Illinois General Assembly. Approximately 79% of funding for IMSA is provided annually by the State of Illinois. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the state, and welcome state and federal legislators on campus to experience IMSA.

Foundations and Corporations

Corporations and Foundations provide financial support for IMSA’s programs through grants, matching gifts and sponsorships and their time and talent through their volunteer engagement. IMSA’s 650 residential students and the thousands of students and teachers in programs throughout the state and globe are able to experience unique programs and support because of these partnerships.


Parents of IMSA students and alumni are an important part of the IMSA family. Your generous support of the IMSA Fund provides everything from counseling services to student activities, from residential life programs to career services. Your gifts enrich the lives of your children while they attend IMSA, and encourage them to stay involved as alumni. Giving a donation is a way of affirming what IMSA did for your child and continues to do for others.


You have probably read “your participation is more important than the size of your gift” in an annual letter from the Academy. We often hear alumni, especially young alumni, say they don't give because they cannot make a big gift, so their gift won't have an impact. That's simply not true.


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