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Mission & History


The mission of the Engineers' Foundation is to encourage and empower young people to become the next generation of engineers through scholarship opportunities, outreach to educational institutions, and promoting interest in engineering as a career. 


The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation of the Union League Club of Chicago was organized in 1963 by the Chicago Engineers Club, an organization of engineers supporting other engineers challenged by financial hardships, founded in 1903. The first meeting of the Board of Directors was held on October 4, 1963 at 314 S. Federal Street. At that meeting it was reported that on June 26, 1963 the State of Illinois had issued the certificate of incorporation for the Foundation. Said certificate was filed in the office of the Recorder of Deeds for Cook County on June 28, 1963. The Board officers present were Robert H. Bacon, President; David W. Jasper, Vice President; and Douglas Flood, Secretary and Treasurer.

Today the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation of the Union League Club of Chicago is built on the proud tradition of the Chicago Engineers Club, and now working to support the next generation of engineers.  The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation actively encourages all students to learn about the opportunities available in the engineering sector.  And whereas many early 20th century engineers were able to practice their profession without formal educations, the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation supports young people as they attain college-level engineering educations, vital for a 21st century career.