The Foundation has been a pioneer in support of environmental education at the highest level by establishing three chaired professorships as follows:

Illinois Institite of Technology (

  • Max McGraw Chair in Energy and Power Engineering and Management (Chemical & Environmental Engineering)
  • Established 1988

This grant will enable the university to establish new educational and research programs directed at the energy and utility industries, building on its existing strength in those areas. This professorship will enable IIT to attract outstanding faculty and students in an area of critical importance worldwide. The McGraw Professor will play a leading role in implementing new programs in energy and power engineering management, which would address the human resources, research and analysis needs of the energy and power industries.

University of Michigan (

  • Max McGraw Professorship of Corporate Environmental Management (now part of the Erb Institute)
  • Established 1993

The holder of the professorship will be appointed jointly by the Deans and the Executive Committees of both the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Business School, now known as the Ross School of Business. This gift is to help increase knowledge and understanding of corporate management of environmental issues and problems through instruction and research in this and related fields. “The Corporate Environmental Management Program takes leadership in the increasingly challenging and urgent field of environmental management. Beyond recognition that no one discipline or field ‘does it all,’ the greater challenge is to figure out how to draw together and integrate various bits and pieces of relevant knowledge to understand and solve our problems better.”

J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University (

  • Max McGraw Chair in Management and the Environment
  • Established 1999

The Max McGraw Chair in Management and the Environment would provide Kellogg with the necessary resources to expand research activities, create new courses and cases as well as increase the outreach to entities concerned with the environment. As business and industry are required to take an increasingly leadership role in environmental issues, conservation will undoubtedly become more central to the definition of enlightened management practice.

The Professor will work closely with the Kellogg Environmental Research Center and the student-run Environmental Club and will help shape the school’s curriculum in this area. This scholar also will help to initiate case studies in management and the environment as well as assist in the development of environment-related executive education programs.

McGraw Foundation currently is working with The Associated Colleges of Illinois ( and their member colleges with the following two McGraw Foundation funds for support:

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Established in 1990, this resource is available to all member colleges. The fund provides many students emergency financial aid, allowing them to continue their studies and matriculate.

Scholarship Program

Requirements as follows:

  • Must have a significant unmet need
  • Plan to major in sciences
  • Renewable for 4 years
  • Contingent upon maintaining 3.0 average