Letter from President Pines
The University of Maryland is a preeminent public research institution playing an outstanding role in tackling the issues facing our state, our nation and the world. At Maryland, we promote excellence in everything we do—teaching and learning, research, innovation, the arts, athletics—and we are committed to creating an inclusive, multicultural campus environment. Our Maryland family includes 388,000 alumni spread throughout the state, the country and across the globe, as well as a strong network of students, faculty, parents and staff. Together, we demonstrate Maryland Pride and strive to improve the health and well-being of all people.
Today, we face challenges that remind us how closely connected we are by our shared humanity: the struggle to contain a worldwide pandemic, the longstanding fight for racial and social justice, the ongoing and urgent issue of climate change. To meet these challenges, we must work together—with an even stronger commitment to excellence rooted in the values of our Terrapin community.
The widespread economic disruptions brought on by recent events have left many of our students and families struggling to make ends meet. For this reason, we are accelerating our efforts in the areas of student opportunity and accessibility in this final stage of our $1.5 billion fundraising campaign, Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland.
We also continue to seek increased support for our Student Crisis Fund, which provides immediate assistance to students facing an emergency financial need. And we are increasing need-based scholarship support through the Maryland Promise Program, established by the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. When fully funded, the Maryland Promise Program will include a $100 million endowment for need-based aid to undergraduate students from underserved populations.
I invite you to join us in this effort to build an even stronger University of Maryland of the future—more renowned for excellence than ever before. As we work together to support our university and one another, we show the world what it means to be a Terp. And we demonstrate that we are TerrapinSTRONG.
Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland