University of Maryland

Long Game

Fan Turns Into Student-Athletes Supporter, Mentor

By Annie Dankleson

Despite living in Florida for much of the year, Stuart Bowers ’81 shares a suite at Maryland Stadium, tries to attend every home football game and road-trips each year to the men’s Big Ten basketball tournament. He even met his wife, Mary, at a 2001 game at Cole Field House, and now they cheer the Terps together.

“It allows us to meet more people equally excited about Maryland,” he says.

Bowers (below left, with family)supports student-athletes beyond the stands as well. The former Terrapin Club president funds a scholarship for a student-athlete, and has generously donated to Maryland Athletics, the Cole Field House Vision Fund, basketball and lacrosse. He’s also endowed a need-based scholarship in his father David Bowers ’54’s name for a student in the Incentive Awards Program. Now he’s committing to providing ongoing student-athlete support through a new bequest to establish the D. Stuart Bowers Athletics Endowment.

“You see how hard it is being a Division I athlete,” Bowers says. “It’s a full-time job. These kids are very dedicated, very impressive.”

Bowers, who grew up in the Baltimore suburbs, studied government and politics and enthusiastically watched Terps football and basketball while at the University of Maryland. After graduation, a Zeta Psi fraternity brother working at the asset management company Legg Mason encouraged him to apply for a position there. Bowers landed that job, and has been in the financial services space ever since, most recently as president of brokerage solutions at SS&C Technologies.

He’s enjoyed giving back to his alma mater, especially through the relationships he forms with the students he supports. Louis Dubick ’18, a recipient of Bowers’ scholarship, has experienced that firsthand. The third-generation Terps lacrosse player graduated in three years, is working on a master’s degree in finance and has a job lined up at Morgan Stanley in New York City.

“It’s been a constant contact, not only as a friend, but a support system,” Dubick says. “People like Stuart allow myself and my teammates to have this opportunity here. And this opportunity provides other opportunities.”