The gift of education. It’s the best investment anyone can make in the life of a young person. Its dividends last a lifetime, and continue to yield positive results for generations. A Maryland education enriches the lives of students from a broad range of backgrounds, bestowing incalculable benefits on their families and communities, our state, our nation, and our world. By supporting the education of Maryland students, you are unlocking talents that are vital in the search for solutions to the grand challenges of our time.
Can you imagine the student who will receive the scholarship or fellowship you establish? It might be a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. It might be a young woman who has served her country overseas. It might open doors to an unimagined career. It might make a childhood dream come true.
When you endow a scholarship or fellowship, you open up those possibilities not just for one student today, but for many students—in perpetuity.
Through an endowed gift, you can make a unique, personal mark on an entire field. You can also provide long-lasting, transformative support to an existing program, such as the Dean’s Scholarship, the Incentive Awards Program, the Terrapin Club or the Veteran’s Scholarship Fund.
With our endowment well below those of our institutional peers, your gift to endow an undergraduate scholarship or graduate fellowship can make a tremendous impact, providing tomorrow’s leaders with a world-class University of Maryland education, elevating the reputation of our entire institution and leaving an abiding, named legacy that will continue to do good long into the future.
The Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise
The Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise, the university’s largest need-based scholarship program, is your chance to invest in the most promising students from the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
With $50 million in matching funds from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and the University of Maryland, you can double your gift’s impact and change the lives of future Terps.
The scholarship fund will provide need-based scholarships covering both financial costs and substantive programming for students, who will participate in programs and activities that will support their successful transition into higher education and through to graduation.
The life-changing Incentive Awards Program pays for tuition, fees, and room and board for all four years at Maryland.
Your gift provides fast, emergency aid to students in circumstances so dire that they’re at risk of withdrawing from Maryland.
The mission of Maryland Athletics is to educate, develop and serve student-athletes through a culture of academic and athletic excellence.
We strive to help our student-athletes serve as role models and leaders on and off campus, compete at the highest levels in every sport we offer and build a foundation for a successful life after intercollegiate athletics.
It’s a privilege at Maryland to give our military veterans the best possible opportunity to transition to civilian college life, gain an education and have a rewarding experience on campus.
Through the University of Maryland Veterans Initiative, we’re leading the way nationally in providing student—as well as staff, faculty and alumni—veterans with the resources and support they need to meet their academic and personal goals. Your gifts help fund scholarships, counseling, career advising, social events, mentoring and other programs that allow veterans at UMD to succeed.
Scholarships don’t just open doors. They break down walls.
Making college affordable is one of the greatest social challenges of our time. For thousands of students every year, the University of Maryland is the gateway to fulfilling careers and economic mobility. We are committed to attracting the most talented and diverse students to College Park, regardless of their ability to pay for a higher education. Your gift in support of scholarships has never been more important.