Impact Stories

The Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise will enable the state’s flagship university to raise $100 million in need-based scholarship funds, which will be available to UMD students in perpetuity. This bold initiative supports the university’s vital focus on enhancing access, affordability and student success. In partnership with other donors, the Maryland Promise Program will ensure that talented students from Maryland and the District of Columbia have access to the lifelong benefits of a college education and graduate with as little debt as possible. 

Maryland Promise Scholarship Program updates

  • “I’m Grateful, Therefore I'm Loyal”

    YEARS AFTER AL CAREY ’74 graduated from the University of Maryland, what began as a brief campus visit turned into a defining moment of generosity.

  • A Promising Future for Agriculture Students

    Robert Frazee and his wife, Linda Frazee are giving back to help incoming Terps enjoy the same kind of experience through the J. Robert and Linda Frazee Maryland Promise Scholarship.

  • Why We Give

    Jeffrey ’75 and Michelle Rivest gave $50,000 to endow the new Jeffrey and Michelle Rivest-Dean’s Council Maryland Promise Scholarship. It will provide both financial and programmatic support to local undergraduates in financial need, with priority going to those seeking a degree in public health.

  • Opportunities Unlocked

    Jon C. Graff's ’66 passion is giving to worthy causes nationwide, including three new gifts totaling $475,000 at UMD. He says it’s “payback” for the university preparing him, albeit indirectly, for success.

Donor Impact

Albert P. Carey ’74
Passing the Baton
Albert P. Carey ’74 retired from the helm of PepsiCo North America last year, after nearly 40 years at the food and beverage giant. Carey has committed $1 million to fund scholarships for undergraduate students at Smith.
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Honoring Her Parents, Preparing Public Health Champions
Deborah (Deb) A. Rudy's parents were able to support her college dreams, but she understands that not all students are so lucky. That's why she established the Arthur and Frances Rudy Maryland Promise Scholarship, named for her parents, with a $100,000 gift.
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Incentive to Succeed
Arnold I. ’69 and Alison L. Richman ’69 gift will establish the need-based Richman Baltimore Maryland Promise Scholarship, with preference given to Incentive Award Program students. This portion, the largest Maryland Promise gift to date, will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Clark Challenge.
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