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

  • $6.8M Gift to Extend Opportunities to Underserved Montgomery County Students

    A nearly $7 million gift from a Boston couple will significantly increase the size and long-term impact of a University of Maryland program that supports promising students from selected areas of the state.

  • “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

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$1.5M Gift to Expand Students’ Public Health Experiences
A new $1.5 million gift to the University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH) will support efforts to prepare a new generation of public health leaders to confront challenges ranging from disease pandemics to systemic racism, the climate crisis and more.  
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Student celebrates graduation on McKeldin Mall
$6.8M Gift to Extend Opportunities to Underserved Montgomery County Students
A nearly $7 million gift from a Boston couple will significantly increase the size and long-term impact of a University of Maryland program that supports promising students from selected areas of the state. Starting in Fall 2021, five freshmen from Montgomery County each year will be awarded four-year scholarships, receive mentoring and join a tight-knit peer community in the Incentive Awards Program (IAP)—which until now comprised students in Prince George’s County and Baltimore—through the funding from Phillip and Elizabeth Gross and a matching grant from UMD and the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise Program (MPP).
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McKeldin Mall
Global Giving, Campus Focus
As COVID-19 cases surge again, UMD hopes to build up the Student Crisis Fund, featuring it among 24 university fundraising projects that donors can support during Giving Tuesday today. Held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the global movement began in 2012 as a way to encourage people worldwide to collaborate, donate and do good. The Giving Tuesday organization reported $511 million raised online in the U.S. during last year’s event, with UMD raising more than $49,000 from 363 gifts.
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