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"To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required"

Do you remember your first days as a Meyerhoff? Throughout Summer Bridge, you made friends who stoked your curiosity and inspired a spirit of healthy competition that allowed you to grow not only as a scholar, but as a person. As you progressed through the program, the Meyerhoff staff supported you, helping you ace the tough exams, and acting as mentors through times of success and challenge.

As a graduate of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, you know the experience you were given at UMBC was priceless. However, in these hard economic times, it becomes necessary to think realistically about the costs of our Meyerhoff Scholars Program. In recent months, the endowments supporting the program have declined and although the program remains strong, alumni support is necessary to maintain the resources that make it so successful, including:

* Scholarships (tuition, fees, room, and board)
* Summer Bridge instruction, transportation, room, board, activities, textbooks/materials
* Student conferences, seminars, and summer internships
* Marketing and recruitment and day-to-day administrative operations

The annual Meyerhoff Cohort Giving Challenge allows you to demonstrate your appreciation for the program that gave you so much, as well as your commitment to future Meyerhoff Scholars. Last year, 165 alumni made a gift or pledge totaling $17,700. We would like to surpass that amount this year by increasing the number of donors and raise a minimum of $22,000. As of today, 69 donors have made gifts or pledges totaling $8,000 and we hope you will be a part of surpassing our goals.

Last year, the M1 cohort won the giving challenge; as of early June, the M6 cohort is in the lead for the 2009 prize, recognition on a special plaque in the Meyerhoff Office. The academic and career achievements of Meyerhoff graduates speak volumes about the Program’s impact. However, the level of support of the program by its own alumni is just as important in measuring the program’s success over time.

As it is said, “To whom much is given, much is required.” Make a commitment to the future of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program by making your gift before the deadline of June 30.

To make a gift, click here

Posted by Earnestine Baker on June 23, 2009 4:09 PM |

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