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exceptional by example: The Campaign for UMBC

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Many people are surprised by UMBC’s rapid rise as an Honors University. They want to know how we have come so far, so fast. The simple story is that the seeds for these achievements were present from our start 40 years ago. We established a culture of success, where high expectations and a nurturing environment encourage faculty, students and staff to reach beyond the expected.

The Alumni Campaign for UMBC carries this tradition forward by providing support to allow the next generation of UMBC students to aim high and succeed.


arrow The Fund for Teaching Innovation
arrow The Fund for Academic and Career Success
arrow The Graduate Student Success Fund
arrow Living-Learning Community Expansion
arrow The Black and Gold Scholarship Fund

The Fund for Teaching Innovation

Students need the support of a solid foundation in communication, quantitative and interpersonal skills to succeed in college and prepare for successful careers. Our academic plan includes initiatives to deepen students’ engagement in these areas through expanded writing and speaking requirements and innovative approaches to large introductory courses, including mathematics, English, chemistry and psychology.

The Fund for Teaching Innovation will provide support for faculty to develop innovative approaches to teaching writing, speaking and introductory courses, including support for developing new or enhanced courses and support for teaching assistants to complement large lectures with interactive learning opportunities.

Goal: $350,000 per year for five years

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The Fund for Academic and Career Success

Academic advising, tutoring and career development services are central to the culture of success at UMBC. We have demonstrated through a number of highly successful scholars programs that enriched student support services give students a critical edge as they work to make the most of their college experience.

The Fund for Academic and Career Success will enable us to extend the best practices developed in such Honors University signature programs as the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program and the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program to a broader array of students. The Fund will provide support for additional academic advisors, tutors and career counseling services.

Goal: $225,000 per year for five years

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The Graduate Student Success Fund

In a region in which economic growth is driven by knowledge, graduate education is vital to meeting workforce needs and producing the next generation of researchers. UMBC’s approach to graduate education is breaking new ground. Our graduate programs are increasingly interdisciplinary, enabling students to work at the intersection of fields where new approaches to problems are discovered. They encourage graduates to pursue careers within the academy and beyond. We have made an institutional commitment to be an inclusive, welcoming community for graduate students of all backgrounds.

Financial support for graduate students is a prime factor in pursuit and successful completion of master’s and doctoral degrees. The Graduate School Success Fund will provide scholarships for beginning graduate students, further develop support systems for current graduate students and award dissertation fellowships to ensure completion of the Ph.D.

Goal: $100,000 per year for five years

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Living-Learning Community Expansion

As the number of students living on campus grows, residence hall communities sponsored by academic programs have emerged as a new environment for living and learning. From the Intercultural Learning Exchange to a new community for exploratory learners who have not declared a major, students in these communities benefit from increased informal interaction with faculty, easy availability of peer study groups and advice, and community social programming.

Funds raised through the Alumni Campaign will allow us to reach more students with these supportive environments, expanding from our current nine communities to 11 communities.

Goal: $100,000 per year for five years.

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The Black and Gold Scholarship Fund

As higher education is increasingly viewed as a private investment rather than a public good, the combination of increasing tuition and declining financial aid is an obstacle to higher education for many talented low-to-middle income students.

More than ever before, merit scholarships and need-based aid are gateways to opportunity that allow students to pursue higher education. This support is also directly related to students’ academic success. Too many students today find it necessary to sacrifice study time and campus involvement to long hours of part-time work needed to pay tuition bills and living expenses.

The Black and Gold Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity to help current students close this gap through a commitment of $2500 a year for four years toward one student’s expenses. These funds will be awarded to students based on merit and financial need.

Goal: $225,000 per year for five years

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Gene Trainor
“There are very few times when an individual can say, ‘I am actually making a meaningful difference in someone’s life.’ UMBC’s Alumni Campaign is one such time. We are who we are today in part because of our time at UMBC, and the University’s success is very much a reflection of the achievements of its alumni. Let us continue to build a great University.”
Gene Trainor ’86
Chair, UMBC Alumni Campaign Committee