UMBC Launches its First Endowment Campaign

October 27, 1997 In order to attract and retain the very best faculty and students, UMBC has launched its first-ever fundraising campaign to build endowment support for student scholarships, faculty research, endowed professorships, faculty and staff development, and other programatic initiatives. The $50-million Campaign for UMBC is led by Honorary Co-chairs Robert and Jane Meyerhoff, General Campaign Co-chairs Earl Linehan and George Sherman, and Alumni Cabinet Co-chairs Scott Rifkin and Jack Mullen. The University has already raised 44 percent of its goal, including six leadership gifts of one million dollars each reflecting the diversity of UMBCs programs, from the sciences and engineering to the arts and community service.

The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Fellowships are annual monetary awards to enable faculty and students in computer science and information technology to pursue their research projects.

The Dresher Scholarships have been established by the Dresher family, longtime residents of Harford County, and will be awarded to high-achieving Harford County students.

The France-Merrick Scholars Program, begun in 1996, supports high-achieving undergraduate students with a strong interest in community service. While enrolled at UMBC, the students make annual commitments to community-service activities.

The Willard and Lillian Hackerman Chair in the College of Engineering is UMBC's first endowed chair and comes at a time when the University faces the challenge of recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty.

The Earl and Darielle Linehan Artist Scholars Program supports a merit scholarship opportunity begun in 1995 for talented undergraduates majoring in the visual and performing arts, who also have a strong record of academic achievement.

The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Chair in Biochemistry supports faculty who combine outstanding research careers with a commitment to mentoring students. The first recipient is Dr. Catherine Fenselau, an internationally recognized leader in the field of mass spectroscopy.

"We are honored by these special friends of the University who have expressed confidence in UMBC through their generous investments in our future."

- President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

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