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On Giving Day, Take Advantage of Matches to Maximize Impact to Scholars

Thanks to a number of matches, Supporters of College Park Scholars will have an opportunity to maximize their gift on Giving Day, Wednesday, March 9. Giving Day is the University of Maryland’s annual 24-hour fundraising effort.

Giving Day graphic with photo of students posing with their thumbs up and Giving Day URL, go.umd.edu/ScholarsOn Giving Day 2022, Scholars is raising money for the Scholars Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund provides co-curricular scholarships to Scholars students and undergraduate alumni seeking financial help in pursuing experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, research, service-learning and global learning. Though such experiences can be life-changing for students, they are often unpaid—forcing students to make difficult decisions around whether they can even undertake these opportunities in the first place.

On Giving Day, which runs from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, the following matches will ensure that donor impact to Scholars will be doubled, even tripled.

  • Mark Wellman Legacy Match: Gifts to the Legacy Fund will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5,300, in memory of Business, Society and the Economy Scholars Director Mark Wellman, who died unexpectedly in December. The fund has been made possible thanks to Wellman’s friends and colleagues in College Park Scholars and the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
  • Joseph Fund Match: Thanks to a generous match from the Joseph family, donations to the Kenneth A. Joseph Memorial Endowment Fund—which provides scholarships in honor of the late Media, Self and Society Associate Director Ken Joseph—will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.

Two campuswide matches will also enable donors to maximize their gifts to Scholars:

  • Clarvit Family Student Match: Gifts made by students—undergraduate or graduate—will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $15,000. Match funds will be made available at midnight, 9 a.m., and 8 p.m.
  • Recent Graduate Match: Donations by alums who graduated between 2017 and 2021 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $15,000. Match funds will be made available at midnight and at 12 p.m.

More on Co-curricular Scholarships

College Park Scholars’ co-curricular scholarships typically range between $150 and $500. The program awards co-curricular scholarships to as many as 40 students per year, which can total upwards of $12,000. Giving Day serves as the only source of ongoing funding for these scholarships.

In addition to the Legacy Fund and the Kenneth A. Joseph Memorial Endowment Fund, supports of College Park Scholars may also donate to the Rebecca N. Basena Kampi Memorial Scholarship.

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