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Priorities and Initiatives
Different is good. Fraternities and sororities are unique in how they help traditional-aged students develop identify and clarify personal values. In order for our members to become the next generation of society’s leaders, they must acquire the knowledge, experience, and cultural competencies necessary to succeed in a multicultural society. We believe there is no better place to hone those skills than in a fraternity and sorority. The Diversity and Inclusion Fund supports academic, chapter-specific, and community wide programs and support staff that help chapters focus on fostering a more diverse and inclusive community.Give Now →
The Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life Director's Fund for Excellence provides critical funding to support operational costs related to advising, facilities, outreach, programming, and staffing within the department. Gifts in support of this fund will support the current-use distributions; if the fund reaches endowment level the funds will be transferred to support the endowment fund.Give Now →
Scholastic achievement and academic success are principle values of every fraternity and sorority at the University of Maryland. Yet some students are unable to afford to join because they cannot meet the financial requirements of being a student and joining a Greek-letter organization. The Fraternity and Sorority Scholarship Fund (FSSF) provides any student on campus the opportunity to join a fraternity or sorority and meet the financial needs of college.Give Now →
The Greek Centennial Fund was established in 2013 to honor 100th year celebration of Greek Life on the University of Maryland campus. The Greek Centennial Fund assists the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life in providing leadership programs and services to members of the Greek Community. Through this fund we are able to help members of the Greek Community enhance their student experience and prepare to serve as the nation’s leaders.Give Now →
In November 2013, Michael Luzio ’98 and Danielle Luzio ’98 established an endowed fund to support fraternity and sorority leadership development programs in the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland.Give Now →
Creating Your Own Scholarship
The experiences our students have both inside and outside the classroom prepare and guide them as future leaders. Your investment in UM students will pay the highest of dividends by giving them the opportunity to fulfill their boundless potential. Your gift may be measured in dollars, but the reward translates to lives forever changed and dreams fulfilled. We are pleased to provide individuals, corporations, and foundations with the opportunity to support two types of scholarships: endowed and annual.
Endowed scholarship and award funds start at $50,000. The larger the gift to scholarship or award endowments, the greater the impact it has in relieving the tuition burden or program cost. Endowed scholarships are invested in their entirety, and awards are made from interest earned. Traditionally over time, five percent of the corpus value is available for awards. Endowed scholarships are permanent fixtures of support for students at the University of Maryland.
An annual scholarship is a gift that is awarded in its entirety in the year it is given or for a set number of years. We suggest a minimum gift of $10,000 so that the award will have a significant impact on one or several students. The scholarship or award may be given to one student or divided among several. Annual scholarships provide for students on a yearly basis. In order to continue the award, the gift must be renewed. Once your annual scholarship funds have been awarded, you may renew the current scholarship fund by making additional gifts.
Today, you can leave a lasting impact on a University of Maryland student. Your gift will not only shape the course of their life forever, but also make a profound impression on your life and your family.
You too can make a difference in our students lives, just like Bill and Donna Richbourg did.
Bill and Donna Richbourg are proud Terp parents who felt that the University of Maryland welcomed their family with open arms when their son Billy was admitted. They quickly got involved through volunteer programs and started to think about ways to give back, above and beyond their time. They thought about what the students and faculty really needed from Maryland families.
It was at that moment that they decided to make a significant planned gift to the University of Maryland to ensure that students like their son Billy could go to school without any financial hesitation.
To discuss making a gift or leaving your legacy please contact Matt Supple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bequests are planned gifts as written in your will or living trust, in which you designate the University of Maryland College Park Foundation as a recipient of a percentage of your estate, a certain amount of cash, securities or property.
The official legal bequest language for the University of Maryland College Park Foundation is:
"I give to University of Maryland College Park Foundation, a charitable organization located at 4603 Calvert Rd, College Park MD 20740, [insert $ amount, percentage of residuary estate, or otherwise name gifted assets], for the [insert name of use, fund designation, or restriction, such as “for its general educational purposes”, “for student financial support”, “for the College of --”, “for the Department of –“, or otherwise state donor restrictions]."
Regardless of what you decide, make sure to let us know that you are considering placing the Division of Student Affairs in your will so we can ensure the right language is included. We would also like to thank you for your generous decisions.
Regardless of what you decide, make sure to let us know that you are considering placing the Division of Student Affairs in your will so we can ensure the right language is included. We would also like to thank you for your generous decisions. Generally, the older you are at the start of your payments, the higher your payments.
Corporate Sponsorships & Grants
Today, you can connect with students, faculty/staff, community members and even alumni by becoming a corporate sponsor and investing in the student programs that make Maryland such a special place.
Corporate sponsorships ensure that students connect with local and national businesses through important student programs that advance the campus community.
Corporate and Foundation Grants also play a critical role in advancing the work to support students. Whether they initiate or sustain program, grants ensure that both students and professionals have access to cutting edge resources and facilities on campus.
Your company’s investment in campus programs shows that you make Maryland students a priority.
DFSL Walkway and Order of Omega Brick Walk
For more than 100 years, the University of Maryland has been deeply committed to recognizing the accomplishments of Fraternity and Sorority members in our UMD community. In 2013, the dedication of the Greek Centennial Garden celebrated outstanding members of fraternities and sororities from nearly every chapter that has ever been on campus. During Homecoming 2018, we will continue to celebrate fraternity and sorority life at UMD as we present the Department of Fraternity & Sorority Life(DFSL) Walkway featuring the Order of Omega Brick Walk. Please visit Walkway Projec website to learn more about the Order of Omega Brick Walkway Project!
Frequently Asked Questions
For both endowed ($50,000 minimum) and annual scholarships or awards ($10,000 minimum), the donor may, in consultation with our staff, decide the name of the scholarship or award. Many people choose to name their scholarship in honor or in memory of a family member, friend, Maryland graduate, staff or faculty member. Scholarships can be named for an individual, family, organization, corporation, or other group.
Yes, we are happy to work with donors to create a broad set of criteria for a scholarship or award. For example, you may restrict the scholarship or award to a specific program, to students in a particular major, or to an undergraduate or graduate student. In addition, your scholarship or award can be awarded based on merit or need or both. Unfortunately, to comply with gift policies and IRS regulations, donors may not specify or select a specific student recipient.
We will create a scholarship committee based on the specific scholarship or award created. Selection committees will often include representation or input from the Office of Financial Aid, Admissions and a faculty or staff member from the from the area most involved with the scholarship or award.
Each spring the University of Maryland hosts an event to honor our scholarship and award donors and student recipients. In addition we would be happy to arrange a time for you to meet individually with the student(s) who have benefited from your generosity.
Each year we will send you a report on your scholarship along with a thank-you letter from your student recipient(s). If you are interested in contacting a student directly, you may do so if the student's address and telephone number appear on the thank-you letter. If you do not have this information, please contact us, and we will ask the student for permission to give out their contact information.
Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Inc., an affiliated 501 c(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents. Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor.
In addition to being honored formally at our annual scholarship event, the University of Maryland and the Division of Student Affairs publish an annual honor roll of all donors. Endowed scholarship and award donors and recipients are also profiled on our UM Celebration of Scholarships Website.