business people know that investing in the right place at
the right time can reap big rewards for those who know where
to spend. Smith alumni and friends know that a scholarship
given at a crucial time in a kidís life can make it possible
for a bright young person struggling with a financial need
to finish his or her education, meet his or her potential
and pursue his or her dreams.
A scholarship is not just a donation to your alma mater,
but an investment in the lives of the next generation of
leaders. Every Smith student enters the school with top
grades, a killer SAT score and a wealth of ambition. It
would be a shame for any of these exceptional young people
to be kept from their education because of a financial need.
The Smith Schoolís Scholarship Funds make the critical
difference in the lives of many a young person.
This is especially true of those students who come to
Smith as juniors. Most traditional, university-wide
scholarships are given to freshmen. This means that many of
our students who transfer in as juniors and have a financial
need really depend on the Smith Schoolís scholarship funds
to make ends meet. Scholarships make it possible for them to
focus on making the most of their education, rather than
figuring out where to scrape together the money for tuition.
The Smith School gave 180 scholarships last year. And for
the first time ever, every undergraduate student who applied
with a financial need received a scholarship. Every one. One
hundred percent! Thatís a statistic of which we can all be
proud. But while we were able to give each undergraduate
financial help, we were not able to completely meet every
studentís financial need, as the level of financial need far
outstrips our available scholarship funding.
Our need for MBA scholarships is also acute. Because
there are so few MBA scholarships available, Dean Frank
annually takes $200,000 from the schoolís operating budget
to alleviate the financial need of Smith MBA students, but
this drains needed funding from other school programs.
Additional MBA scholarships would benefit both the
individual students and the Smith School community.
If you are interested in establishing a current use or
endowed scholarship, please contact
director of development at 301-405-8141, or
assistant director or development at 301-405-9457.
Your gift to the Smith School Scholarship Fund represents
an investment in some of the brightest and most talented
young people at the University of Maryland ó young people
who will become the business leaders of the future. Please
use the enclosed envelope to make a tax-deductible gift to
the Smith School Scholarship Fund today.