COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 10)  – The University of Maryland’s annual Giving Day event held earlier this week is all about our students – raising real-world funding to help our students succeed in the real-world.

That’s especially true here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where we have a greater percentage of out-of-state students than any other unit on campus. Funds to help us bring the best and brightest to Knight Hall – and help them complete their studies with the best possible equipment is an on-going challenge.

Your support for Merrill College on Giving Day went a long way towards helping us help our Terps – especially at a time when journalism is facing bigger challenges than ever before.

Giving Day Wrap-Up

#GivingDayUMD was Wednesday, March 8 this year.

Donors were given two choices: They could support the Penny Bender Fuchs Scholarship Fund or the Dean’s Discretionary Fund.

At the end of 24 hours, Merrill College raised more than $32,000 – 9th overall on the Leaderboard. Our 232 gifts broke the previous record of 203. We also won two of the contests – The Two Thousandth Gift and the Three Thousandth Gift – good for an extra $500.00.

Merrill College students worked to support the day in a way we had never seen since the event started four years ago.

A special video helped highlight many of the great things our students are doing – anchored by Cam Rogers and Chelsea Jones:

Videos by Bethany Swain’s JOUR262 classes and posted on Facebook were (and still are being) viewed many, many times. The video by student Lauren Koenig about senior Michael Stern gets top honors – 1700 views the last time we looked!

Thanks also to Josh Davidsburg and his Video Innovation Class for a couple of outstanding VLOGS we used Wednesday.

A number of interviews with Merrill students discussed the impact scholarships have on them and their fellow students – courtesy of Bethany Swain’s JOUR262 classes and student worker Carly Kempler:

Senior George Gerbo even did a standup supporting Giving Day from Indianapolis at the BIG10 Women’s Basketball Tournament:


Additional Thanks

Thanks also to CNS, our faculty and classes that provided short “Thank You” videos we posted to social media throughout the day. 

Thanks to the NPPA for being part of the day by shooting headshots. Carly even did a Facebook Live report about it!

Thanks to our Development Team of Lele Levay (who did a Podcast with Carly) and Kayla Newton who worked tirelessly throughout the day to help ensure Giving Day’s success. And of course, Dean Dalglish sent out more than one email about the event!

One fun factoid: BSOS (which came in second after Athletics) raised some $83,000+ with 611 gifts – or an average of $136.83 per gift. Merrill raised $32,215 with 232 gifts or $138.86 per gift!

So thank you to everyone for making Giving Day special this year – it will do a lot of good for our students.