Giving Day 2016 Wrap

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism raised almost $20,000 in donations to help our students and programs March 3 during Giving Day 2016. Merrill also won an additional $500 during the hourly contests for “most creative Giving Day photo” – a picture (right) of faculty and staff holding Diamondback newspapers and other publications. The photo was also shot as a video thanking donors for supporting Merrill College and an animated gif created by lecturer Josh Davidsburg.

Giving Day 2016 - Merrill College Faculty.The number of gifts and dollar raised placed Merrill College in the top ten among 24 other participating schools/colleges and university programs. The numbers are remarkable given that the journalism school is one of the smallest units on campus. That accomplishment translated into an additional $2,925 in funds.  Grand total for the day was $19,656!

“This money will be used for scholarships and programs that enhance the student experience,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish in her message to journalism alumni. “I would like to invite you to join us on campus for Maryland Day on April 30th to see first-hand what your generosity is supporting.”

Overall, the University of Maryland raised nearly $380,000 dollars during the 27 hour event. That helped break a record for most gifts in a single day.

Merrill College held its own against the bigger schools and colleges:

* Merrill College came in 7th overall with 134 gifts or 7% of the total raised;
* Merrill College came in 6th overall with dollars raised – $16,431.00 or 6% of the total dollars raised;
* Merrill College won one of the hourly prize competitions for $500.00

There were four different categories donors could give to on the Merrill College giving site:

* Deans Fund
* Penny Bender Fuchs Fund
* Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
* Capital News Service

2014 Merrill College Wrap

Thanks to your generosity, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism raised a grand total of $25,690!

Scholarship Day is all about our students – helping them stay in school to graduate. In 2013, there was a friendly competition between every school and college on campus to see who could get the highest participation rate. Because of your support, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism led the competition start to finish and was able to raise more than $12,000 in scholarship money for our students!

In 2014, we came in second, but raised more than twice as much scholarship funding for our students. Thank you!

As Dean Lucy Dalglish reminds us, every gift – from $10 to $500 – makes a difference, because state budget cuts and tuition increases have real impact on our students.

2014 University of Maryland Wrap:

Thank you for making Scholarship Day an overwhelming success for our students. On Dec. 10, the Maryland community came together to raise an astounding amount of scholarship dollars in 24 hours. As a result of your generous support for student scholarships, we exceeded last year’s success with 2,035 gifts totaling $324,212—including a $50,000 matching gift from Suzanne ’83 and Marvin ’81 Rabovsky!

Because of your generosity, we’ll be able to fill some of the $80 million in unmet requests for financial aid this year. Just as important, you showed what it means to be a Terp—coming together to support the next generation of amazing alumni. Go Terps!