COLLEGE PARK (1/23/20) — Brian Lazarus ’78 and wife Carin Carter Lazarus ’83 have made a generous gift to the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism to establish an endowed journalism scholarship.
The Lazaruses, who founded, own and operate the marketing agency Media Star Promotions, have donated $260,000 to the college to launch the scholarship, and pledged an additional $2 million to Merrill College as an estate gift.
The scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate student at a time, beginning in Spring 2020, and is renewable for up to four years as long as the student maintains a 3.0 grade-point average. Recipients must be residents of the state of Maryland.
The student will be chosen by the Merrill College dean on the basis of merit.
Carin Lazarus majored in journalism at UMD, and Brian Lazarus was part of the Radio, Television and Film program that was later absorbed into the journalism school. That and their desire to invest in trustworthy, unbiased future journalists motivated them to make their donation to Merrill College.
“Maryland was a natural fit because we both went, we both liked it there and maybe it’ll help somebody,” Carin Lazarus said.
“There is no greater need at Merrill College than scholarship support,” Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said. “Maryland’s high schools have produced many outstanding young journalists. The gift from Carin and Brian will help us recruit and retain the best of them.”