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Merrill College Establishes Dean’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Endowed Scholarship in Journalism, Funded by $100,000 Gift

COLLEGE PARK — The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism has established the Dean’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Endowed Scholarship in Journalism, thanks to a $100,000 gift from two anonymous donors.

Beginning in fall 2023, the merit-based scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students at Merrill College, with preference given to first-generation college students or for the purpose of enhancing diversity at the school, including but not limited to racial or gender diversity.

"Increasing the diversity of our college population is a top priority for Merrill," Dean Lucy Dalglish said. "We are so thankful that this generous gift will help us recruit and retain students of a variety of experiences and backgrounds, helping us diversify newsrooms across the country."

“Journalism and journalists need to be more diverse in every way if we are to regain the trust of our audiences and nurture our democracy in these divisive times,” said Rafael Lorente, Merrill College’s associate dean of academic affairs. “This scholarship will help us do just that. We are forever grateful to the founding donors and hope others will join them in contributing to this worthy cause.”

To support the scholarship program and help diverse students access the transformative educational experience at Merrill College, give at

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