“TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED.”
The academic and career achievements of Meyerhoff Scholars Program graduates speak volumes about the initiative’s impact. However, the level of support of the program by its own alumni is just as important in measuring the program’s success over time.
Participation in giving back presents an annual opportunity for alumni to demonstrate both their appreciation for the program that gave them so much, and their commitment to future Meyerhoff Scholars.
Why Give Back?
As a graduate of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, you know the experience you were given at UMBC was priceless. In these hard economic times, it becomes necessary to think realistically about the costs of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. Although the program remains strong, alumni support is necessary to maintain the resources that make it so successful, including:
- Scholarship (tuition, fees, room and board)
- Summer Bridge instruction, transportation, room, board, activities, textbook/materials
- Student conferences, seminars and summer internships
- Marketing and recruitment and day-to-day administrative operations
In a speech to his fellow alumni at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum during the 20th Anniversary weekend, Dr. William Christian (M3), mathematics, explained his reasons for giving back to the program.
“Mr. Meyerhoff and his family and so many others have been very generous to us, and the whole point of the Meyerhoff program is that we develop into professionals and that we regenerate,” he said. “If ever alum gave $45 we could pay for two scholarship. Now just imagine if you gave $100. Whatever your resources look like, that’s the kind of resources we need.”