Recent grants fund scholarships, reading clinic and historic preservation

June 30, 2009

Students – at McDaniel and in Carroll County – are the beneficiaries of grants from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation and the Bank of America. And, grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) will help preserve the treasures of the college’s distinguished past.

The grants mean opportunities for minority students from Baltimore City, summer graduate students with disabilities who are studying Deaf Education, and Carroll County youngsters who need a little help with their reading and writing skills. During the 2008-2009 academic year, McDaniel College awarded nearly $23 million in scholarships and grants to deserving students. Nine out of 10 McDaniel students receive some level of financial aid.

Jessie Ball duPont Fund Grant
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded the college a $200,000 grant over the next five years. The gift, which also moves the college closer to meeting the $500,000 France-Merrick Foundation challenge grant it received in 2008, will provide scholarships for minority Baltimore City students in financial need.  The funds are available immediately for scholarships.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has been supporting the college since 1988 and provided in 2006 funding to establish McDaniel’s Center for Study of Aging.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Grant
A supporter since 1989, the $25,000 Newcombe Foundation grant enables McDaniel to provide scholarships to seven graduate students who are studying Deaf Education and who are deaf.

The college’s Deaf Education Program was the first in the nation to have deaf students participating in it.  Graduates of the program serve as teachers of deaf students, American Sign Language specialists, and Literacy Specialists in elementary and secondary schools throughout the U.S.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Grant
For the third year, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided a $10,000 grant in support for the summer reading clinic, directed by Associate Professor of Education Debra Miller as part of the college’s graduate Reading Specialist Program.

Dubbed Camp McDaniel by its first- through eighth-grade campers, the program was initiated 36 years ago by renowned reading expert Joan Develin Coley, now president of McDaniel. This year, more than 85 students will receive help from 30 graduate students in the Reading Specialist Program during the four-week clinic, which meets for three hours daily Monday through Thursday June 22 through July 16.

Institute of Museum and Library Service Grants
The McDaniel College Archives received an Institute of Museum and Library Service’s (IMLS) American Heritage Preservation Grant of $3,000 to conserve seven diaries of the college’s first president, James Thomas Ward (1820-1897).  After conservation, these diaries will be available for research to faculty, students, and patrons in the Archives.  Ward’s diaries give an insight to the life of a Methodist minister, family man, and college president living in Westminster in the 19th century.

A second grant from IMLS will also help the college preserve treasured objects through Connecting to Collection Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources. The award was made in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and IMLS. These materials will be available to faculty, students, and patrons in the McDaniel College Archives in Hoover Library.