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Giving Back

From the moment they step foot on the Hill, our students set out on a journey to discover who they are meant to be. Every day they soar higher, propelled by their own power and also by those who lift them along the way—our alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends. And as they soar, McDaniel does too. 

As we continue to navigate the unprecedented challenges brought by COVID-19, many in our community have asked how they can help students who have been adversely impacted. We are so humbled and grateful that so many continue to think of our students even as they face disruptions in their own lives. 

The Emergency Relief Fund has been established to provide financial support to students who are negatively impacted by economic circumstances outside their control. In the short-term, the fund will be used to provide need-based grants to students impacted by COVID-19.  If you feel compelled, gifts can be made to support the Emergency Relief Fund

Give Now Emergency Relief Fund
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Ways to Give

Philanthropy is a deeply personal choice, and how you choose to give is equally personal. Explore various ways to give back to McDaniel.

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What to Support

There are so many opportunities to benefit McDaniel students in meaningful ways. Explore various areas to support that are meaningful to you, or support the Fund for McDaniel to allow for maximum and immediate impact.

With Purpose gala

Giving Societies Gratitude & Recognition

McDaniel College would not be what we are today without the loyalty and generosity of you—our alumni and friends. McDaniel is the college that changes lives, but you are the lives that change our college. McDaniel's giving societies recognize donors whose support transforms our college.

Giving Highlights

McDaniel College unveils student center renovation

Renamed the Roj Student Center for 1970 alumni Mary Lynn Durham and Bill Roj, who supported the project with a $5 million gift. The $11 million renovation modernizes McDaniel’s student center located in the middle of campus and is the first overall renovation of the structure since it was built in 1978.

Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Program leads to impactful virtual experiences

More than 40 students participated in McDaniel College’s Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Program. The Student-Faculty Collaborative Research experience is a 10-week program for undergraduate students at McDaniel to pursue research, which is supported by donors. Thirteen faculty members have been leading projects virtually, while two Chemistry professors received special permission to perform COVID-19 research in labs on campus.

Spring awards Seniors honored with academic, activity and leadership awards

McDaniel College seniors were honored with academic, activity and leadership awards during their 2020 Celebration on May 23. The awards ceremonies were held virtually with Provost Julia Jasken presenting academic awards and Dean of Students Liz Towle presenting activity and leadership awards.