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Creating Life Changing Opportunities

Through the generosity of donors, 11 new funds were established in the 2019-2020 academic year. These funds support scholarships that make a McDaniel education accessible, life-changing research, and experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad.

Through the establishment of endowed funds, donors create a link to past, current, and future generations of students. Endowment gifts create dependable funding through long-term investment, preserving gifts in perpetuity — powering McDaniel’s mission for years to come. Named endowed funds begin at $25,000 and can be used to generate support for a broad area or a more specific program, such as a scholarship, professorship, or research fund. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, seven new scholarships and four new endowed funds were created

The RH and MK Smith Science Research Fund Established in 2018 as a research fund through the generosity of several friends and classmates to honor Emeriti Professor Richard H. Smith and Emeriti Professor Marilyn K. Smith. The fund will be used to support a student(s) involved in science research in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, exercise chemistry, or related chemistry field. The research opportunity will be awarded annually to a rising sophomore, junior, or senior student at McDaniel College.
The Conner Family Endowed Scholarship Fund Established in 2019 by Michael A. Conner '82 and Michele Hutschenreuter Conner '84, the scholarship is awarded annually to a student(s) who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to first generation college student(s). This scholarship is renewable.
The Gauge Digital Media Scholarship Established in 2020 by former McDaniel students Joe Dominick and Brett Callegary '11, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student(s) with financial need, with preference given to first-generation students from single-parent homes who graduated from Carroll County Public Schools. If no student(s) meets this criteria, preference will first be given to a student who is a product of the Carrol County Public Schools system and meets one of the other two criteria.
The Joyce E. Gorsuch Endowed Scholarship Fund Established in 2011 by Joyce E. Gorsuch, Class of 1949. This scholarship is awarded to a student who requires financial aid in order to attend McDaniel College. In the unlikely event that at some future date it becomes impossible for this endowment to serve the specific purpose for which it was created, the Board of Trustees may at its discretion us the annual draw from the fund for the fulfillment of such other educational scholarship objectives as the Board may specify, consistent with the original intent of the donors and keeping the name Joyce Gorsuch linked with the distribution.
The Miller Family Endowed Scholarship Fund Established in 2019 by Paul L. Miller '62, the scholarship is awarded annually to a student or students with financial need with preference given to students residing in Howard County, Maryland. The scholarship is renewable.
The John D. Nawrocki '77 Memorial Scholarship Fund This scholarship was established in 2019 by his teammates, fraternity brothers, friends and family in honor of John D. Nawrocki, Class of 1977. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a student with financial need, with preference given to a student(s) who is actively involved in the life of the campus through participation in extracurricular activities, like Johnny, and emulates the traits of quiet leadership through example, concern for classmates, friends and family, and a willingness to give fully themselves for the joy and benefit of others. In the unlikely event that at some future date it becomes impossible for this fund to serve the specific purpose for which it was created, the Board of Trustees may, at its discretion, use the fund for the fulfillment of such other educational objectives as the Board may specify, consistent with the original intent of the donor(s).
The Dr. Melvin D. Palmer Endowed Scholarship Fund Established in 2019 by Nancy B. Palmer, the scholarship is awarded annually to a student(s) majoring in English with preference given to first generation college student(s) and those who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is renewable.
The Gary '69 and Jane Butterbaugh '70 Shapiro Endowed Fund Established in 2019 by Gary '69 and Jane Butterbaugh '70 Shapiro, the Fund will provide scholarship support to students with financial need, with preference given to a female student, as well as funds to support students' endeavors with experiential opportunities. The Fund's use will be based on the greatest need within the parameters stated above as determined by the Provost.
The Scott Dahne '80 and Natalie Nai-che Chemistry Fund Established in 2019 by Scott Dahne '80 and Natalie Nai-che, The Scott Dahne '80 and Natalie Nai-che Chemistry Fund honors the professors and education that Scott received during his time at Western Maryland College. This Fund will be used to support students majoring in Chemistry or Bio-Chemistry. Funds will be used at the discretion of the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the chemistry department chair to purchase needed equipment including items needed by students involved in research projects and/or to support student travel to approved conferences and symposiums with a maximum of $500 per student (exceptions to the maximum amount can be made with donor approval).
The Bernard F. "Bernie" Gallagher '76 Experiential Annual/Endowed Fund Established in 2019, The Bernard F. "Bernie" Gallagher '76 Experiential Endowed Fund and The Bernard F. "Bernie" Gallagher '76 Experiential Annual Fund was established by Bernard F. "Bernie" Gallagher '76 to support a student(s) that would require financial assistance in order to take advantage of such experiences as unpaid internships and attending a conference(s). Preference will be given to a student(s) studying history and/or related field. Funds can be used to cover such things as lodging, travel, conference registration(s), associated fees, and expenses related to experiences and/or internships. This fund is to help broaden academic and/or vocational experiences for students that may have financial constraints that would hinder him/her from taking advantage of the opportunity. Monies generated from The Fund will be used towards the costs associated with an approved program at McDaniel College. The Bernard F. "Bernie" Gallagher '76 Experiential Annual Fund will be used annually to supplement the fund.
The Christopher W. Spencer '71 Study Abroad Endowed Fund Established through The Last Will and Testament of Christopher W. Spencer. The Christopher W. Spencer '71 Study Abroad Fund was established by Christopher W. Spencer '71 to support a student that would appreciate the opportunity to study abroad but has financial constraints that would hinder him/her from taking advantage of the opportunity. The funds will be used towards the costs associated with an approved study abroad program at McDaniel College.