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The Importance of the Fund for McDaniel

The Fund for McDaniel  is a critical fundraising priority. Through the Fund for McDaniel, we ensure that your gift goes right where it’s needed most — right when it’s needed most — to guarantee that current students experience the high-quality and impactful education we're known for. Your Annual Fund gift supports the entirety of the McDaniel experience, contributing to the areas of the College that directly affect day-to-day life for our students on campus.

Students with professor in Kinesiology lab.

The Impact of the Annual Fund

Making a Difference

Annual fund dollars are spent in a way that mirrors how the college's dollars are allocated. And no matter what fresh challenges each school year brings, the following four areas will always require the bulk of the college's resources:

We're proud of the investment we make in the academic experience that is the heart of McDaniel College.The largest percentage of the college's funds each fiscal year goes towards things like classroom equipment and resources, seminars, guest lecturers, faculty support, and the library — the things that support McDaniel's academic experience and ensure it remains among the best in our peer group.

McDaniel College's commitment to need-based financial aid for students that provides support regardless of socio-economic background is only possible because of your gifts. Many of the students on our campus couldn't be here if it weren't for the financial help that the college provides. Funding from McDaniel augments federal and state scholarships, grants, and loans to create realistic pathways to college graduation for all students.

At McDaniel College, we know that preparation for the world beyond the college is an essential part of the experience. Student organizations, athletics, counseling, advising, tutoring, the Merritt fitness center — life at McDaniel is more than classroom learning. The college is committed to providing students with a high-quality, comprehensive residential experience, and that includes supporting things like the Student Governance Council, multicultural programming, and on-campus wellness services.

Many of our current and prospective students remark on the beauty of campus and the quality of the college's infrastructure. As the college grows, enhancements to our buildings and grounds and technical resources like wi-fi become necessary. Support from the Fund for McDaniel gives us the flexibility to meet these changing needs.

Students walking around downtown Westminster during McDaniel Local.

A Record Class More Students, More Need Supporting Our Students

The Fall 2019 freshmen class was the largest in the college's history. With this increase in students, we also develop increased needs that include financial support and infrastructure development. The Fund for McDaniel is a critical part of ensuring we have the financial flexibility to meet the college's needs in real-time. Due to the close-knit campus community, our faculty and staff are able to suggest improvements that improve the quality of the student experience. With the help of the Fund for McDaniel, we are able to respond. 

Recent News for Alumni

  • Hundreds of McDaniel alumni connect virtually to celebrate Homecoming at Home

    More than 1,000 alumni from the 1960s through 2020, undaunted by the pandemic, traveled thousands of miles through cyberspace to come home to the Hill for Homecoming 2020. Casting the Green Terror-tory net literally around the globe via Zoom and Facebook, alumni shared their college-days photos in a treasure hunt, tested their memory with Pub trivia, celebrated alumni award and Sports Hall of Fame winners, discovered what’s new at McDaniel, and learned how to make their alma mater’s now signature cocktails, West on RT 140 and The Green Terror.

  • Heidi Snyder Reigel ’97 named associate vice president for alumni and admissions

    McDaniel College announces Heidi Snyder Reigel ’97 as the associate vice president for alumni and admissions. In her new role, Reigel oversees the college’s alumni engagement efforts in addition to continuing to provide oversight to admissions.

  • Accounting Interviewing Day 2020 is a virtual success

    It may not have been the traditional in-person Interviewing Day that Accounting, Economics and Business Administration students have known in the past, but the first half of Interviewing Day 2020 was no less successful with nine accounting firms holding 84 virtual interviews with 31 McDaniel Accounting majors. The second half of Interviewing Day continues in the spring when other majors in the Economics and Business Administration department will have the opportunity to meet with employers for internships and jobs.