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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

  • Two former Writing for Children and Young Adults graduate students find success in the publishing world

    Two former students in McDaniel’s Writing for Children and Young Adults (WCYA) graduate certificate program have found success in the publishing world. B. Sharise Moore, who specialized in WCYA while pursuing her master’s degree from McDaniel’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning (formerly Curriculum and Instruction) graduate program, had a debut fantasy novel, “Dr. Marvellus Djinn’s Odd Scholars,” released at the end of May. Jared Reck, who completed coursework in WCYA and currently teaches as an online adjunct lecturer in the program, has had “Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love” published with Knopf Books for Young Readers by Penguin Random House.

  • McDaniel College Board of Trustees elects two new members

    McDaniel College has named two new members to its board of trustees. Jill Kortvelesy Mennicken of Laurel, N.Y., a 1981 alumna of the college, served as senior director of business development at Forrest Solutions, a Manhattan-based staffing and outsourcing company. Aaron Slaughter of Silver Spring, Md., a 2010 alumnus of the college, is a senior manager at Withum, a national top-ranking public accounting firm.

  • McDaniel mourns loss of longtime women’s basketball coach Becky Martin

    Becky Martin, a 1980 alumna of McDaniel College and for nearly four decades coach of the Green Terror women's basketball team, died Tuesday, June 8 after a long illness. She was 62. A stand-out student athlete in both volleyball and basketball, Becky took over the reins of the women's basketball program in 1981, just a year after graduating from the college, and was a staple on the Green Terror sidelines for 37 seasons prior to her medical leave in 2018. With her career 554-369 record, she is the winningest coach in Centennial Conference history.