Catalyst Magazine

You MADE It Happen

  • In less than two months, over $300,000 was raised by 1,689 donors, matched by the UMB Foundation, for student relief across the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) six professional schools and interdisciplinary Graduate School. These emergency funds were established to assist students experiencing unexpected personal crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing emergency funding after alternative sources of funding have been explored. To continue this support, click here.
  • Courtney Ann Kehoe Thomas, BSN ’66, gives back to the University of Maryland School of Nursing bysponsoring materials for student projects in the Community Public Health master’s program. The $1,500-a-year donation has funded many projects over the years, most recently including those at community sites such as My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, the UMB Community Engagement Center, and Our Daily Bread in Baltimore.
  • A $100,000 pledge from entrepreneur Michael Bronfein established the new Haladay Memorial Endowed Annual Lectureship for the Medical Cannabis MS program. Students in the nation’s first and only medical cannabis program will benefit from an annual lecture from an esteemed leader in the field thanks to the endowed lectureship.
  • Through the support of 14 members of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Board of Visitors,the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings ’76 Scholarship Endowment was endowed at the $50,000-plus level in a matter of weeks, and we are incredibly excited to welcome the inaugural Cummings Scholar to the Carey School of Law this fall. To learn more about the Cummings Scholarship Endowment, click here.

You Can MAKE It Happen

  • Food insecurity is a major hurdle many students across the nation face on their way to achieving an education. The UMB Student Pantry, opening during the fall 2020 semester, will be a consistent, centralized place for UMB students to privately access dry goods, nonperishables, and personal hygiene items. A gift of $5,000 will stock the pantry for a month, helping students to start the semester with the support they need to excel. To learn more, click here.
  • The Community and Public Health Environmental Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, originally funded by Mary Catherine Bunting, MS ’72, CRNP, RN, in 2016, supports work with Baltimore Early Head Start programs, filling important gaps in necessary services for Baltimore’s youth and their families. A $15,000 gift will provide vision screening training and certification for staff (two) and clinical instructors (three) so that all sites are able to provide vision screenings. A $2,500 gift will provide support for Eco-Healthy Child Care certification, including training for RN to BSN and MSN students.
  • As the Women, Leadership, & Equality Program (WLE) at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law approaches its 20th anniversary, we are grateful for the growing support of alumni and friends who are stepping up to make an investment in the program. A $25,000-plus commitment to WLE will help us grow our endowment to support a full-time managing director and ensure we are well-positioned to enhance our curricular offerings and provide mentoring, networking, leadership training, and other professional development opportunities for our students, alumni, and broader legal community for years to come. To learn more about WLE and the Women’s Leadership Circle, click here.
  • A $25,000 investment in the University of MarylandSchool of Pharmacy’s Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging will support clinical initiatives to improve the delivery and quality of pharmaceutical care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions so they can remain in their homes.
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Kristen Bowes

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