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cohort giving challenge (CGC)


The academic and career achievements of Meyerhoff Scholars Program graduates speak volumes about the initiative's impact. However, the level of support of the program by its own alumni is just as important in measuring the program's success over time.
The Meyerhoff Cohort Giving Challenge presents an annual opportunity for alumni to demonstrate both their appreciation for the program that gave them so much, and their commitment to future Meyerhoff Scholars. In the spirit of healthy competition, the cohort with the highest participation of giving each year will be recognized on a plaque in the Scholarship Program office.

Why Give Back?

As a graduate of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, you kow the experience you were given at UMBC was priceless. In these hard economic times, it becomes necessary to think realistically about the costs of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. In recent months, the endowments supporting the program have declined and although the program remains strong, alumni support is necessary to maintain the resources that make it so successful, including:

  • Scholarship (tuition, fees, room and board)
  • Summer Bridge instruction, transportation, room, board, activities, textbook/materials
  • Student conferences, seminars and summer internships
  • Marketing and recruitment and day-to-day administrative operations

In a speech to his fellow alumni at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum during the 20th Anniversary weekend, Dr. William Christian (M3), mathematics, explained his reasons for giving back to the program.

"Mr. Meyerhoff and his family and so many others have been very generous to us, and the whole point of the Meyerhoff program is that we develop into professionals and that we regenerate," he said. "If ever alum gave $45 we could pay for two scholarship. Now just imagine if you gave $100. Whatever your resources look like, that's the kind of resources we need."
In addition, alumni can contribute to the program in ways other than financial support. The Chapter of Meyerhoff Alumni was recently recognized by the UMBC Alumni Association and has an active board. The board works as a vehicle to develop a closer relationship with UMBC, the overall Alumni Association, and the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. Contact any member of the Advisory Board if you would like to join in the effort.

When I think of where I am today I know that I owe much to the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program and UMBC. This is where I grew up, learned to speak to a crowd, became a leader, made life-long friends, first gave serious thought to a Ph.D., and met the smartest people I know to this day.

Kamili Jackson (M4),
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

As I address the challenge of engaging minority youth who are under prepared for careers in science and technology in my career, the Meyerhoff Program inspires me by what is truly possible when we "think big."

Bruk Berhane (M10), Electrical Engineering

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