The Impact of Giving | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Graduate Program - University Of Maryland

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The Impact of Giving

Philanthropic support provides essential assistance to our students, faculty and the degree programs here the iSchool.

Each year the generosity of our alumni and friends support our student’s efforts to obtain their degree, enrich the educational experience, recruit and retain the best faculty and create an atmosphere of innovation. Now more than ever, private gifts are vital to our school's ability to remain a leader in the education of information professionals and information research.

Meet the students you have touched

2014 Scholarship Winners

Helen A. Tegnell Scholarship
Holly Callen Berardi (MLS-School Library)
Amanda Waugh (PhD)
Kerry Huller (MLS- Curation and Management of Digital Assets)


Library Systems & Services (LSSI) Scholarship 
Rebecca Reeves (MLS)


MIM Alumni Scholarship
Sruthi Bandi (MIM- Information Management Research)
Sangeetha Hariharan (MIM- Data Analytics)
Mohit Juneja (MIM)

Mary Lee Bundy Scholarship
Alexandre Adrian (MLS)


Noyes Library Association
Lauren Olson (MLS – School Library)


Frank G. Burke Scholarship
Richard Green (MLS – HiLS)


iSchool Alumni Chapter Scholarship
Jocelyn McNamara (MLS-Curation and Management of Digital Assets)


Why Giving Matters

All giving is important and all gifts make an impact.  Here’s how

Assists People and Advances Programs

We rely significantly more on financial support from alumni and friends than you may realize. Nationally, there has been a steady erosion of state and federal funding for higher education over the last three decades. In Maryland, state support of the university has dropped to just 26% of the institution’s budget and the iSchool has lost almost 10% of its budget over the last three years.

Influences opinion-makers

The percentage of alumni who give to the school is a factor when prospective students evaluate colleges, when corporations and foundations award grants, and when other donors are making their philanthropic decisions.

Increases the value of your degree

Alumni giving is one of the criteria used in many national rankings of colleges and universities. A gift of any size to the iSchool carries more weight than just the dollars pledged-- it also sends a message.