24-Hour Giving Challenge Supports Student Scholarships

--University of Maryland to Host First-Ever Scholarship Day of Giving to Help Bridge the $80 Million Gap in Unmet Financial Aid Requests--

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COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland will host its first ever Scholarship Day, a 24-hour giving challenge to support student scholarships across campus. Scholarship Day will take place Dec. 11, 2013. Visit https://scholarshipday.umd.edu for more information and to participate.

Donors can choose from 17 scholarship options, including:

  • Any of the university's 12 schools and colleges;
  • College Park Scholars;
  • Honors College;
  • Performing arts;
  • Student veterans; and
  • Terrapin Club.

Without additional support, $80 million in requests for financial aid won't be filled this year. Scholarships help to bridge that gap.

The college or school with the most donations in 24 hours will receive matching funds up to $5,000. In total, $20,000 worth of matching funds will be shared with participating scholarship programs. In addition, UMTV – the university's cable TV station - will be supporting the effort with a TerpVision Festival throughout the day. 

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @ScholarshipDay and using the hashtag #ScholarshipDayUMD.

Watch the stories of UMD students who have greatly benefitted from earning scholarships, some of whom call it a game-changer for their academic career: http://ter.ps/4a9.

About the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, two Pulitzer Prize winners, 49 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.7 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion dollar fundraising campaign.

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The University of Maryland is hosting its first-ever Scholarship Day of Giving on Dec. 11, 2013.

The University of Maryland is hosting its first-ever Scholarship Day of Giving on Dec. 11, 2013.


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Video with caption: "With four other siblings in college, senior Ubie Williams has to work 40 hours a week on the night shift to pay for school. Give a gift on Scholarship Day, Dec. 11, and help University of Maryland students like Ubie succeed. www.scholarshipday.umd.edu." Video available at:  http://youtu.be/d6XPDz_VcLk

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