Giving to the Merrill College

As part of a public university, we rely on a range of revenue sources, including state funding, student tuition, research grants, private gifts and income from endowment.  It is private gifts - for current use and for endowment—that help us maintain the margin of excellence needed to remain a top journalism program.  Generous gifts from alumni, parents, faculty and friends support student scholarships and fellowships that bring energetic, bright scholars to campus; create centers of scholarship and practice; support the construction of our new, state-of-the-art building; and endow scholarships that will assure Merrill has a vibrant student body for generations to come.

We welcome and encourage your gift of any size to support the excellence of Merrill College.

Funding priorities include: 
  • Dean’s Fund for Excellence – The Dean’s Fund allows the college to respond to opportunities and pressing needs. 
  • Scholarships and Fellowships – Contributions to student aid help us recruit and retain top students, and ensure that Merrill remains financially accessible to high-achieving students of all backgrounds. (We continue to invite donations to the scholarship fund established in memory of our beloved Merrill College professor, Penny Bender Fuchs.)
  • Faculty Excellence – Merrill’s faculty is comprised of distinguished journalists and scholars who teach and mentor our students.  Private support helps us narrow an ever-widening gap in salaries offered by our private peers as we seek to attract and retain top faculty. 
  • Endowment – There is no greater gift than those to endowment because they are maintained in perpetuity. To ensure Merrill College will still thrive 200 years from now, only the earnings of endowment gifts are spent; the principal cannot be spent.  Endowment income supports the majority of Merrill’s student scholarships and fellowships, and an increasing number of professorships.

 To make giving easy for you, we offer a variety of ways to make your gift: 

  • Credit and Debit Cards – Gifts may be made online, through the University of Maryland giving system
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) – You may have your gift automatically deducted from your savings or checking account monthly. Complete and return the EFT Enrollment Form or contact Anne Martens for more information.
  • Cash and Checks – If you prefer to make your gift by mail, please download a giving form to complete and mail to us.
  • Securities, Wire Transfers – Please contact Anne Martens for more information about gifts of securities or those made via wire transfer. 
  • Gift annuities, life insurance, bequests, IRA’s, POD Accounts – Gifts made as part of your estate plan may enable you to make a more significant gift than you thought possible while, at the same time, achieving your financial and estate planning goals.  Please contact Anne Martens for more information.