Last November, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law welcomed more than 80 attendees, including members of the Board of Visitors and Alumni Board, donors, and past and present scholarship recipients to its annual Scholarship Luncheon.
From l to r: Grant Barnhard 16, Samuel Hopkins, Henry Hopkins 68, Sarah Shepson 19 and Dylan Elliott 20
In addition to honoring all the donors to the nearly 100 endowed scholarships Maryland Carey Law offers its students, this event offers both scholarship donors and recipients an opportunity to get to know each other personally. Heather Foss, Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, explains, I am thrilled that we were able to provide the opportunity for donors and scholars alike to come together and share their experiences as Maryland Carey Law students, past and present. Our students are incredibly appreciative of the support and eager to give their thanks. Many donors become life-long mentors, and those bonds really begin to flourish at this annual luncheon.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, scholarship endowments have generated $890,000 in support for current law school students.
Dean Donald Tobin celebrated the generosity of the gathered donors commenting, Your commitment to Maryland Carey Law and its students is truly astonishing, and on days like these when our donors can come to the law school and see, in the flesh, the beneficiaries of their generosity, I am especially proud to be Dean of this wonderful law school.
Board of Visitors members The Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera 84 and The Hon. Marcella Holland 83 with Diversity Scholar Cymone Gosnell 20
Henry H. Hopkins 68 spoke at the luncheon and emphasized the difference between tuition today and in the 60s when he attended Maryland Carey Law. In my time, the Law Schools tuition was a thrifty $150 a semester. Today those that have set their sights on achieving a legal education have a much larger financial challenge than my classmates had in 1965. To do their part in addressing this disparity, Henry Hopkins, along with his brothers Frederick M. Hopkins 92, Robert B. Hopkins 88, and Samuel B. Hopkins, established the Samuel and Anne Hopkins Scholarship in 2004 to honor their mother, Anne, and father, Samuel 38.
A gallery of photographs from the event can be found here.