From the 2008 News Archive
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Students Give Back to the School of Law by Creating Class Gift and Scholarship Funds

University of Maryland School of Law students have demonstrated remarkable generosity this year, with more than 130 students participating in a pair of fundraising efforts that have combined to raise almost $70,000. Inspired alumni have offered to match the students’ gifts and pledges, resulting in almost $150,000 of support to the law school, and the establishment of two endowments.

More than 70 members of the Class of 2008 have combined to give and pledge $33,000 to the law school. John Isbister ´77, a partner at Tydings & Rosenberg in Baltimore and a member of the law school's Board of Visitors, agreed to match the students’ contributions. The students have chosen to create an endowment that will provide funds for student community service and pro bono projects annually, both locally and out-of-state.

“By reviving the tradition of making a class gift, we will encourage future classes to follow our example and make gifts of their own,” said Gift Committee co-Chair Justin Browne ´08. “And the endowment we create will provide valuable resources for deserving students.”

The other student fundraising initiative, the Leadership Scholars Legacy Project, began earlier this year when three of the law school’s Leadership Scholars set out to establish an endowment that will lead to funding additional Leadership Scholar awards.

Since its inception four years ago, the Leadership Scholars Program has made it possible for Maryland Law to recruit and support more than 150 highly talented students who have already compiled records of significant academic and public service accomplishment before enrolling in law school.

“We wanted to find a meaningful way to thank the many alumni and friends that give generously each year in support of student scholarships,” said founder Marcus Wang ’08, who founded the project with his fellow Samuel and Anne Hopkins Scholarship recipients, Roberto Vela ’09 and Alexis Slater ’10.

To date 69 students have made gifts and pledges in excess of $34,000. Making an Impact campaign co-chair Henry Hopkins ’68 has generously offered to match the total raised by the students. Mr. Hopkins, along with his brothers Samuel, Robert ’85, and Frederick ’92, established the Hopkins Scholarship in honor of their parents.

“Our current students have truly distinguished themselves as leaders in service to the community, and now to the law school as well,” said Dean Karen Rothenberg. “They have established a legacy that will benefit generations of Maryland Law students to come.”


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