UM coach Williams to co-chair scholarship fund

September 20, 2004|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

COLLEGE PARK - University of Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams will co-chair the scholarship component of the school's upcoming fund-raising campaign and has pledged a half million dollars of his own for academic scholarships at the university.

President Dan Mote made the announcement Saturday at a dinner that raised $1.5 million dollars for scholarships. Over the past year, the university has received more than $24.8 million in gifts for scholarships.

"The University of Maryland paid for my education with a basketball scholarship when I was a student-athlete," said Williams. "This is my way of saying thank you to the University and to assist the University's effort to raise money for scholarships. A successful fund raising program for scholarships will allow more students from all economic levels to attend the University of Maryland."

Mote said the larger fund-raising campaign, which is still in the planning stages, will be launched publicly in 2006 and that it will include a goal of more than $200 million just to endow academic scholarships. Other details of the campaign, including the total fund-raising goal, have not yet been finalized.

Originally published September 20, 2004, 1:59 PM EDT

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