Salisbury and UMBC score big donations

December 15, 2006|By Gadi Dechter

Two Maryland public universities announced multimillion-dollar gifts yesterday.

Salisbury University has received a $5.3 million bequest from the estate of socialite Lucy Tull, most of which will endow 16 full scholarships annually to needy students from Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties who wish to pursue medically related studies.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauff- man Foundation to support entrepreneurial education programs.

The Tull bequest is the largest gift by an individual in Salisbury's 81-year history.

Though she wasn't a Salisbury alumna nor a medical professional, Tull-who died in June at age 95- moved to Salisbury in 1967 and wanted to support the only nursing-education program on the Eastern Shore, said university President Janet Dudley-Eshbach. In addition to endowing scholarships, the university will put $500,000 of the gift toward nursing-faculty development and laboratory improvements.

"My colleagues throughout the system and I are having great difficulty attracting and retaining nursing faculty," Dudley-Eshbach said, "so clearly we need all sorts of incentives to be able to do that." UMBC is one of nine universities that will split $25.5 million in entrepreneurship grants from the Kauffman Foundation. Others include Brown, Georgetown and New York University.

Though the grants are designed for business education outside traditional business school settings, the Baltimore County campus is the only recipient without a business school, officials said.

The money will support educational programs at UMBC's Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship and brings to $72 million the amount raised so far in the campus' seven-year, $100 million capital campaign, which is scheduled to end in 2009.

"This funding will allow us to expose students to new possibilities, and to make sure we're working with the business community to develop excitement, focused on entrepreneurship," said President Freeman A. Hrabowski III

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