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UMass Dartmouth sets fundraising record in FY05

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth raised more than $6 million in the last fiscal year to support student scholarships and faculty academic pursuits, setting a new annual fundraising record for the rapidly growing campus.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth raised more than $6 million in the last fiscal year to support student scholarships and faculty academic pursuits, setting a new annual fundraising record for the rapidly growing campus.

This $6,143,890 raised during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005 included $4.8 million in gifts from private individuals and organizations and $1.3 million in matching funds from the Commonwealth to encourage private giving to public universities.

“UMass Dartmouth is fortunate to have so many friends who recognize the value of our mission,” Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. “Private support allows us to create access for students and expand the margin of excellence in our lecture halls, laboratories, and library.’’

Private gifts this year ranged from a few dollars to $1 million with more than 6,000 people and organizations making contributions.

One example of a private gift matched by the Commonwealth was a $15,000 contribution by the Portuguese-American Civic League of Massachusetts to support student scholarships. The gift was matched by $7,500 in Commonwealth funds to create a $22,500 scholarship pool.

“The scholarship is open to anyone who demonstrates an interest in either
studying Portuguese history, culture, or Portuguese-American culture,” PACL Treasurer Veronica Beaulieu said. “It will be open to both high school students and current UMass Dartmouth students beginning in 2006.”

The Portuguese-American Civic League of Massachusetts began in 1935 and boasts more than 50 members in its Westport branch. Its mission is to help promote Portuguese-American culture.

“Having the Portuguese-American Civic League of Massachusetts step up and contribute to our university speaks volumes about their commitment to this community and their belief in our mission,” Chancellor MacCormack said.

Other major gifts this year include:

Affonso Ferreira Mendes Portuguese American Archives -- $1 million to support the activities of the Portuguese-American Archives at the library. Among the pledges made to the fund was one of $40,000 by Maria Furman, the youngest undergraduate alumna ever to make a gift exceeding $2,500.

Lady Eccles Fund -- $700,000, to support full-time students at UMass Dartmouth. Awards are based on merit and financial need with an emphasis on merit. The scholarships are targeted to students who are residents of greater New Bedford.

Pilgrim Foundation Chronic Illness Fellowship Fund -- $500,000 to assist College of Nursing faculty members dedicated to creating new strategies to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and depression.

Charlton College of Business Endowment -- $350,000 for the Charlton College of Business construction and to support high quality business and management education at the Charlton College.

Helen and George MacCormack Scholarship -- $20,000 to support students who are the first in their family to attend college. The scholarship is based on financial need and merit. It is named for the late parents of Chancellor MacCormack.

Theodore S. Bochenek Endowed Scholarship -- $18,000 to support worthy students with demonstrated financial need.

Norma Duvalley Student Emergency Fund Scholarship -- $10,000 to provide students with funds to alleviate any emergencies that may arise during their stay at UMass Dartmouth.
 

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  29-Nov-2005
Department:   News & Public Information

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