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Great ExpectationsL The Campaign for Maryland

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The Maryland experience can be both an extremely challenging and phenomenally rewarding and enriching time in a student’s life, but when tragedy strikes, unexpected challenges can become insurmountable. It is during these times of crisis that the Maryland community can serve as a bedrock of comfort, strength and financial support so that students grappling to find their footing again can face their struggles with support.

The Student Crisis Fund was established to help students put the pieces of their lives back together after a crisis. Whether a student loses personal property in a devastating fire, cannot afford necessary prescriptions, or is unable to pay for an emergency medical procedure, the fund provides emergency financial assistance when personal crisis or unexpected tragedy impacts students’ lives.

Through this fund, students discover the very essence of our "Terrapin community" – not only to spur one another on during ordinary times, but to assist and lift up a fellow member of our community during extraordinary times of crisis.


Assistance is provided to students who experience an unanticipated emergency requiring immediate financial assistance, typically ranging from $50 to $1,000. Student Crisis Fund assistance is only provided to cases in which a student has no alternative source of funds. Any currently enrolled student may apply; repayment of the financial assistance is not required. Requests for money to repay personal loans, educational travel, tuition payments, or to pay for fines or credit cards are not considered "unanticipated emergencies." Additional funding would greatly increase the Vice President for Student Affairs’ ability to serve more students.

  • Campaign Endowment Goal: $1 Million
  • Annual Estimated Unmet Need: at least $50,000
  • Current Assistance to One Student: $50–$1,000


Recognized nationally for many of its programs, services and staff, the Division of Student Affairs works collectively to offer students a world-class experience while at Maryland. We strive to provide every student the opportunity to gain skills necessary to contribute to our global society and to explore leadership in all of its various forms. We believe students must graduate with the skills not only necessary to succeed in the work place, but also to live healthy, balanced and civically engaged lives.


  • Endow the Crisis Fund to a level that provides support to all students in need.
  • Increase the amount of assistance we are currently able to provide to each individual student in need.
  • Publicize the availability of crisis funding through campus outreach.


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We call on all those who value our work – alumni, students, faculty, partners and friends – to come forward, contribute their knowledge, energy and financial resources, and help us improve student lives so that they, in turn will change the world. Join with us to achieve Great Expectations!

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