Be the Light Your generosity lights the way for our students


The 2019-2020 academic year was unlike any other our world has seen. It started with welcoming the largest first-year class in the history of our college, and ended in ways we could never have expected. As our campus community adapted quickly and nimbly to the ever-changing needs of our students, time and again our generous community of alumni and friends came forward in support of McDaniel students. THANK YOU for your generosity during the academic year.

You give students hope and connection. You show them that they are part of a larger community committed to caring for each other. They learn they are not alone as they navigate their journey on the Hill—and beyond.

During periods of uncertainty, it is clear that community is what sustains us. Now more than ever, we are incredibly grateful for you. As we look forward to a new academic year and continued uncertainty, it is comforting to know that our McDaniel family remains committed to the success of our students and will continue to shine a light on their paths here on the Hill.

Thank you for being part of our community of supporters.


2020 has brought challenges unlike any we have encountered before. Time and again, our alumni and friends asked, "How can I help?" You showed McDaniel students that although the road is unknown, they could always count on the McDaniel community to travel alongside them. Together, we established the Emergency Relief Fund and raised more than $100,000 for laptops, hotspots, and other critical needs. Together, we are outfitting classrooms with the technology needed to bring McDaniel to students who are unable to be on campus in the coming year. Together, we will ensure our students are safe, healthy, and able to continue on their path to success.

Together, we will light the way.

Words of Gratitude.

Don't just take it from us. Hear what our students have to say.

This pandemic almost destroyed my ability to continue my college education. You saved my semester and my academic career. Thank you for your generosity and compassion and courage, providing for others in these troubling times. I promise you, your contribution is going a long way! —Kevin Barnes, Jr. '21
This sudden switch to online classes scared me because I did not have access to wi-fi at home. I was almost out of options before the school contacted me about your amazing donations! Thank you for helping me out. This was truly a blessing and, despite the odds, I can still keep up with my work. Once again, thank you so much! — Dania Duppins '21

Philanthropy at a glance.

Philanthropy comes in all shapes and sizes. It comes from different countries, people with different ties to McDaniel, and supports different priorities. See how our 2019-2020 philanthropic support looked.

Resilience and Grit

In true Green Terror fashion, our campus community has pressed forward in the face of adversity. Zoom meetings, virtual events, and socially-distanced labs became the new norm. Every step of the way, alumni and friends were there to shine a light on these new paths.

See how you have made a difference.

McDaniel students join in worldwide research efforts to discover drugs to treat COVID-19

In the face of the deadly global coronavirus pandemic, pharmaceutical data vaults have been unlocked and shared - an unprecedented move in research that McDaniel Chemistry professor Dana Ferraris seized to give his students the opportunity this summer to discover drugs to fight COVID-19. Read More »

Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Program leads to impactful virtual experiences

More than 40 students participated in McDaniel College's Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Program, a 10-week program for undergraduate students at McDaniel to pursue research. Thirteen faculty members have been leading projects virtually, while two Chemistry professors received special permission to perform COVID-19 research in campus labs. The Program is made possible by generous donors like you who fund these valuable opportunities for students to gain experience and make an impact in our community and world. Currently, 11 funds focus specifically on opportunities for faculty and student research projects and collaboration. Read More »

Reading Clinic assists elementary students virtually while preparing graduate students for future

Seven teachers have all returned to the classroom themselves to earn their master’s degrees from McDaniel’s Reading Specialist: Literacy Leadership program and feel the virtual McDaniel College Reading Clinic experience has the added benefit of helping them prepare for the possibility of remote teaching this fall. Read More »

Cinema major earns prestigious national ‘Star Trek’ internship

Cinema major Faith Young of Takoma Park, Md., has been selected as one of two fellows for the inaugural year of the national “Star Trek” Command Training Program in Los Angeles. This brand-new internship, hosted by the Television Academy Foundation in partnership with CBS Television Studios, was open to undergraduate and graduate college students nationwide and launched in 2020 to promote core values of the “Star Trek Universe.” Read More »

McDaniel highlighted among the ‘Best Colleges in Maryland’

McDaniel College is highlighted among the “Best Colleges in Maryland for 2020” by College Consensus and is the top small college on their list, ranking at #3 just behind Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, College Park. Read More »

Recognizing the difference makers.

We are incredibly thankful for our alumni and friends who give in ways that make a lasting impact. Our recognition societies honor those who give at leadership levels, at any level consistently, or who wish to leave a lasting legacy. Explore our recognition societies.

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Thank you for shining a light.

Our college's motto, E Tenebris in Lucem Voco, translates to "I Call You Out of Darkness Into Light."