With the potential to increase its student scholarship and programs
funds by $60,000, the College of Southern Maryland is looking forward to
matching gifts donated to the CSM Foundation during the worldwide
movement of GivingTuesday on Dec. 2.
An international day of generosity following Black Friday, Small
Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday launches a season of
generosity, focused on giving to others after three days focused on
This worldwide day of GivingTuesday can be powerful beyond imagination
as we enter this traditional season of gratitude and giving, said CSM
Vice President of Advancement Michelle Goodwin. With partners, including
the CSM Foundation, generously pledging to match up to $30,000, we are
looking at the potential of having $60,000 dedicated to help our
students afford college. We have an incredible opportunity to impact
more students than ever by simply paying it forward and encouraging our
friends and neighbors to do the same on December 2.
Donations to CSM’s one-day, online GivingTuesday event may be made to
support scholarships for students attending CSM as well as programs in
the arts, athletics, health sciences, or STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math).
Supporting #GivingTuesday with matching scholarship funds are the
Florence B. Trueman Scholarship fund in Calvert County, the Greater
Waldorf Jaycees Foundation Scholarship Fund in Charles County and the
Chiaramonte Hope Scholarship Fund in St. Mary’s County. Additionally,
the CSM Foundation will match all donations given toward arts,
athletics, health sciences, Career Starters and STEM.
“Giving to scholarships isn’t about paying for courses, it’s about
changing the course of someone’s life, said CSM Foundation Chair Chris
Rush. When you consider that the funds for one full-ride scholarship at
an in-state, four-year college could assist eight students attend or
complete college at CSM, just imagine the impact to our community to
change lives, inspire success and launch careers.
CSM student Carly Penny, of La Plata, said of a recent Greater Waldorf
Jaycee scholarship she received, This scholarship made the difference of
me going to school or not. It has been hard for my family to afford
tuition for me and my twin sister at the same time. The scholarship has
helped me pursue my degree without having to acquire student loan debt,
or have to work full time. The scholarship will even allow me to
graduate more quickly by being able to take more classes each semester.
You have made a difference in my life and many others and your
generosity will never be forgotten.
CSM’s online giving page is at www.csmd.edu/Foundation where
supporters will be able to donate as well as use social media tools such
as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email and other platforms to share with
their friends and family throughout the day, either from their keyboards
#GivingTuesday also provides opportunities to win hourly prizes, which
can be viewed at www.csmd.edu/Foundation and include a wellness package
and a GoPro Camera provided by the CSM Wellness, Fitness and Aquatics
and the CSM College Store, a sports package featuring a golf outing by
Swan Point Yacht and County Club and University of Maryland men’s
lacrosse tickets by a UMD Men’s Lacrosse player’s parents, a holiday
dinner from McKay’s Supermarkets and a Holiday package featuring
Solomons Business Association members.
Any size donation is appreciated, but a minimum $10 donation is
required to give online. To learn about CSM’s projects and to donate
beginning at 12 a.m., Dec. 2, visit www.csmd.edu/Foundation.