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Exceptional by Example Campaign:
By the Numbers

Campaign Start to Finish

The Exceptional by Example Campaign ran from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2011, with a public launch in 2006, UMBC's 40th Anniversary year and a goal of raising $100 million. To compare, UMBC's previous campaign (1995-2002) had a goal of $50 million and raised $66 million.

More than $65 million has been earmarked for programs that support student scholarship and success, and more than $46 million has been allocated to support research and creativity at UMBC.

Quick Facts

  $100 million
Total Raised:  $115 million
Participation:  More than 22,000 donors supported the campaign
Areas of overall strategic planning supported:
  • An Honors University for All
  • Creativity and Competitiveness
  • Inquiry Focused on Solutions
  • Investments in Talent
Community is Key

It takes the support of every group within the UMBC community -- alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends -- as well as key foundation and corporation partners to make a university campaign a true success. This is how the donations broke down by groups:

Making Their Mark (Literally)

UMBC’s campus would not look quite the same without the Exceptional by Example Campaign. A number of buildings, along with learning and recreational spaces on campus, were named by some of UMBC’s most committed donors.
  • 1 named college -- Erickson School for Aging Studies
  • 2 named buildings -- Janet and Walter Sondheim Building (Social Sciences) and Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Chemistry Building
  • 3 named centers -- James T. and Virginia M. Dresher Center for the Humanities, Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community & Culture, and the MC2 (Multicore Computational Center established in part by IBM)
  • 1 named lecture hall -- Gregory, Lisa & Scott Barnhill Lecture Hall (Lecture Hall IV)
  • 1 named institute -- Brown Capital Management Faculty Institute for Entrepreneurship
  • 1 named conference room -- Richard C. Roberts (Retriever Learning Center)
  • 4 named athletic facilities -- Michael Knapp Weight Room, Milani Family Locker Room (Women's Lacrosse), Harry E. Young Locker Room (Men's Soccer), Sorrentos of Arbutus Team Locker Room
Ensuring Success

Academic success in research and creative achievement is at the core of any UMBC fundraising mission. Funds raised during the campaign's nine years resulted in the founding of scholarships and fellowship opportunities, innovation and celebration of teaching, and the creation of programs that touch students' lives every day.
  • 1 endowed chair -- The Bearman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship
  • 2 named scholarship programs -- Sondheim Public Affairs Scholarship Program and the Sherman STEM Teacher Education Program
  • 37 new named endowed scholarships
  • 1 named lecture series -- Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship
  • 79 new endowed funds
  • 10 Black & Gold Scholarships -- Donor supports same student all four years
  • 8 graduate fellowship opportunities -- Bank of America, Erickson, W.R. Grace, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Public Policy, Rouse and Wyeth
Campaign donations also provided ongoing support for:
  • The Meyerhoff Scholars Program
  • Linehan Artist Scholars Program
  • Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship
  • CASTLE (CNMS Active Science Teaching and Learning Environment) -- sponsored by SAIC
  • Retriever Net -- UMBC's alumni online community
  • Relationship Violence Program -- sponsored by Verizon