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Family and Friends of Maia Felisse McDermott

Family and Friends of Maia Felisse McDermott

Friends and family of Maia Felisse McDermott contributed to a scholarship in her memory.

Maia Felisse McDermott was born in Bryan, TX in 1988. She and her family relocated to Clinton, MA while she was an infant, and this is where she called home until enrolling at UMass Amherst in 2007. During the fall 2009 semester, Maia began her junior year as a Broadcast Journalism major through the Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program. Like many of Maia’s goals and aspirations, Broadcast Journalism was not a traditional major but instead a combination of three majors that she carefully constructed to harness her passions and skills. In Maia’s words, she “sculpted” a major that did not exist, but one that would direct her to a career. Among Maia’s first broadcast reports is one that illustrates the strength of minority women through creativity.

As a UMass student, Maia was well known for her charismatic smile and energetic personality. Although she had the typical ups and downs associated with young adulthood, she always managed to come through every challenging situation with a get-back-on-the-horse attitude and often offered support to her friends during their difficult times as well. She was never daunted by others’ troubles and was always there with a kind word or push of encouragement or shoulder to cry on, sometimes traveling miles at a minute’s notice knowing someone needed her. For this she was widely admired and appreciated.

At a winter solstice celebration in 2009, Maia introduced herself as someone who “can live in ways that inspire other people.” Two months later, on February 20, 2010, Maia’s car crashed into a utility pole as she was heading home after a night out with friends. It was a tragic accident that ended Maia’s physical life but did not end her spirit or ability to inspire other people. To honor and celebrate Maia’s energetic and enduring spirit, Maia’s family, friends and classmates have established the Maia Felisse McDermott Memorial BDIC Scholarship. They continue to be deeply influenced by Maia’s strong will and can-do spirit, and hope that this scholarship will inspire others to embrace Maia’s motto “Carpe Diem” and help make our world a better place.

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Family and Friends of Marybeth T. Murphy

Family and Friends of Marybeth T. Murphy

The family and friends of Marybeth T. Murphy, a 1983 UMass Amherst graduate who studied landscape architecture with a major in environmental design established this scholarship in her memory. Murphy earned her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marybeth T. Murphy Memorial Scholarship serves as a tribute to her and her commitment of urban public art. As a landscape architect, she was captivated by the magical qualities of our natural world and inspired by the notion that this enchanting place is for all to enjoy equally. She helped design many parks, city streets, and bike trails in an effort to make the world a more beautiful place. Her highly-developed sense of social responsibility, coupled with her enormous courage, guided her throughout her life. Friends and family established this scholarship to provide needed support for students who share her ideals.
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Friends and Loved Ones of David C. Knapp

Friends and Loved Ones of David C. Knapp

David C. Knapp was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1927, and received his B.A. in political science from Syracuse University in 1947. He entered the University of Chicago; earning his M.A. in 1948. Knapp served in the U.S. Army’s Second Armored Division in Ft. Hood, Texas and West Germany from 1950 to 1952 and returned to Chicago to complete his Ph.D. in political science in 1953. Knapp joined the faculty of the University of New Hampshire in 1953 as an assistant professor of government. From 1955 to 1961, he assumed the duties of assistant to the president in addition to that of associate professor. He served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UNH for 1961–1962. During his tenure at UNH, he took leaves as a Fulbright Scholar in Finland and a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University. In 1963, Knapp became associate director of the Study of American Colleges of Agriculture. The study was financed by the Carnegie Corporation, and was based at the University of Maryland, College Park. While still working on the study, Dr. Knapp became director of the Institute of College & University Administrators of the American Council on Education. He left both posts in 1968 to accept an appointment as dean of the New York State College of Home Economics. He proposed changing its name to the New York State College of Human Ecology, and Knapp was the first male to hold the post, a position he held until being appointed Cornell University provost in 1974 under President Dale Corson. Knapp addressed reductions in state funding, campus activism, and the expanding expectations of women students. He organized the merger of the Human Ecology College with a separate Graduate School of Nutrition. In 1978, Knapp left Cornell to become president of the University of Massachusetts where he served until 1990. As president of UMass from 1978 to 1990, Knapp worked to improve the academic reputation of the university and to expand its role in economic development and international relations. In his inaugural address, he stated that the American people had created a social compact with higher education to improve the condition of society, and during his presidency he sought to renew the social purpose of the university after more than a decade of internal turmoil. Under his leadership, UMass worked to support the growth of technology industries in the Commonwealth through the establishment of a Polymer Science Research Center and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Institute. Knapp made the university a pioneer in distance learning through the creation of the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications. After a decade as president, Knapp organized a commission on the future of the university. The Commission’s recommendations led to the consolidation of two other public universities into the UMass system, expanding the system from three to five campuses. Knapp also sought to enhance the university’s international profile by strengthening existing relationships with universities in Japan and Germany, and developing new relationships with Russia and China. He also broadened the university’s long-standing ties with Japan’s Hokkaido University into a sister state agreement between Massachusetts and Hokkaido. For this effort, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan in 1990. He also was awarded the Staufer Medal by the government of Baden-Württemberg in 1992 for his efforts to promote development and trade between Massachusetts and Baden-Württemberg. After his retirement as president of UMass in 1990, Knapp was named President Emeritus of the University and served as the Ralph Waldo Emerson Professor until 1993. During his retirement, Knapp served on the governing boards of several organizations. He passed away on April 13, 2010.

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Friends and Loved Ones of Dr. Theodore C. Caldwell

Friends and Loved Ones of Dr. Theodore C. Caldwell

Dr. Theodore C. Caldwell, was a graduate of Wooster College. He received his M.A degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Yale. His field was English History. Caldwell was appointed to the University of Massachusetts faculty in 1935 and retired in June 1970. In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Caldwell was a faculty fellow for the Southwest Residential College, a member of the history department executive committee, and served as department head. He also served on the University Affairs Committee and the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Study Committee. Among his publications is, “The Anglo-Boer War—Why Was It Fought,” which was published as part of the “Problems in European Civilization” series.

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Friends and Loved Ones of Nancy Jean Lahteine Palmer

Friends and Loved Ones of Nancy Jean Lahteine Palmer

The Nancy Jean Lahteine Palmer Scholarship is named for Nancy Palmer, who passed away in 2007. She was the wife of 18 years to Falmouth Town Clerk Michael Palmer and had a son and two daughters. Mrs. Palmer was born in Hyannis, grew up in Centerville and graduated from Barnstable High School in 1974. She also graduated from Cape Cod Community College and University of Massachusetts in Amherst. While at UMass she was a member of the IGU sorority. Nancy worked as a real estate agent for Century 21 Reagan Realty in Falmouth and as a waitress several nights a week at Paul’s Pizza in Falmouth. Over the years she was active in local politics, ran several campaigns for local candidates and served on the Falmouth Republican Town Committee. She had been an active member of the PTO of the Mullen Hall School in Falmouth.

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Mrs. Goodman

Friends and Loved Ones of Professor Albert P. Madeira

Friends and Loved Ones of Professor Albert P. Madeira

This scholarship was established in memory of Associate Professor of English Albert Madeira who was recruited to select and coach the University’s 1964 College Bowl team. The G.E. College Bowl was a competition between college students that aired on national television from 1959-1970. The team’s prize winnings were used to create this scholarship fund.

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Mrs. Edmands

GOLD Alumni Donors and the UMass Amherst Foundation Board

GOLD Alumni Donors and the UMass Amherst Foundation Board

These annual GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) scholarships were established through matching funds provided by the UMass Amherst Foundation Board, a group of dedicated alumni and friends who support private fundraising on behalf of UMass. Awarded for the first time in the fall of 2017, the GOLD scholarships are made available through the combined generosity of the UMass Amherst Foundation Board and numerous UMass Amherst GOLD undergraduate alumni donors. Annually, the Foundation Board challenges members of each of the ten most recently graduated classes to make a gift of any amount to their favorite area of campus, as a way to show their pride in their alma mater. For every GOLD class that reaches 250 donors, 5 new $1,000 scholarships are “unlocked” and are awarded by Financial Aid to students of the upcoming senior class. If all ten GOLD classes achieve their goal in a given year, a total of $50,000 in new scholarships will be awarded to worthy seniors the following academic year.

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GOLD Alumni Donors and the UMass Amherst Foundation Board

Higher Hopes Donors

Higher Hopes Donors

Anonymous donors.

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Higher Hopes Donors

Isenberg Family Charitable Foundation

Isenberg Family Charitable Foundation

The Isenberg Family Charitable Foundation is a private, family foundation founded through the generosity of the late Eugene (“Gene”) M. Isenberg and his wife Ronnie Isenberg. A serial entrepreneur, Gene successfully built a string of industrial enterprises, most notably serving as CEO and Chairman of Nabors Industries. Under Gene’s leadership, Nabors grew from a small, drilling company employing 300 people in 1987 into the world’s largest land and offshore platform driller, currently employing over 29,000.

From humble beginnings in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Gene often remarked that “his success far surpassed any expectations he had when he was younger”. He, therefore, offered philanthropic support to causes he believed in, particularly education, medicine and the performing arts. Gene was a particularly strong advocate of education, often making resources available to those who were unable to afford or access quality education.

Gene was a dedicated supporter of his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst). He had served as both President and Board Member of the UMASS Amherst Foundation, as well as co-chair of the university’s ongoing, $300M UMass Rising campaign. In recognition of his contributions and leadership, the UMass business school was named The Isenberg School of Management. Gene greatly valued interdisciplinary learning and established three endowed chairs-in the School of Management, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the College of Engineering.

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Jennifer Hanes Schromm

Jennifer Hanes Schromm

Jennifer Hanes Schromm is a 1983 graduate of UMass Amherst who majored in Journalism and French and was a member of the University Honors Program. She holds an MBA from Boston University. With more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Jennifer is currently Chief Operating Officer for Buy Side Solutions with FIS, a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest global provided dedicated to banking and payments technologies. She serves on the Commonwealth Honors College Advisory Board.

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John Brezinski

John Brezinski

John Brezinski was a 1975 Chemistry honors graduate who leveraged his Transit Service CDL into various tractor-trailer summer positions, including one with a major international oil company, while in graduate school. John B.’s Roads (sic) Scholarship was created to support full-time junior year students who are also Transit Service employees at UMass Amherst.

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John Dempsey

John Dempsey

John Dempsey, a 1974 BDIC alumnus established the Dempsey Opportunity Scholarship for BDIC in appreciation of his undergraduate experience at UMass Amherst.

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Joseph J. Tabacco and Peggy Schmidt

Joseph J. Tabacco and Peggy Schmidt

Attorney Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr. is a 1971 political science graduate of UMass Amherst. While at UMass he was active in student government, having served two terms as Class President. In 1974, Attorney Tabacco received his law degree with Honors from George Washington University School of Law. He served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division for several years before entering private practice in New York City. In the early 1990’s Attorney Tabacco relocated to the San Francisco Bay area and opened the San Francisco office of Berman, DeValerio, Pease & Tabacco law firm with offices in Boston and Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Peggy Schmidt is an independent college counselor who established her practice, Smart College Choices, seven years ago. She is a graduate of the UCLA College Counseling Program. Ms. Schmidt has covered education issues for national magazines and the New York Times. She has written or produced more than two dozen non-fiction trade books. As education editor of Glamour magazine for eight years, she wrote two monthly columns on college and career-related topics.

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Linda Slakey

Linda Slakey

Professor Linda Slakey is a graduate of Siena Heights College (B.S. in Chemistry), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in Biochemistry.) She did postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Slakey was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973. She was Head of the Department from 1986 until 1991, and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) from 1993 until 2000. In September of 2000, she was appointed Dean of Commonwealth College, the honors college of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her scientific work focused on lipid metabolism and vascular biology, and was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the National Science Foundation. As Dean of NSM and of Commonwealth College she was active in supporting teaching and learning initiatives throughout the University. She joined the National Science Foundation in November of 2006 as Director of the Division of Undergraduate Education.

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Lynda Walker

Lynda Walker

Lynda Walker is a 1982 Accounting and Information Systems graduate of UMass Amherst who was also a member of the UMass Amherst Honors Program. She received her J.D. in 1985 from the University of Indiana School of Law. She has built a career as a very successful benefits and compensation professional in the corporate world.

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Massachusetts Society for the University Education of Women

Massachusetts Society for the University Education of Women

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Ms. Cirillo

Mass Mutual

Mass Mutual

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Mr. Duquette

Matthew Littlefield

Matthew Littlefield

The David and Linda Littlefield Scholarshp was established by Matthew Littlefield, a 1999 graduate of UMass Amherst to honor his parents. Mr. Littlefield studied abroad in Mexico as an undergraduate student, and directed his scholarship to support Commonwealth Honors College participating in study abroad programs.

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Melvin Howard

Melvin Howard

Melvin Howard is a 1957 economics graduate of UMass Amherst who was also a member of the University Honors Program. He served as the Chair of the Commonwealth Honors College Advisory Board for eighteen years. Mr. Howard has had an impressive 40-year career leading some of the United States top business firms. Prior to his retirement, he was Chief Financial Officer of Ford Motor Company, Chief Financial Officer for Xerox Corporation in the 1970’s, and Vice Chairman of Xerox and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Financial Services in the 1980’s. Howard has always maintained a close relationship with UMass Amherst over the years and has been a tireless supporter and advocate of the flagship campus. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 1999 and the Distinguished Service Alumni Award in 2010.

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Members of the Class of 1941

Members of the Class of 1941

Members of the Class of 1941 created the Class of 1941 Humanitarian Award in 1991 during their 50th reunion. The award recognizes Commonwealth Honors College students who share the Class of 1941’s commitment to world peace and the furthering of human progress.

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Members of the Class of 1952

Members of the Class of 1952

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1952.

Members of the Class of 1954

Members of the Class of 1954

This fund was established by the Class of 1954 as a 35th reunion gift.

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Mr. & Mrs. Craig

Members of the Class of 1957

Members of the Class of 1957

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1957.

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Ms. Moriarty

Members of the Class of 1958

Members of the Class of 1958

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1958.

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Members of the Class of 1958

Members of the Class of 1960

Members of the Class of 1960

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1960.

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Mr. Moriarty

Members of the Class of 1965

Members of the Class of 1965

This fund was established by the Class of 1965 in conjunction with their 50th reunion at UMass Amherst.

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Members of the Class of 1965

Members of the Class of 1965

Members of the Class of 1965

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1965.

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Mr. O’Sullivan

Members of the Class of 1968

Members of the Class of 1968

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1968.

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Dr. Allen J. Davis

Members of the Class of 1971

Members of the Class of 1971

This fund was estabalished by members of the Class of 1971.

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Members of the Class of 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Dodge

Mr. and Mrs. Dodge

The University of Massachusetts Foundation created the Dodge Scholarship, designed to assist high-achieving students enrolled at the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Medical School campuses with demonstrated financial need.

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Mr. and Mrs. Dodge