What is your fearless idea?

Fearless Ideas will fuel our continued ascent as a world-class public research university through: ​

  • investments in our world-renowned faculty;
  • support for innovative programs and capital projects;
  • scholarships and innovative co-curricular programs for students; and
  • expanded research that amplifies our impact as our state’s and nation’s economic driver.

Join us in bringing the Clark School to even greater heights by supporting an element of our school that you feel passionate about:

  • The IDEA Factory will be a space for the greatest minds of our time to work together to create engineering breakthroughs and solve the grand challenges of the 21st century. 
  • Endowed chairs, professorships, and fellowships help advance scholarship in and bolster the importance of engineering, ultimately helping us recruit and retain the best educators.
  • Support for students, which can come in the form of scholarships and graduate fellowships, donations for student teams and activities, or living–learning communities are fundamental to all of our graduates.
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Where to Give

Supporting the Engineering Pipeline

Sue Grudziecki ('63) entered the University of Maryland's College of Education in the middle of the 1959–60 academic year having been taught, at the time, that "women could be secretaries, nurses, or teachers, and unless you were very gutsy, you didn't go for anything else."

So when it came time for Sue and her husband Ron ('62) to give back to Maryland, they felt they could make the biggest difference by supporting more students in pursuit of more choices. They established the Grudziecki Engineering Encouragement Scholarship Fund at Ron's alma mater, the Clark School of Engineering, to provide aspiring Maryland engineers with the financial support they need to pursue their passions.

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A woman wearing a patterned scarf in Maryland colors and a white shirt stands next to a man in a red polo. They are smiling at the camera.

Sue and Ron Grudziecki. Photo: Lee Gillenwater