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

A Twofold Promise

The Maryland Promise resonates deeply with Steven Lehrer ('82, chemical engineering and economics) and his wife Isabella. Through a generous commitment to the Maryland Promise—a program that will provide need-based scholarships for undergraduate students from underserved populations in Maryland and Washington, D.C.—the managing director of SBLehrer LLC is helping today’s engineering students get their start where he got his. What’s more, Lehrer’s gift will have twice the impact, thanks to the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise, which provides matching funds from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and the University of Maryland.

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Steven and Isabella Lehrer sitting in front of a fountain

Steven and Isabella Lehrer. Photo: Barbara Banks