The Difference Between Appreciation and Action


People who know the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering can be counted on to truly appreciate what the School and the Center have done for them. It might be an alumna who recognizes the School and the Center's role in launching her professional career or an executive who values the consistent stream of well-trained engineers produced by the School and Center to satisfy his company's personnel needs.

But people who take action--who become donors--also recognize what they can do for the Clark School and the Center for Minorities. They realize that the School and Center's continuing rapid progress depends on individual and organizational donors committed to providing crucial funding beyond the commitment supplied by public sources. They realize that their gifts--no matter how much--always matter.

The Gift Process

First, visit Giving 101 to learn about the types of assets you may contribute, and the various giving methods available to you.  You can also make a gift online to directly support CMSE and the students it supports.  See below:


The CMSE Fund is the general purpose fund for the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering.  

The James N. Newton current-use scholarship fund honors the Anniversary of the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering (CMSE) and recognizes the contributions of James N. Newton, the past director of CMSE, to the Clark School. Support to this fund benefits underrepresented and other engineering students who embrace the goal of increasing the participation of Black/African American, Latino and Native American students  in engineering.


The Michael L. Cherry Memorial Scholarship was created by the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering and minority engineering alumni in memory of Baltimore native, Michael L. Cherry. Michael was a 1984 electrical engineering graduate of the University of Maryland and member of the Black Engineers Society who was killed in an automobile accident on October 29, 1985. Each year this scholarship is awarded to the student who best exemplifies Michael’s qualities of persistence, hard work and dedication to helping others.

The mission of BES can be stated as the “3 R’s”: To recruit, retain and release qualified minorities in the fields of computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences. This goal is accomplished through numerous programs, services and activities that help to academically and professionally develop minority science and engineering students.

Give to BES

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) uses these funds for activities that support the retention and professional leadership development of their students.

Give to SHPE

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program at UMD is designed to assist students in developing the skills and learning the strategies that will guarantee their success in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Through your support and donations we can create better events and programs to assist LSAMP students in their educational and career goals. Contributions could help fund events such as the LSAMP Undergraduate Research Symposium, Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows Community Meetings, Summer Bridge for Scientists and Engineers Community Building activities, and much more.

For questions about supporting LSAMP, please contact:
Chelsey Lamar
LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator
Phone: (301) 405-8106

For general questions about your individual gift, please contact:

Tamika Hodnett
Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Phone: (301) 405-2150