The matching gift program of the University of Maine’s Vision for Tomorrow campaign has raised more than $4.8 million, according to the University of Maine Foundation.
A $1 million bequest from an anonymous donor leveraged $3.8 million in additional support for UMaine. The now-completed program was part of the public phase of the Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive campaign, a $200 million fundraising drive.
The majority of the matching gift support is directed to undergraduate scholarships. Donors have used the match to leverage support for existing endowments and to create 45 new ones.
Financial aid for students is a top priority for the campaign, which has already raised more than $160 million for scholarships, a new Engineering Education and Design Center, and other needs on and off campus, including at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole and the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.
Financial support for students advances all four of the campaign’s priorities — fostering student success, ensuring access for all of Maine, catalyzing Maine’s economy and accelerating discovery to impact. From the moment students are accepted to UMaine, the goal is timely graduation. Ongoing, reliable scholarship support is essential to achieving that goal.
Ensuring that qualified students have access to the University of Maine, and that they have the support they need to achieve success will allow UMaine to catalyze the state’s economy and accelerate the path from discovery to impact.