For the past half century, the Salisbury University Foundation, Inc., has worked with donors to administer millions of dollars in scholarships to help students. The Foundation marked the 50th anniversary of its incorporation on Thursday, Feb. 16, with an open house at the SU Foundation Center.

With a current endowment of nearly $100 million, the Foundation set a new record for scholarship funding last fiscal year, administering some $1.5 million in student awards.

Beyond scholarships, virtually every student who has attended SU in the past 15 years has been impacted by the Foundation’s work, which has included securing and administering funds for the construction of new buildings that have changed the skyline of Route 13: Perdue Hall, the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons and Sea Gull Stadium, to name just a few.

Inside those and other buildings, the Foundation is responsible for securing the state-of-the-art equipment that has allowed students to hone their skills at cutting-edge facilities such as the Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center, Henson High-Performance Computing Lab and Dave and Patsy Rommel Center for Entrepreneurship. 

The University features five endowed colleges and schools: the Glenda Chatham and Robert G. Clarke Honors College, Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education.

“During my time as a student, I saw first-hand the powerful effect each donor can make on the educational experience at SU,” said Ashley Stern ’08, M’09, chair of the Foundation’s 29-member board of directors. “Without the unwavering support from private donors and the Salisbury University Foundation, many of us may not be where we are today.”

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