Growing endowment expands options.

Endowment gifts will help generate over $900,000 in additional funds each year to support the students who will be the barrier breakers of the future. To provide this ongoing support, we seek to grow the University’s endowment by $18.2 million.

Without a college degree, earning potential is cut nearly in half, on average.

Student Scholarships

Your support of endowed student scholarships will help us continue our mission to bring greater equity and social mobility to students.

More than 95% of NDMU students receive financial aid. Among undergraduates, 55% of students qualify for federal Pell Grants, for those with the highest levels of financial need, and 46% of students are the first in their families to attend college.

NDMU matches state Guaranteed Access Grants to meet 100% of the financial need of Maryland high school seniors with high levels of need.

An NDMU education makes a difference. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked NDMU #1 in Maryland and #11 nationally among the Top Performers in Social Mobility.

Faculty Scholarship and Research

When you support faculty research, you help enhance the quality and value of our programs, expand opportunities for students to gain career-relevant research experience, and maintain our national program accreditations.

Adding $3 million in endowment for research will generate $150,000 each year for faculty scholarship, almost tripling what is currently available. This will open student opportunities in valuable fields. For instance, NDMU:

  • Has added two new ways to earn an accelerated bachelor’s degree in its nationally accredited nursing program
  • Offers more programs in teacher-shortage fields, including STEM and English as a second language, than any other Maryland university
  • Has started Maryland’s first occupational therapy doctoral program at a private university and established the first bachelor’s and master’s programs in art therapy in Maryland

Women’s Leadership Institute of Baltimore

The Women’s Leadership Institute of Baltimore (WLIB) unites women to benefit the Baltimore regional community and supports programming that prepares Notre Dame students to become effective leaders who bring about change.

You can advance women as high-performing professionals and community leaders by helping to create an endowed fund for WLIB programs and initiatives.

The new Mentorship and Sponsorship Program will assist undergraduate students in finding and fostering a long-term professional relationship with a mentor or sponsor in their field of interest. The new Young Women’s Leadership Program will empower high school-aged women in Baltimore with critical leadership skills, targeting those with the highest levels of financial need.

Notre Dame was the first Catholic college in the nation to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees to women. Much remains to be done—for instance, only 7% of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are female.

Mission and Service

Your endowment gift can support service opportunities that are integral to our mission.

Service takes place through coursework, field placements at high-needs schools and hospitals, and campus ministry. On average, students, faculty and staff spend 100,000 hours annually engaged in the Baltimore community.

Notre Dame also provides service as an institution, such as bringing leadership training to managers at Catholic Charities of Baltimore.

< Back to Grow Endowment