Chestertown, MD, January 9, 2001 — Four major commitments in December pushed the Campaign for Washington's College to $64 million in just the first two years of a five-year fund-raising goal of $72 million. The four gifts will be doubled in value in accordance with a $10 million challenge from The Hodson Trust.
Major gifts include $1 million from Connie and Carl Ferris of Rock Hall, Md., to establish a Chair in Business Management; $800,000 from Chevy Chase Bank to endow the Chevy Chase Bank Scholarship; and $100,000 from the Seraph Foundation to create the Seraph Foundation Scholarship.
"On behalf of the entire Washington College community, I extend my deep thanks to everyone who has contributed to the early successes in our Campaign," said Jack S. Griswold, Chair of the National Campaign Cabinet. "Response to the Hodson Trust Challenge has been wonderful. More than 15 gifts totaling $6 million will be matched by The Hodson Trust."
In addition to scholarships, faculty support, campus enhancements and improvements to academic programs, Campaign funds are helping to develop three new centers of excellence at Washington College: The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment and Society and the Center for Writing and the Creative Process.