Celebrating Generosity

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”

― Anthony Robbins

UMES Students

Bravo! We owe a special thanks to the students for catering and serving the event.

On November 14th the Universities at Shady Grove invited all 300+ scholarship recipients to a luncheon honoring our private donors and the representatives from the local organizations that contribute to USG’s scholarship fund.  Our multipurpose room in building II served as the venue for an elegant buffet catered by our undergraduate students of the hospitality and tourism management program of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  During check-in I received my Wheeler Foundation Scholarship award certificate and was directed to my assigned table.  Seated at a large round banquet table I met the representatives of Eagle Bank, a local community bank that contributes generously to the Wheeler Foundation.  I had the pleasure of sitting next to the senior vice president of human resources at Eagle Bank, Lisa Punt, and she shared her insights on banking and offered me encouragement towards my aspirations of becoming a business professional.

The donors and scholarship recipients.

From left to right: Scholarship recipients Nicholas Kohlerman, Derek Nehls, Mai Rabil, and our sponsor Lisa Punt. Far right, special guest Dr. Joshua Starr, Superintendent of Schools for Montgomery County Public schools and member of our Board of Advisors.

The ceremony featured two student speakers: a current student of pharmacology, Andrew Richardson, and a graduate of University of Maryland in social services, Yancy Padilla.  Their stories discussed the challenges of obtaining an education and finding the resources to carry them through college.  Were it not for the support of the donors these two speakers would not have had the tuition assistance to graduate with a degree.  Yancy shared a warmhearted story of success, one where in the face of adversity she learned to rely on the support of the professors and staff at the universities of Shady Grove and more importantly believe in her own potential.  It was the perfect moment for recognizing the donors’ contributions to our students’ education, including myself.  Being a recipient of a scholarship has allowed me to feel the support of our local businesses and want to become more integrated in this wonderful community through volunteer work and giving-back.

Thank you donors!

Thank you donors!

To donate to the scholarship fund or establish a partnership with USG please click here

Here at the Universities at Shady Grove we receive scholarships offered through our home campus and exclusive scholarships offered only to students enrolled in programs at USG.  Over 45 merit and need based scholarships provided more than 300 students a record amount of $850,000 in aid this Fall semester.  There are still funds available for the Spring semester.  Apply before the January 9th deadline at:


Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kendall for your generous support of our students at USG.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kendall for your generous support of our students at USG.

About dereknehls

A Senior at Robert H. Smith School of Business, follow me as I accomplish my aspirations to become a business professional at the UMD's Shady Grove Campus in Rockville, Md.
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2 Responses to Celebrating Generosity

  1. scurry19 says:

    Great post, Derek! The luncheon was a very inspiring event. Its always nice to say thanks to those that contribute so much to our success.

  2. dereknehls says:

    I could not imagine graduating in May 2016 without the financial assistance from our donors. Having met them at the luncheon I feel even more motivated to succeed and make them proud.

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