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Jennifer and George Reynolds Commit $250,000 for Stevenson Scholarships

January 31, 2022 9:00 AM

George and Jennifer Ward Reynolds

George and Jennifer Ward Reynolds

Stevenson is pleased to announce that university Trustee Jennifer Ward Reynolds and her husband George K. Reynolds III are committing $250,000 to fund current need scholarships for Stevenson students. This gift follows the $100,000 that the Reynolds donated in 2021 to establish the Reynolds Endowed Scholarship to assist students with strong academic standing who demonstrate financial need. 

“We have always believed in the power of higher education to transform lives and prepare students to become successful professionals,” the Reynolds said. “We know that the pandemic has created financial challenges for many students and families, and with this gift we hope to help talented students who are completing their educations at Stevenson but might be facing unexpected financial need.” 

“We are fortunate to not only have Jennifer’s service as a Trustee but to also have two great friends deeply committed to Stevenson’s mission,” said Elliot Hirshman, President of Stevenson University. “We are very grateful for their extraordinary generosity that will make a difference in the lives of our students for years to come.” 

Jennifer Ward Reynolds has served twice as a Trustee of Stevenson with her most recent term on the university’s Board starting in 2018. Currently a partner and director of the Harford County-based commercial real estate firm Ward Properties, she has spent more than 30 years in asset management, most recently holding the position of Vice Chair and Chief Investment Officer of Legg Mason Trust. She has previously served as the chair of the board of trustees at Dickinson College, her undergraduate alma mater. Her service has also included chairing the board of the National Aquarium as well as appointments to the boards of the Walters Art Museum, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. The Maryland Daily Record has twice recognized her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. 

George Reynolds is an attorney with Miles & Stockbridge and a member of the firm’s estate planning and administration practice. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Boston University School of Law, he has practiced law in Maryland for more than 40 years. His areas of focus have included tax law, estate planning and administration, trusts, and elder care law. A regular speaker to professionals and groups on these legal topics, Reynolds is a past Maryland State Chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is currently a member of the board of the Irvine Nature Center and a past board member of the Walters Art Museum, the Howard County Conservancy, the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation, and the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter. 

Originally founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, Stevenson University serves more than 2,700 undergraduate students at its campus in Owings Mills, Md. The university also offers a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree as well as online master’s and bachelor’s programs through Stevenson University Online. Stevenson’s mission is dedicated to providing connections to careers, a supportive community, and exceptional experiences in and out of the classroom to foster our students’ academic, social, and professional success. 

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