Your Gift has a Diverse & Lasting Impact

Since our founding, philanthropy has played a critical role at Stevenson University. Charitable gifts have helped us prepare thousands of students to succeed in their careers. Today, the generosity of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends continue to shape the education we offer our students.

Learn how your gift will make a difference at Stevenson University below.

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Claire E. Moore Scholarship

Claire Moore ’67 ’02 is the person who made Stevenson home for so many students and alumni. Throughout Claire’s thirty-five year career at Stevenson, she led the University with her heart and kept her focus on students.

To celebrate Claire’s lifelong commitment to building a community that fosters student growth and achievement, the Claire E. Moore Scholarship was created. The scholarship provides relief to a rising senior who has contributed to the Stevenson community – much like Claire has – and is currently at risk of leaving school due to financial hardship.

Help to support students who strengthen the community that Claire has built for Stevenson by making a gift to support the Claire E. Moore Scholarship today.

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About Claire:

Claire’s Stevenson legacy began as an undergraduate in the legal secretarial program at Villa Julie College. As a member of the Class of 1967 and the SGA, Claire was a leader in campus life, a position she would keep and treasure for decades to come.

In 1982, Claire returned to her alma mater to serve as the Director of Student Activities. Through her leadership and collaborative spirit, she developed Stevenson’s Residence Life program from the ground up, established an athletics program, and helped to create the Wellness Center. While developing these programs she continually solicited and valued student input, and worked closely with the students to ensure that these facilities met their needs.

In 2005 Claire was promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs, where she was present for many Student Government Association meetings, diversity talks, and club sponsored events.

In 2016, President Manning announced his retirement and Claire was selected to serve as Stevenson’s Interim President. As Stevenson’s fifth President, she led the University continuing her unwavering commitment to students’ success, growth, and well-being.

Once President Hirshman was appointed, the entire student body was excited to welcome Claire back to Student Affairs, especially the 2018 Senior Class Council, who established this scholarship fund to honor her contributions to their student experience.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Stevenson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is dedicated to the full student-athlete experience while unifying all of the various teams! They provide a voice for the student athletes, both in the NCAA and within the Stevenson athletic community.

SAAC is dedicated to building an even stronger community among all teams in the athletic program by participating in and organizing events where student-athletes can come together as one group. During these events our student-athletes have the opportunity to meet other athletes, participate in fun competitions, and attend seminars that are geared to their unique experiences.

With your gift, you are helping SAAC to give back to the athletic community by hosting these events.

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The Mary Tourney Emergency Book Fund

In some instances, Stevenson students can’t keep up with the soaring cost of textbooks. While our students have the drive to succeed in their classes, many are at risk to fall behind their classmates simply because they can’t afford to buy the required books.

The Mary Tourney Emergency Book Fund helps solve this problem. Established in 2003, it provides Stevenson students the financial support they need in order to purchase their textbooks.

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Each year, many alumni, faculty, and staff contribute to the fund. With your gift to the Mary Tourney Emergency Book Fund, you can help more students get the books they need to learn.

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About the Mary Tourney Emergency Book Fund

The Mary Tourney Emergency Book Fund was established by retired Professor of Human Services Dr. Gigi Franyo-Ehlers. She saw firsthand the difficulties students in her classes faced when they couldn’t afford to purchase their textbook. Dr. Franyo-Ehlers named this fund after her mother, a teacher who knew that having the right tools was critical for students to learn.

Mission: I’m Home

After participating in a service learning project in New Orleans, a group of Stevenson University students formed Mission: I’m Home (MIH). MIH teams with local service organizations to rebuild and repair homes damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. Each year, a group of students, faculty, and staff travels to communities in New Orleans and Staten Island in order to help families return to their homes.

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Each year, Mission: I’m Home relies on contributions from students, families, companies, and others to fund their service trips. You can make sure Stevenson students continue to help families put their lives back together by making your gift today.

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About Mission: I’m Home

Mission: I’m Home was founded by several Stevenson students in 2009 after volunteering with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since then, hundreds of Stevenson students have made yearly trips to New Orleans to repair damaged houses. Recently, MIH added a “Mission In May” trip to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Rita in Staten Island, New York.

Shannon Henretty ’14 was an inspiration to everyone she met and motivated others to be the best version of themselves. Shannon was an outstanding nursing student who excelled in the classroom, conducted research, and participated in a mission trip to serve the people of Haiti. She was a student athlete and an assistant coach for Stevenson’s cross country and track and field teams. And, she was a passionate volunteer and supporter of a number of causes including Relay for Life, Mission: I’m Home, and more.

Shannon is remembered for the joy she brought to those around her. Shannon made others feel like they mattered, and shared her energy and passion with others. She was there for family, friends, and strangers alike. She was loved deeply.

To honor Shannon’s memory, family and friends are raising money to support the Shannon Henretty ’14 Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will benefit nursing majors with financial need who embody Shannon’s passion to serve others.

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Please help build Shannon’s legacy by making a gift to support the Shannon Henretty ’14 Annual Scholarship today.

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About Shannon

Shannon Henretty, a 2014 nursing graduate of Stevenson University, passed away at the age of 23 on December 26, 2014 from pneumonia complications. She fulfilled her career ambition and was working as an ICU nurse at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore at the time of her death. A native of Marriottsville, Shannon was born on July 3, 1991 in Columbia, Maryland. She graduated from Liberty High School and spent two years at Virginia Tech before transferring to Stevenson University. She is survived by her parents, Jim and Debbie Henretty, her sister Kristen and her brother Matthew.

Stevenson Partners

Stevenson Partners

Stevenson Partners recognizes companies providing vital financial aid to one or more Stevenson University students.

By establishing a scholarship award in their company’s name, Stevenson Partners receive exclusive branding and talent acquisition opportunities. We also recognize the generosity of participating companies at events, including the President’s Dinner and the Stevenson Annual Scholarship Luncheon.

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Stevenson University Mock Trial

Each year, The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) puts out a case file to all undergraduate mock trial teams across the nation. Teams prepare for and compete in trial simulations at Regionals and Opening Round Championships (ORCS) with the ultimate goal of reaching National competition.

Led by Melanie Snyder, professor of law and the Mock Trial coach, Stevenson University’s team has competed against top colleges and universities in the nation, including Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and American. The team’s performance has earned them invitations to tournaments and exhibitions throughout the region.

Through competitions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills and gain knowledge of legal practices, evidence, and procedures. They also learn the importance of team work and professionalism. The skills that the students gain through this experience are invaluable and cannot truly be duplicated in the classroom.

Stevenson now has over 20 hard-working and academically driven students who make up two teams. One member explains: “We go beyond being just a team. We are a family, and we continue to grow and support each other to become better, individually and as a team.” Now in its seventh year competing, Snyder describes the group as a “close knit group with an insane amount of talent.”

Because of its success and the drive of the students, the Stevenson Mock Trial teams are determined to participate in more challenges and competitions. With the support of alumni, friends, and family, they know they can meet their goals. They have set a goal to raise $5,000 for the program and, just like preparing for the competition itself, each team member is working hard to ensure a successful effort for the whole group.

During the 2018-2019 season, the program competed in invitational tournaments at Elizabethtown College, Temple University, and Johns Hopkins University. They co-hosted the Baltimore Area Regional Tournament with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in February on the Owings Mills Campus.

Thanks to their hard work, and through contributions from the Stevenson community, the 2018-2019 contingent has reached their season goal of earning a bid in the Opening Round Championship Series. With continued contributions, their dreams of reaching the next step – Nationals – can also become a reality.

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The Susan Palmer Slattery, Ph.D. Lecture Fund

The Susan Palmer Slattery Lecture Fund was established in memory of Susan Palmer Slattery, a former Chair of Stevenson University’s Mathematics Department and a Professor of Mathematics.

The Slattery Lecture Fund brings scientists and mathematicians to Stevenson University each year to speak to students, faculty, staff and friends. Established in 2010, this lecture series carries on Dr. Slattery’s hope of making science and math accessible to all students.

To honor Dr. Slattery’s memory, family and friends are raising money to endow the Slattery Lecture Fund. This will provide the funding necessary to host the lecture each year and to recruit accomplished and engaging speakers.

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About Dr. Susan Palmer Slattery:

Dr. Susan Palmer Slattery came to Stevenson University in 2005 to chair the mathematics department. She worked tirelessly to engage students and colleagues in the pursuit of academic excellence and collegiality across disciplines. Dr. Slattery championed STEM education for people of all ages, and managed Stevenson University’s Summer Science Camp for middle school students.

She passed away in August of 2010 in a tragic car accident. Her love of life and learning was boundless, and her memory will be forever cherished by the entire Stevenson University community.

Senior Class Gift

As a graduating senior, commemorate your remarkable achievement by making a gift of your class year (or more) to an area of the university that you love, and we will send you the Stevenson green and white philanthropy cord to proudly wear at graduation.

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Why should I give?

The Senior Class Gift is a special way for Stevenson graduates to support future students. All gifts support students like you and will help the future class meet their educational and extracurricular goals. Gifts from students and alumni also work to strengthen the worth and attractiveness of your degree to potential employers, as the percentage of alumni and seniors who donate to the University is a factor in determining the University’s ranking generated by U.S. News & World Report.

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Please contact Marlene K. Van Horn, Associate Director for Advancement Services, at (443)334-2901 or