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December 1, 2005


Frederick, Maryland – December 5, 2005 – Hood College received nearly $3.6 million from its largest benefactor, The Hodson Trust.

The money, presented to Hood College President Ronald J. Volpe Thursday, was donated by the Hodson Trust and the Hodson Scholarship Foundation. The $2.5 million from the Hodson Trust will be used for organizational support, including capital improvements. Another $1 million from the Hodson Foundation will be used for academic innovation and scholarships for Hodson-Gilliam Scholars at Hood.

Since its first gift to the college, The Hodson Trust has been instrumental in helping shape Hood College into a premier educational institution. Since 1936, The Hodson Trust has given Hood nearly $44 million. The college has used the money to support student scholarships, professor endowments, athletic programs, research grants, internships and to build and upgrade campus infrastructure. Most recently the Trust contributed $13 million to build the state-of-the-art Hodson Science and Technology Center, completed in 2002.

Throughout the college, the Hodson name is prevalent from scholarships for students and fellowships for faculty to a lecture series and named buildings. Some of the Hodson-named buildings and facilities are the Hodson Outdoor Theatre, the Hodson Swimming Pool in the Gambrill Gymnasium, the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center, the Hodson Science and Technology Center and the Beneficial-Hodson Library and Information Technology Center.

Each year the Hodson grant is distributed among four colleges: Hood, Johns Hopkins University, Washington College and St. John's College.

The Hodson Trust was settled in 1920 to support excellence in education by the family of Beneficial Corporation founder Col. Clarence Hodson. In addition to scholarships and large construction projects, grants from the trust and the foundation have supported research, academic and athletic programs, new facilities, professorships and other initiatives to advance the missions of the four Maryland colleges.

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Baltimore, Maryland – December 2, 2005 – A scholarship program to assist exceptionally talented minority students underrepresented at Johns Hopkins will be renamed in memory of James H. Gilliam Jr., President William R. Brody announced last week. An attorney with degrees from Morgan State University and Columbia University School of Law, Gilliam served on the board of the Hodson Trust.

photo of Hodson Scholars and James H. Gilliam Sr. and Linda GJ. Gilliam

Hodson Scholars Leslie Burton Theibert and Meredith Hope, seniors who spoke at the luncheon, talk with James H. Gilliam Sr. and Linda G.J. Gilliam.

Hodson Success Scholarships, made possible through the generosity of the Hodson Trust, have been held by nearly 200 students since the program was established at Johns Hopkins in 1993. Beginning next fall, Hodson Success Scholarships will be known as Hodson-Gilliam Success Scholarships, continuing to ensure that awardees do not have to take out loans during their undergraduate years.

President William R. Brody made the announcement at a luncheon recognizing all Hodson Scholars, held Dec. 1 on the Homewood campus.

"Johns Hopkins University is honored to name the Hodson-Gilliam Success Scholarships in Jim Gilliam's memory," Brody said. "The accomplishments and values of this exceptional man will inspire Hodson-Gilliam Scholars at Johns Hopkins for generations to come."

Gilliam, who died in 2003 at age 58, was executive vice president and general counsel of Beneficial Corp. He served on a number of national boards including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which recently established the Gilliam Graduate Fellowships to provide support for disadvantaged students, including those from underrepresented minority groups, to pursue doctoral studies in the life sciences. A longtime Delaware resident, he was chairman of the Governor's Judicial Nominating Commission, chairman of the Administrative Enhancement Committee of the Delaware Supreme Court, a member of the executive committee and board of the Medical Center of Delaware and founding chairman of Wilmington 2000 to redevelop the city. He served on the boards of Goldey-Beacom College, Delaware State University and the Columbia University School of Law. He also was active at Morgan State, to which he and his wife, Linda G.J. Gilliam, in 2000 made the largest individual gift in that university's history, a $1.5 million fine arts endowment in honor of his parents, James H. and Louise Hayley Gilliam.

Finn M.W. Caspersen, chairman of the Hodson Trust, said, "Jim's life reflected his deeply held belief that to whom much is given, much is required. His commitment to excellence in education and his benevolence created opportunities for thousands of deserving young people." Caspersen, who headed the Beneficial Corp. until its 1998 merger with Household International, also said, "Through his leadership and quiet strength, Jim Gilliam transcended partisanship and inspired others to cross economic, racial and political divides."

The Hodson Trust was settled in 1920 by the family of Colonel Clarence Hodson, founder of Beneficial Corp., to support excellence in education. Today, the trust makes grants to Johns Hopkins and three other Maryland institutions of higher education.

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Annapolis, Maryland – December 16, 2005 – St. John's College has received a grant of $2.5 million from The Hodson Trust toward construction costs of Gilliam Hall, a student dormitory and an additional $442,000 for student scholarships.

Over the years, the college has received almost $20 million in grants from the Trust, based in Wilmington, Delaware.

St. John's is one of four private colleges to receive an annual grant from The Hodson Trust, which was settled in 1920 by the family of Colonel Clarence Hodson, Beneficial Corporation founder, to support excellence in education. The Hodson Trust has honored Col. Hodson's interest in higher education by giving millions of dollars to endow academic merit scholarships at all four schools. In addition, grants from the Trust have supported research, academic programs, new facilities, professorships, and other initiatives to advance the missions of the four Maryland colleges.

This gift is a magnificent expression of the support of The Hodson Trust for the work we do at St. John's, said the college's president, Christopher Nelson. We are a stronger and better school for the Trust's steady and generous support.

Gilliam Hall, the first new dormitory since 1954, opened last fall. It houses 40 students and includes a kitchen and ample common room space. The building is named in honor of the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., who had been a Hodson trustee and friend of the college.

Over the years, significant improvements to the campus could not have been accomplished without Hodson grants. The Hodson Trust has assisted in funding renovations for the Greenfield Library, wiring the campus for the Internet, improving the athletic program, renovating and expanding Mellon Hall, and renovating the college Boathouse.

Contact: Rosemary Harty (443-716-4011)

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Chestertown, Maryland – December 5, 2005 – Washington College has been awarded $2.5 million in grants from The Hodson Trust to establish merit scholarships for science majors and to support the College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, officials of the College have announced.

"For many decades, The Hodson Trust has played a critical role in the growth of our institution and the success of generations of our students," said Baird Tipson, President of the College. "The Trust's generosity has leveraged our success in academics and recruitment. We are grateful for its special commitment to private independent higher education in Maryland."

In its current grant to Washington College, The Trust has designated $1.25 million to establish a merit-based tuition scholarship program for students intending to major in the sciences. An additional $1.25 million is targeted for the College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, which opened in 2000. Drawing on the special historical strengths of Washington College and Chestertown, the C. V. Starr Center is dedicated to scholarship and programming that explore the nation's founding era, the early republic, the rise of democracy, and the manifold ways in which the founding era continues to shape American culture.

The Trust also has announced the naming of Hodson Foundation Minority Scholarship awards in memory of the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., an attorney, private investor, consultant, philanthropist, and former trustee of the Hodson Trust, executive vice president and general counsel at Beneficial Corporation, and member of the company's Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Mr. Gilliam was an alumnus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., and a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law and the Wharton School's Advanced Management Program.

Hodson-Gilliam Scholarships are presented by Washington College through the generosity of The Hodson Trust to entering students from ethnic backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in higher education. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic and personal achievement.

A grade point average of 3.5 or higher, a rank in the upper 20 percent of the graduating class, a minimum SAT score of 1140, or a minimum ACT score of 25 is required for scholarship consideration. Awards range from $12,500 to $17,500 annually.

The Hodson Trust was established by the family of Colonel Clarence Hodson, founder of the Beneficial Corporation, to support excellence in education. Since 1920, The Hodson Trust has given more than $166 million to fund academic merit scholarships as well as research grants, technology improvements, facilities, library expansion, athletic programs, faculty salaries, and endowment funds at Johns Hopkins University, Hood, St. John's and Washington colleges.

For information about The Hodson Trust, visit www.hodsontrust.org.

Washington College is a private, independent college of liberal arts and sciences located in historic Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, it was the first college chartered in the new nation.

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