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December 4, 2014


Frederick, Maryland—December 4, 2014—Hood College has received $2.5 million from The Hodson Trust that will go toward academic initiatives, facilities renovation and faculty and student research and student scholarships.

For the first time since the trust began supporting the college in 1936, a portion of this year's award will be directed toward full tuition scholarships—worth $136,480 over four years—for 15 students from Frederick, Carroll and Washington counties. These top scholars would be required to maintain a 3.75 out of 4.0 overall grade point average to retain the scholarships. If the initiative is successful, the trust has committed to continuing to fund these scholarships in future years.

Also included in this year's gift is $500,000 for the renovation of Tatem Arts Center and upgrades to the Hodson Science and Technology Center; $250,000 for the college's nursing program; $250,000 for faculty and student research; and $1,000,000 for the Hodson Trust Scholarship Endowment for student scholarships.

The Hodson Trust, the college's largest benefactor and whose investment in talented students is a top priority, has awarded the college nearly $80 million.

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Baltimore, Maryland—January 20, 2015—The Hodson Trust continued its longstanding support of the Johns Hopkins University in 2014 with a $2,500,000 grant to support the Hodson Trust Scholarship Endowment and the Hodson/Abeloff Young Investigator in Oncology program, which benefits cancer research. This is the latest show of the Trust's 56-year commitment to academic excellence at Johns Hopkins and brings their cumulative financial contribution to more than $81.7 million.

Another prominent program the Trust helped to establish is the Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA), which began in 1993. PURA offers Hopkins undergraduates opportunities to conduct hands-on research, enhancing their learning experience and helping them develop important investigative skills. Last year, 43 students received awards and embarked on projects as far ranging as a human stem cell model for studying genetic mutations in inherited neurodevelopmental disease, a study of the relationship between tempo and auditory object encoding, and a reconstruction and study of the Ming Dynasty two-stage rocket.

The university celebrated the Trust's partnership on December 4 at the Hodson Scholars Luncheon, an annual event that gives Hodson scholarship recipients the chance to express their appreciation and Hodson trustees to offer their congratulations. President Ronald Daniels, Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid David Phillips, and two members of the Class of 2015, Nicole Cade-Ferreira and Athanasia Livas, all gave remarks. One hundred forty-six students are receiving support from the Trust during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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December 9, 2014—The Hodson Trust recently awarded St. John's College $2.5 million, with $250,000 to support the college's curricular study of quantum mechanics and biology, and $2.25 million for financial aid, assuring access for qualified undergraduates enrolled at the Annapolis campus of this independent, coeducational four-year college. St. John's students pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides an in-depth, rigorous exploration of the most influential ideas as experienced in the original works of the great writers, philosophers, and scientists.

Approximately 70 percent of St. John's students receive need-based financial aid; the college also grants merit aid. The Hodson Scholar awards and the Hodson Foundation Scholarships are provided to those students attending the Annapolis, Maryland campus who demonstrate academic promise and financial need. These scholarships help ensure that St. John's is affordable to students and families from all economic backgrounds.

In addition, the generous Hodson Trust grant supports partial funding for a multi-year program to deepen and expand understanding of new developments in quantum mechanics and biology and to incorporate them into the curriculum. "The Hodson Trust supports St. John's College in the most important ways through its grants," says Pamela Kraus, dean at St. John's College. "It allows committed, deserving students access to our excellent curriculum, and it sustains a curriculum dedicated to cultivating students' natural abilities, so that they remain open to discovery and to active participation in life."

For more information about these and other opportunities at the college, contact Admissions at 410-626-2522 or visit www.sjc.edu.

For more information about the Hodson Trust: www.hodsontrust.org.

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Chestertown, Maryland—A $2.75 million gift from Washington College's most generous long-term donor, The Hodson Trust, will boost the funds available for merit scholarships and internships and establish a new fund to support undergraduate research. It also will increase the endowment of a faculty chair.

The largest grant, of $1.25 million, will add to the Hodson Trust Merit Scholarship Endowment, which provides four-year awards to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, character and citizenship.

A grant of $900,000 will launch the Hodson Trust Undergraduate Research Scholars Fund. The Fund will support collaborative faculty-student research in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Particular emphasis will be placed on research opportunities that connect student learning to the social, historical, cultural, and ecological context of Chestertown, the Eastern Shore, and the Chesapeake region.

In addition, $400,000 will augment the Hodson Trust Internship Endowment, established in 2012 to remove the economic barrier that prevents financially strapped students from accepting unpaid or low-paying internships, despite their long-term career benefits. Hodson Trust Internship Grants help cover costs such as transportation, housing and food. "We don"t want any Washington College student to have to turn down a good internship opportunity because of finances," said interim president Jay Griswold. "The Trust internship grants can level the playing field."

The final part of the 2014 gift from the Trust is a $200,000 contribution to further endow the Hodson Trust Chair in Economics, currently held by associate professor Lisa Daniels.

The Hodson Trust is the school's largest single benefactor to date. Starting with a grant of $29,884 bestowed in 1936, the Trust has given Washington College nearly $70 million to date. "This has been a remarkable relationship spanning nearly four decades," said Jay Griswold, interim president of the College. "We are so grateful that Chairman Gerald Holm and the other trustees of The Hodson Trust continue to support our students and show confidence in our educational mission."

The Trust was established in 1920 by the family of Colonel Clarence Hodson to benefit four private educational institutions in Maryland: Washington College, Hood College, St. John's College and The Johns Hopkins University. Colonel Hodson served on the Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College from 1920 until his death in 1928. He received the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, in 1922.

Colonel Hodson, who grew up in Somerset County, founded the Beneficial Loan Society, a groundbreaking home mortgage business that grew into a major financial services corporation. An initial investment of $100 grew over the ensuing decades into a trust that has awarded more than $240 million to the four beneficiary institutions. For more information, visit www.hodsontrust.org.

Washington College is a private, independent college of liberal arts and sciences founded in Chestertown in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, who served on its first Board of Visitors and Governors. It was the first college chartered in the new nation. To learn more, please visit www.washcoll.edu.

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