$3 Million Gift from Clifford M. and Camille E. Kendall Family Fund to Establish Scholarships at the Universities at Shady Grove

Camille and Clifford Kendall


New SG III Facility to be Named in Honor of Camille Kendall

ADELPHI, Md. (October 4, 2007) - Board of Regents Chair Clifford M. Kendall and his wife Camille have donated $3 million through their family fund to establish endowed scholarships for students attending the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, the University System of Maryland (USM) announced today. The endowed scholarships will be targeted for students who demonstrate financial need, great potential for success, and a spirit of community service. In honor of the Kendalls, whose family fund gifts to USM have totaled more than $5.3 million, the newly opened Shady Grove III (SG III) academic facility will be named the Camille Kendall Academic Center.

"Camille, Cliff, and the Montgomery County Community Foundation are great friends of USM and of the Universities at Shady Grove," said USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan. "Not only have they worked to expand USG's role as a regional higher education center, but they have established scholarships to assist students transferring from Montgomery College to USG. This gift is just further demonstration of their tremendous generosity, and it is our distinct pleasure to honor Camille and her philanthropic spirit by naming SG III for her."

The Kendall Scholars program will commence with six awards in September 2008 and will grow to 20 annual scholarship awards by 2012. The scholarships will be given to students in their junior and/or senior years and will total an amount equal to tuition and fees.

"Cliff and Camille have a long track record of support for USG and for higher education," said Stewart Edelstein, executive director of USG. "Most of all, they desire to see students succeed, and these scholarships will put a higher degree within reach of many students who have the will but not always the economic means to realize that goal. Their commitment to USG is deeply personal and exemplary."

"Camille and I are very grateful for the opportunity to support the students and the development of the Universities at Shady Grove through the Montgomery County Community Foundation," said Clifford Kendall, who has served on the USM Board of Regents since 1999. "It is serving the vital role of making higher education more accessible to the citizens of our region."

Kendall, the former chair and CEO of Computer Data Systems, Inc., is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and George Washington University. He is the past chairman of the board of the High Technology Council of Maryland and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He is also the founder and past chairman of the Montgomery County Community Foundation. He has served on the board of trustees of George Washington University and currently serves on the board of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.

Camille Kendall is a third generation Washingtonian and attended Wilson Teachers College in the District. An educator, she worked as a high school teacher in Prince Georges County and later taught accounting in the adult education programs of Montgomery and Fairfax Counties. Since 2001 she has been a member of the Montgomery College Foundation Board. She is also active in PEO, an international philanthropic organization that helps women who are in financial need return to college. The Kendalls, who have been married 54 years, have four sons and 11 grandchildren. Together, they have long supported scholarships for USM institutions as well as for Montgomery College through the auspices of the Kendall Family Fund of the Montgomery County Community Foundation.

The Universities at Shady Grove is an innovative model for expanding access to quality higher education in the Montgomery County region. USG is not one university-it is eight of Maryland's top public universities providing full- and part-time upper-division undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs at one central location. Participating USM institutions include Bowie State University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and University of Maryland University College.

At 192,000 square feet in size, the newly opened SG III facility doubles the size of USG, adding 45 smart classrooms, 10 computer classrooms, 2 open computer labs, 2 distance learning classrooms, 81 faculty offices, and a 20,000-square-foot library and media center. SG III represents the leading edge in academic buildings and incorporates "green" design and gold-level LEED® certification with features such as roof gardens, an energy-conserving HVAC system, recycled building materials, and the use of sustainable materials such as wheat board, cork walls, bamboo flooring, and banana fiber tables.




Contact: John Buettner
Phone: 301.445.2719
Email: jbuettner@usmd.edu