The Frostburg State University Foundation, Inc., recently received its first online contribution to establish the Michelle Lynne Reed "In Pursuit of Excellence" Scholarship.
Richard Hammond, FSU Class of '96, donated funds to establish the annual award for eligible students. He named the fund after a friend, also a student at FSU, after noticing the difficulties she and other students sometimes have with financing their college education.
"I wanted to help, " Hammond said. "I give what I can. It's well worth it." Eventually, he hopes to "offer a full ride."
Hammond credits Dr. Charles Hircock and Dr. Bob Lewis, who coached him as a member of FSU's track team. "They helped me make the most of myself and taught me about being dedicated to other peoples' goals," he said. "I realized that the values athletes learn will help them in life."
Access to the online payment option can be found through the FSU Foundation's Web site, www.frostburg.edu/admin/foundation and click on "Make a Gift."
Donations, which must be made by credit card, are processed via the PayPal system. To create or access an account, click on the PayPal logo to reach www.paypal.com.
Upon completion of a transaction, the donor and the FSU Foundation receive an e-mail confirmation. Online donors may also take advantage of a matching gift if their employers offers this option.
The options for online donations include FSUF Annual Gifts, FSUF Designated Funds/Programs, FSUF Bobcat Club and FSU Athletics.
The Foundation's home page also offers a "Send a Card" option that offers six scenic views from the FSU campus.
For information about online donations and the FSU Foundation, Inc., contact Jack Aylor, executive director, at (301) 687-4200 or jaylor @frostburg.edu.
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