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Giving Ideas -- Where Your Gift Goes

Thank you for your interest in sharing the gift of education with Montgomery College students. Whether you choose to support an individual academic program or students with specific needs, your gift makes a difference. Unrestricted gifts provide maximum flexibility to distribute funds as needed. Donors of $25,000 or more may name an endowed or current use scholarship fund. All gifts, large or small, are greatly appreciated.

Priorities Include:

  • Need-Based Scholarships for as many as 1,200 students each academic year.
  • ACES (Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success), which provides interventions and support for Montgomery County Public School students at risk of not making it to college.
  • Dreamers Scholarship Fund, which assists high-achieving graduates of Montgomery County Public Schools who came to this country with their families as children and who are undocumented immigrants through no fault of their own.
  • Global Humanities Institute (NEH challenge grant), an exciting new initiative to expand the study of diverse countries, peoples, and traditions and thus, equip students with the tools to compete in a global marketplace.
  • Innovation Fund, which supports new and creative initiatives by students, faculty and staff that enhance the education of Montgomery College students and improve students’ ability to complete their educations.
  • Student Emergency Fund, which provides assistance to students who are facing an immediate crisis.

Ways your gift can help:


Montgomery College Fund

When you contribute to the Montgomery College Fund, the most flexible distribution fund, your gift goes directly to current students when it is needed most. Your gift will be pooled with others to provide financial aid for tuition, plus a range of other ongoing needs, including up-to-date technology, library resources, career counseling, academic and program support, and more.   Read more


Contribue to the general scholarship fund or one of the 400+ existing scholarships within the Montgomery College Foundation. Or start your own scholarship fund with a gift of $25,000 or more, perhaps in honor or in memory of a friend or family member.

Macklin Business Institute (MBI)

The Macklin Business Institute (MBI) at Montgomery College was founded in 1999 with a gift from the late Gordon and Marilyn Macklin, long-time supporters of the Montgomery College Foundation. Mr. Macklin, founder of NASDAQ and Bethesda resident, envisioned and established a distinctive honors program for students pursuing a business education. 

Important Note For every dollar you give (between now and June 2015) to the Macklin Business Institute honors program, the Gordon S. and Marilyn C. Macklin Foundation will give a dollar to match your donation. Your gift will directly support students in the program. Go to to give online now.    Read more...

To Inspire and Support New Ideas

The Innovation Fund supports new and creative initiatives of Montgomery College faculty, staff, students, and administrators that enhance Montgomery College students' education. Projects must be relevant, measurable, and sustainable. Faculty, staff, and students compete for Innovation funds via an application process.

"Just like a good Fortune 500 company, each Innovation Fund project should include creating a cycle of discovery, testing, and scaling up, because a good idea should not just live with one person, one department, or even one campus. If these new ideas can make a difference in the lives of our students, enhance their education, and improve services, the Innovation Fund can make a difference." -- Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College

For Our Veterans

Combat2College serves more than 300 veterans and active duty military who enroll at Montgomery College. The program has been recognized as a national model with unique services for veterans. Program features include special veteran-centered counseling and disability support services; academic advising; a “First Year Seminar” and dedicated lecture series; and in-service training opportunities (via the Combat2College website) for all faculty working with these students.   Read more...

For Top Scholars

The Montgomery Scholars program is a selective-admission two-year honors program for high school graduates planning to transfer to a four-year institution. Montgomery Scholars receive full scholarships for their participation in the program. Limited to 25 students, the program features a team-taught curriculum, an honors seminar, service, and experiential learning, and a Scholars Colloquium. Students learn to think critically, independently, and globally. When funding is available, the program also provides a study abroad experience at Cambridge in England.  Read more...

For Weekend and Evening Honors Students

Renaissance Scholars is a selective honors program for high-achieving and highly motivated part-time and full-time students. Offered in the evenings and on weekends at the College's Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses as a learning community, this program provides a unique interdisciplinary format for a population of students often underserved.      Read more...

For Other Honors Students 

In addition to the specialized honors programs, such as The Macklin Business Institute, Renaissance Scholars, and Montgomery Scholars, the Honors Program at Montgomery College is a collegewide program committed to providing high-ability, highly motivated students with stimulating and challenging opportunities both within and outside the classroom. The Honors Program fosters growth, critical thinking, and multicultural perspectives; it encourages development of community relationships and interpersonal skills.   Read more...

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