Loyola University Maryland on Sept. 14 announced a $2 million gift plan from a former employee to create endowed scholarships in education and the sciences for undergraduate and graduate students.
The gift was bequeathed by Mary Hyman, who retired in August after 26 years as coordinator of science education programs and the Institute for Child Care Education with Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education.
It is the largest gift from an employee in the school’s 164-year history and will be divided into four scholarships for undergraduates and graduates upon Hyman’s death. The gift will be funded by the Hyman Foundation and is named in honor of her husband, Sigmund, who died in 2002.
“Loyola has been an important part of my life for 26 years, and it has been a joy to interact with so many dedicated people at the university,” Hyman said in a news release. “I don’t think I could have worked for a better place.”
The first $1 million of the gift will endow the Mary B. and Sigmund M. Hyman Scholarship Fund and will be applied to scholarships each year to students majoring in the natural and applied sciences.
The next $200,000 will go toward the Sigmund M. and Mary B. Hyman Fellowship Fund, which will award a fellowship annually to a graduate student in the School of Education with a Master of Arts in Teaching concentration. The Sigmund M. and Mary B. Hyman Fund in the Natural and Applied Sciences will be initiated using 50 percent of the balance of the gift.
The remaining balance will create the Sigmund M. and Mary B. Hyman Summer Fellows Fund to support summer research opportunities for students in the natural and applied sciences.
A Stevenson resident, Hyman serves on the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Science Center Scientific and Educational Council and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. In addition, she is a Goucher College trustee and sits on the advisory board for Franklin & Marshall College.