UMaine’s Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive campaign exceeds $200 million goal

The University of Maine Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive campaign has exceeded its $200 million goal by more than $8 million, according to UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and University of Maine Foundation President Jeffery N. Mills in announcing the successful completion of the record-setting fundraising effort.

The public phase of the campaign was announced in October 2017 with $121 million raised.

The comprehensive campaign that raised a total of $208,586,510 has four major priority areas — Fostering Student Success, Ensuring Access for All of Maine, Catalyzing Maine’s Economy, and Accelerating Discovery to Impact. Each area received significant investments.

Almost 60% of the funds raised were for student and faculty support.

Highlights include gifts supporting UMaine’s six colleges, athletics and the University of Maine Alumni Association, over 500 new scholarship funds, and major funding for the new Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center, which is under construction and expected to be open in fall 2022.

An anonymous $1 million matching gift created over $4.8 million in total new investment for scholarships and other endowment support for Maine students to attend UMaine.

Also created or established during the campaign: the Emera Astronomy Center, the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature, the Zillman Museum of Art expansion and naming gift, the Kenneth W. Saunders and Henry W. Saunders Professorship in Engineering Leadership and Management, the Edward Sturgis Grew Earth Sciences Endowment, and the Savage Challenge Fund to support men’s ice hockey.

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