Endowment & Giving

Clement McGillicuddy

MHC Endowment Fund

The Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center is actively fundraising and has established an endowment fund. Launched in 2010, the fund was significantly enhanced by a generous alumnus who continues to provide annual support. Beyond the Center’s Endowment Fund, additional donors have created specific endowments affiliated with the humanities (see below). Collectively, donations total nearly $2,110,000 as of April 2021. Gifts of all sizes contribute to our goal to build a permanent resource for the humanities at UMaine.

 There are two ways to make a direct donation to the MHC Endowment Fund.

  1. Make an online gift with a credit card, by clicking here.
  1. Send a check made out to “University of Maine Foundation” with “MHC Endowment” in the memo line. The check should be mailed to:
    University of Maine Foundation
    Two Alumni Place
    Orono, ME 04469-5792

For information and assistance about giving, please contact Matthew Mullen, Philanthropy Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, about giving opportunities for the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center.

Matthew Mullen

For more on the programs and initiatives that these funds support, explore our Annual Reports.


Affiliated Funds

Affiliated Funds were established to support activities consistent with the mission of MHC and can be managed in collaboration with other UMaine units.


Susan and Philip Hamilton Humanities Fundestablished by Susan Hamilton and Philip Hamilton ’85 to support humanities faculty and community engagement.

Sandy and Bobby Ives Fundestablished by David Taylor ’74 and LeeEllen Friedland in recognition of the Ives’ contribution to folklife studies.

Alan Miller Fund for Excellence in Communication and Journalismestablished by Anne Lucey ’81 in memory of her late husband.

Jeannine Emond Lucey Franco-American Program Fundestablished by Anne Lucey ’81 in tribute to her mother.

Adrien Lanthier Ringuette Franco-American Centre Library Fundestablished by Celeste Ringuette in memory of her late husband.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarship Fund, established by Kathryn Olmstead to support meritorious students with a financial need in the arts and humanities.

The Sandra Merrill Peters and John G. Peters Humanities Scholarship Fundestablished by Sandra Merrill Peters ’69 and John G. Peters ’69 to provide financial assistance to a deserving UMaine first-year undergraduate student majoring in a humanities field.

Echoes of Maine Humanities Fundwill support faculty and student engagement in research, events, lectures and collaborative activities that highlight the Echoes of Maine philosophy.

The Schmelzer-Livingston Center for Poetry and Poetics Fundestablished by Henry Schmelzer ’65 and his wife, Cynthia Livingston, in recognition of the newly renamed Center for Poetry and Poetics at UMaine. The fund will support ongoing and new initiatives at the center.

Wickham Skinner “Making Things Better” Humanities Fundwill support an annual award to a faculty member whose recent scholarly accomplishment has contributed substantially to the humanities.

Eaton Family New Writing Series Fund, established by John T. Eaton ’66 and Linda Talbot Eaton ’66 to support innovative and adventurous literary programming through the New Writing Series. 

Global Perspectives for Humanities Explorations Fundestablished by Friends of the Salzburg Study Abroad Program in honor of Josef Roggenbauer, professor emeritus of German, the fund will provide support for faculty and students to benefit from opportunities that will expand their global views, ideas and experiences. 

Richard Parks Anderson and Karin M. Anderson Music Composition Fund will provide financial assistance to the School of Performing Arts’ Music Division in support of the composition of musical works by UMaine students and faculty and performances by UMaine faculty and students of those works and other works by living composers.

Claire Labrie Strickland ’75 Scholarship, established by friends and family in honor of Claire’s retirement, to provide scholarship funding to upperclassmen in the humanities who have demonstrated financial need, with a preference for those who are the first in their family to pursue a post-secondary education.

Opportunities in Journalism Fund, established by Brian A. Naylor ’78, ’04 H and Barbara J. Van Woerkom. The fund is intended to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students majoring in journalism.

Dr. Robert M. and Jean W. Swan Humanities Scholarship Fund, established by the Swans, to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in health and related sciences who may wish to pursue additional studies in the humanities.

Brennan Family Scholarship, established by Michael Brennan, Ph.D. ’19 in memory of his mother, Tara Brennan O’Meara, to benefit students with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in any humanities disciplines.

Patricia S. O’Brien Humanities Fellowship Fund, established by Matt Mullen ’08 in honor of his mother to support a Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center Undergraduate fellow with a preference for a student who is majoring in History.

Wabanaki Student Support Fund, established by Barbara Bassler Keast ’63, to provide Native American students enrolled in the humanities disciplines short-term immediate financial assistance, to help ensure that they will have tools and resources needed to succeed in their pursuit of a degree.