Ned Gaylin Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dr. Ned Gaylin taught, mentored, and inspired a generation of college students. This fund recognizes his outstanding career which included creation of the Couple and Family Therapy Master's program and tenure as the first chair of the department. Dr. Gaylin made pioneering contributions to the principles and pragmatics of the person-centered approach for healing individuals, couples, and families. He is internationally recognized for his research on family therapy process and outcome, and the enhancement of creativity. Dr. Gaylin’s commitment to improving the welfare of students continues through this scholarship fund, which will be used to provide financial assistance to Couple and Family Therapy students.

Andrew Billingsley Endowed Scholarship Fund

This scholarship honors Dr. Andrew Billingsley, former Chair and Professor of the Department of Family Science. One of the nation’s leading scholars on African American families, Dr. Billingsley is the author of seven seminal books, including Black Families in White America, Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform, and Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African-American Families. His ground-breaking research earned him awards from such organizations as the National Council on Family Relations, the American Sociological Association, and the Association of Black Psychologists. Dr. Billingsley also served as President of Morgan State University and Vice President of Howard University. His scholarship is awarded to a Family Science student interested in pursuing research on ethnic minority families.

Noel Myricks Endowed Scholarship Fund

Upon Dr. Noel Myricks’ retirement from the Family Science faculty and appointment to Emeritus status in summer 2004, the Department established an endowed scholarship honoring this distinguished educator. An outstanding teacher and nationally recognized family scholar specializing on the intersection of families and the law, Dr. Myricks also volunteered his time to develop, direct, and coach the University’s Mock Trial team, which won five national mock trial championships in the last decade. In 2003, Dr. Myricks was awarded the Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award and the University of Maryland System Regents Award for Mentorship. Dr. Myricks has requested that his scholarship be awarded to a first-generation college student in Family Science. 

Roger H. Rubin Student Professional Fund

The Roger H. Rubin Student Professional Fund was established to honor Dr. Roger Rubin’s retirement, outstanding service at UMCP and his commitment to training the next generation of family science professionals. This fund supports travel of Family Science graduate students to present their research at national conferences and to attend professional meetings on cutting-edge teaching and learning, research, clinical practice, and technology conferences. It was Dr. Rubin’s wish for the fund to aid in the professional growth and development of Family Science graduate students. Dr. Rubin is Associate Professor Emeritus in Family Science; National Council on Family Relations Fellow; former Family Science Department Chair; Past-President, Groves Conference on Marriage and Family; and former Vice-President for Public Policy, National Council on Family Relations.

Jeanette Spier Beavers Memorial Scholarship Fund

A dedicated therapist, political activist, and mother, Jeanette Spier Beavers cared deeply about the rights of the underprivileged and issues affecting families throughout the world.  Ms. Spier was a clinical social worker whose professional work included an individuals and couples therapy practice, adoption counseling, assisting the mentally ill, and extensive writing about families with disabled children. When she died in 1987, her sister established a memorial scholarship as a lasting tribute to her work in family therapy. This fund provides annual scholarship support for one or more graduate students enrolled in the Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program who share her commitment to providing therapy for economically disadvantaged families.

Jennifer Becker Carswell Award Fund

Jennifer Becker Carswell was an outstanding student in the Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program in Family Science, recognized by students and faculty for her superior work, engaging spirit, and dedication to serving the elderly and children. When she tragically died in 1995, her family and friends established the Jennifer Becker Carswell Award Fund. This award annually recognizes a second-year Couple and Family Therapy student for excellence in clinical work, a unique contribution to a clinical specialization, or a demonstrated financial need. 

Edlavitch Family Science Fund

Selma Tyser Edlavitch was an distinguished community volunteer whose generosity had a tremendous impact on Washington area families. A graduate of Towson State University, she was an elementary school teacher, business person, and fundraiser for numerous organizations serving children and families. Her sponsorship of the Edlavitch-Tyser Family Relations Forum of the Washington Hebrew Congregation benefited family members of every age, including young children, adolescents, single adults, married couples, and the elderly. The Edlavitch fund provides an annual scholarship to an outstanding student in Family Science.