Jeffrey and Michelle Rivest
November 7, 2018

Jeffrey Rivest, MS, MCHE, and his wife Michelle, MS, RN have committed a $50,000 gift to endow the new Jeffrey and Michelle Rivest-Dean’s Council Maryland Promise Scholarship. The scholarship is the first through the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise Program with priority for SPH students and will provide both financial and programmatic support to local undergraduate students with financial need.

“We believe in the value of public health in creating healthy, thriving communities,” Jeffrey and Michelle note in their donor legacy statement. Their words are bolstered by their long history of providing leadership and philanthropic support to Maryland institutions that benefit public health. Jeffrey’s service as campaign cabinet chair on the University of Maryland School of Public Health Dean’s Council speaks to his commitment to the school’s mission to inspire fearless ideas that promote health for all. Michelle’s service on the University of Maryland School of Nursing Board of Visitors reflects her passion for sustaining excellence in undergraduate and graduate nursing education.

“We wish to honor the hard work and determination of future public health leaders by establishing this scholarship,” they add. The fund will provide need-based scholarships to students who are residents of the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia with preference given to those who are Pell grant eligible and first-generation college students at a specified income level.

With the knowledge that financial support is only one part of the puzzle for college success, recipients of the scholarship will have access to programs and activities that support their transition into higher education and ensure their personal and academic success through graduation and beyond. These support services may include peer and cohort group mentoring programs and activities, coursework exclusively available to Maryland Promise Scholars, individualized tutoring programs and special academic advising.

Thanks to the generosity of the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation and the university, all gifts to the scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar during the Clark Challenge for the Maryland Promise Program. And as an open fund, others may donate to the Michelle Rivest-Dean’s Council Maryland Promise Endowed Scholarship at any level.

Jeffrey and Michelle Rivest’s Maryland roots run deep. Jeffrey received his bachelors of science degree in zoological sciences from UMD in 1975 while Michelle received her bachelors of science in nursing in 1975 and her masters in 1979 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Looking forward, Jeffery and Michelle’s generosity and foresight in establishing this new scholarship will benefit SPH students for decades to come.