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The Hodson Trust extends its 56-year partnership with Johns Hopkins

Investment in scholarships, research, and undergraduate opportunities now over $81.7million
Posted January 20, 2015
Robert C. Clark, a Hodson Trustee pictured center, speaks with Hodson Scholars at the annual luncheon in December. Robert C. Clark, a Hodson Trustee pictured center, speaks with Hodson Scholars at the annual luncheon in December.

The Hodson Trust continued its longstanding support of the Johns Hopkins University in 2014 with a $2,500,000 grant to support the Hodson Trust Scholarship Endowment and the Hodson/Abeloff Young Investigator in Oncology program, which benefits cancer research. This is the latest show of the Trust’s 56-year commitment to academic excellence at Johns Hopkins and brings their cumulative financial contribution to more than $81.7 million.

Another prominent program the Trust helped to establish is the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA), which began in 1993. PURA offers Hopkins undergraduates opportunities to conduct hands-on research, enhancing their learning experience and helping them develop important investigative skills. Last year, 43 students received awards and embarked on projects as far ranging as a human stem cell model for studying genetic mutations in inherited neurodevelopmental disease, a study of the relationship between tempo and auditory object encoding, and a reconstruction and study of the Ming Dynasty two-stage rocket.

The university celebrated the Trust’s partnership on December 4 at the Hodson Scholars Luncheon, an annual event that gives Hodson scholarship recipients the chance to express their appreciation and Hodson trustees to offer their congratulations. President Ronald Daniels, Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid David Phillips, and two members of the Class of 2015, Nicole Cade-Ferreira and Athanasia Livas, all gave remarks. One hundred forty-six students are receiving support from the Trust during the 2014-2015 academic year.