The Arthur E. Landers, Jr. and Hilda C. Landers Charitable Trust created a new scholarship beginning with the 2018-19 academic year: the Landers Scholars Program provides fully funded (tuition, fees, room and board) four-year scholarships – including first-year mentoring and community service opportunities – to low-income, first generation and/or under-represented students with a priority to support students from the Baltimore City and Baltimore County area. To sustain this scholarship in perpetuity, the Landers Trust provided a challenge: the College has four years to raise $600,000 and Landers Trust will invest an additional $1,000,000 in the fund.

In the first year of the challenge – July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020 – $145,000 was committed!

Thank You to Our $1,000+ Donors!

Bertrand T. Adanve ’10


Morgan D. ’09 and Richard S. Barr ’07

Carolyn S. Curry

Meredith Davis ’92

Brittany Toscano ‘08 and Albert Gore

LaVerna Hahn Charitable Trust

Thomasina Hiers-Johnson ’97 and Robert M. Johnson ’93

Maryland Strategic Consulting

Jesse J. Price ’92

Karen C. Raley ’94

Jan Mandel-Weitzel and Harry J. Weitzel

Donna L. West ’76

Matthew E. Newcomer ’05 and Jayson T. Williams ’03

Carolyn F. and John G. Williamson

Martha M. Yeager ’41

“I am a better student educator professional and citizen because of my time at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. As a first generation, low-income college student, I didn’t truly understand the value of education. The commitment and investment faculty and staff deposited in my life inspired my life course and now it is my obligation to do the same for students who represent my diversity of demographic.” Meredith Davis ‘92

Meredith Davis

"I chose to give to the Landers Challenge as a way to contribute to the St. Mary’s College community as a whole. When more talented students are able to attend St. Mary’s, not only can these students earn the benefit of a St. Mary’s education, but these students in turn enrich the entire living and learning community that defines the St. Mary’s College experience." Brittany Toscano Gore '08

Meet the Landers Scholars!

2020-21 Cohort

Kimani Daley (Silver Spring, MD)

Julie Guerrero (Dundalk, MD)

Nia Knott (Baltimore, MD)

Gabriela Miranda (Gaithersburg, MD)

2019-20 Cohort

Sailor Bottomley (Rock Hall, MD)

Makayla Bridges (Davidsonville, MD)

Rebecca Guy (Leonardtown, MD)

Beyona Richardson (Baltimore, MD)

2018-19 Cohort

Baudratte Djiogo (Baltimore, MD)

Marisa Guy (Baltimore, MD)

Barry Jenkins (Randallstown, MD)

Victoria Richhart (Severna Park, MD)

Landers Scholars are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, complete at least 12 service hours a year, and to respect and embrace the St. Mary’s Way to receive continued scholarship support. For students with questions about the Landers Scholars Program, visit Office of Student Financial Assistance or contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at or (240) 895-3000.


Hilda Combs graduated from the St. Mary's Female Seminary in 1923. Afterward, she went to Baltimore where she taught English, typing and stenography and married businessman Arthur E. Landers, Jr. Together, in 1968 – with an initial gift of $1,000 – they established the Arthur E. Landers, Jr. and Hilda Combs Landers Endowed Scholarship Fund. They left their legacy through the creation of the Arthur E. Landers, Jr. and Hilda C. Landers Charitable Trust which continues to support St. Mary’s College and its students and faculty through the growing scholarship fund and the Hilda C. Landers ’23 Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts established in 1999. In recognition of the Landers’ tremendous generosity, the Hilda C. Landers Library was dedicated in 2017.

The Landers' lifetime and legacy giving totaled over $7.7 million in June 2020.

In the academic years spanning 2000-01 and 2019-20, almost 1,000 students received financial support from the Landers Scholarship and the Baltimore City Scholarship which the Landers Trust helped fund in 2005.

For more information on supporting this multi-year initiative – helping to meet the $1M Landers Challenge, please contact the Advancement Office.

Richard Edgar
Development Officer for Major & Principal Gifts
Lauren Sampson
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Institutional Advancement