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About

Mission
Vision
History
Board of Directors
Operations
Staff
Contact Information

MISSION

The mission of the I-Fund is to provide college access, choice, and opportunities by raising funds—principally from businesses and foundations—to provide scholarships and grants to students attending I-Fund member institutions.

VISION

The I-Fund is dedicated to developing productive alliances with private sector partners who value a liberal arts education and share our commitment to the next generation of scholars.

HISTORY

The Independent College Fund (the I-Fund) was founded in 1953 as “the Association of Independent Colleges in Maryland” to promote “the cause of higher education and culture within the State of Maryland.” It is one of 36 state and regional organizations affiliated with the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE) through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). This relationship makes it possible to replicate scholarship programs for investors in any state or region.

The original founding presidents established a committed vision, and we salute them: 

  • Lowell S. Ensor, Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College);
  • Daniel Z. Gibson, Washington College;
  • Andrew G. Truxal, Hood College; and
  • Richard D. Weigle, St. John’s College.

In 1982, the organization changed its name to the Independent College Fund of Maryland, Inc.

Today, the I-Fund manages an extensive and impactful network of partnerships among its member colleges and numerous corporations, businesses, and foundations to broaden the financial foundation of higher education and culture in the State of Maryland.  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Weymouth Spence, President
President of Washington Adventist University

Christopher Nelson, Treasurer
President of St. John’s College

Michael Wood, Secretary
President of Capitol Technology University

OPERATIONS

  • Legal Status

The I-Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

  • Resident Agent

The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) serves as the Resident Agent of the I-Fund and manages the administrative, fiscal, technical, and programmatic operations of the Corporation.

  • National Affiliation

The I-Fund is one of 36 State and regional organizations affiliated with the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE) through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). This relationship affords the opportunity to replicate scholarship programs for investors in any state or region they select.

STAFF

Tina Bjarekull, Managing Director
President of MICUA
tbjarekull@micua.org

Lori Livingston, Director of National Security Scholars Program (NSSP)
llivingston@micua.org

Dennis Hoyle
MICUA Senior Research Analyst
dhoyle@micua.org

Teresa Birge
MICUA Manager, Business Operations
tbirge@micua.org

CONTACT INFORMATION

Independent College Fund of Maryland
c/o MICUA
140 South Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-269-0306
Fax: 410-269-5905
Email: i-fund@micua.org

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