The Neilom Foundation supports a number of activities that directly impact the lives of young people. Our current projects include the following:
Need-based Educational Opportunities
The Neilom Foundation established the Dilip Anil ‘Neil’ Anand Terpstart Endowed Scholarship. We provide annual need-based scholarship to undergraduate students enrolled in the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
2014-2017 Scholarship awarded to Nzinga N. Acey
Nzinga is a Finance major, Information Systems minor at the University of Maryland, graduating in 2017. She notes, “The University of Maryland is special to me because it has provided numerous oportunities for me to get involved and make an inpact that I would not have been afforded elsewhere. I chose to attend the University of Maryland because I enjoy the sense of community on campus, the access to opportunities in DC as well as the academic rigor of the Smith School of Business. This scholarship has allowed me to return to the University of Maryland and continue to succeed academically and within the community. I will make a positive difference in the world by making it a lifetime priority to always give back to the larger community.”
Engineering for Social Change
The Neilom Foundation has partnered with the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Center for Engineering Concepts Development and the School of Public Policy’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership to support a new course for engineering students, “Engineering for Social Change”. This course allows students to experience developing a vision for how technology can create positive social change and ultimately supporting an organization of their choice to create that change with a $10,000 grant.
For the Fall 2016 semester, the third offering of the course, students chose V-Linc, a Baltimore, MD nonprofit that develops custom assistive technology solutions for children with special needs in conjunction with engineering students and professional engineer volunteers. The organization used the funds to support their Designing the Future program and Custom Bike Clinics during 2017.
For the Fall 2015 semester, the second offering of the course, students chose Bread and Water for Africa, an Alexandria, VA nonprofit working throughout Africa to improve the lives of young people through projects in areas such as healthcare, clean water and food accessibility. The organization used the funds to create a clean water well in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 2016 that will provide water to 2500+ young people and serve the community for the next 15-20 years.
For the Spring 2015 semester students chose FRESHFARM Markets, a Washington D.C. nonprofit whose FoodPrints program works with 5 D.C. public schools to develop learning garden spaces to support education for young people in the area of healthy food.
Social Entrepreneurship at the College of Southern Maryland
The pilot offering of a new course in Social Entrepreneurship at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) took place during the Spring 2017 semester, with a pitch competition and celebration at the end of the course. The Center for Engineering Concepts Development (CECD) at the University of Maryland teamed up again with the Neilom Foundation and CSM’s Director of the newly formed Innovation and Entrepreneur Institute, thomas Luginbill. Students worked with local nonprofits on social issues during the semester, then pitched on behalf of their chosen organization for $2,000 in prizes from the Neilom Foundation. The winners were Farming 4 Hunger, in first place, and Southern Maryland Community Resources (SMCR) in second place.
During the Spring 2016 semester at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), the Center for Engineering Concepts Development (CECD) at the University of Maryland teamed up with the Neilom Foundation to work with CSM’s Dr. Mary Beth Klinger to integrate the Entrepreneurship in Southern Maryland Challenge into an existing Business Administration course. Students worked hard throughout the semester on experiential projects relating to education, sustainable oyster farming, creation of a food garden, homelessness and troubled youth. At a celebration on May 5th, 2016 attended by a large group including Maryland State Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton and Dr. Bradley Gottfried, the President of the College of Southern Maryland, students presented their projects, and a first prize of $1500 was awarded to the Life Planning Curriculum Project, and a $500 prize was awarded to Planting Hope.
Mechanical Engineering Golf Tournament
The Neilom Foundation proudly supported the first annual Mechanical Engineering Golf Tournament at the University of Maryland on April 17, 2015, with proceeds going to creating scholarships for students entering the Department.
Educational Toys, Mentoring, Tutoring and Self Esteem
As part of Neilom’s Educational Toys Project 3rd grade students from Dundalk Elementary School in Dundalk, MD were presented with 30 sets of LEGO starter kits. The students immediately unleashed their creativity and began assembling wonderful creations.
In April 2014 Melvin Fields again visited the school, and illustrated the mechanics of a pulley system to the class with a hands-on demonstration before providing the students with their own copies of a visual guide to “How Things Work”.
Students from the 3rd and 4th grade classes of Capitol Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, MD, a Title I school, were tutored in Math and Reading by University of Maryland College Park students.