Gift will provide mathematics majors with financial, mentoring and networking opportunities.

A University of Maryland alum recently made a major gift to establish the Nancy Lee Hurtt ’70 Maryland Promise Scholarship in honor of his late wife. 

This gift will support mathematics majors from Maryland and Washington, D.C., who demonstrate exceptional leadership and academic potential, providing them with financial, mentoring and networking opportunities. The gift will also be matched by the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation as part of its Building Together investment in the university.

Hurtt was the first in her family to attend college and had to pay the full cost of her education herself. And it wasn’t easy—she cobbled together small scholarships, part-time jobs and summer work to pay the bills. 

“Money was a constant worry,” her husband said. “The margins of her books are covered with calculations. Not calculus or physics—arithmetic, as she tried to figure out how to pay for this lab fee or that textbook.”

Despite her financial hardships, Hurtt graduated in four years with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and membership in the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Mu Epsilon honor societies.

Hurtt went on to receive a master’s degree in computer science from the Polytechnical Institute of New York. She had a career as a computer programmer and was a key contributor to the system-managed storage subsystem of IBM’s flagship operating system. Hurtt passed away in 2015 after a 30-year battle with cancer.

“I think Nancy would be pleased to know that the Nancy Lee Hurtt ’70 Maryland Promise Scholarship will spare others the financial worries that she had in college,” her husband said.

Interested in establishing your own Maryland Promise Scholarship? Contact Megan Carnell at 301.405.0205 or for more information. Contributions will continue to be matched until March 1, 2026, or until no more matching funds are available, whichever comes first.

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