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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

November 25, 2003
To: Assignments Desks, Editors, Reporters
From: Eileen Dickey, The Hodson Trust
302-429-9427 or edickey@hodsonservices.com
By cell phone on Dec. 3: 908-256-5749
Re: Hodson Trust gifts to Maryland colleges approach $150 million
When: Wednesday, Dec. 3; 12 noon
Where: Constellation Room, 21st floor, World Trade Center, Baltimore

The Hodson Trust will announce seven-figure gifts to four Maryland colleges and universities that will bring its total donations to the four schools to nearly $150 million.

The Hodson Trust has been supporting higher education in Maryland since 1920, when it was created by the family of Col. Clarence Hodson, Beneficial Corp.'s founder, to support excellence in education.

This year's gifts to Johns Hopkins University, Hood College, Washington College and St. John's College will be used primarily for scholarships, facilities and research.

A number of elected officials will be on hand at the announcement luncheon. Available for interview will be Finn M.W. Caspersen, chairman of the Hodson Trust board of trustees since 1976. He can tell the story of this unique foundation, which started with just a few hundred dollars but now has given away nearly $150 million.

For information, contact Eileen Dickey at the Hodson Trust (see contact information above) or Dennis O'Shea at Johns Hopkins at 410-516-7160.

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