The nomination period for the prestigious Bylee Massey Memorial Award is now open and continues through 5 p.m. eastern time on Friday, October 15, 2021. The award is given annually to a member of the faculty, staff, or student body who has gone "above and beyond" and whose volunteer efforts directly benefit UMGC students or programs. Please consider nominating a deserving member of the UMGC community for this award.

About the Award

The Bylee Massey award was created in part through the generosity of the Herman Maril Foundation to honor Bylee Massey—wife of former UMGC President T. Benjamin Massey—who founded the university's Maryland Artist Collection. Bylee Massey was known and loved for her giving spirit, marked by the utmost dignity and grace. This award, named in her honor, commemorates that generosity and spirit of service.

Award Criteria

To be eligible, candidates must be a current UMGC faculty or staff member or a student in good academic standing and must have

  • Gone "above and beyond" during volunteer efforts, outside of normal responsibilities or assigned duties, for a university project or event

  • Demonstrated passion and spirit for the core values and mission of UMGC through creative endeavors that advance the university

  • Made a significant contribution in support of the UMGC community that had a lasting impact on the university through personal commitment and innovation

  • Identified opportunities, outside of one's job function or elected position, to shape the culture and direction of UMGC into the future

Nomination Procedures and Guidelines

  1. A Nomination Application and a letter of no more than two pages must be submitted to and include the following:

    1. the name of the nominee

    2. the name and contact information of the nominator

    3. a description of the nominee's contribution to the university, including specific details about why the nominee deserves the award and a description of nominee's contributions

  2. Nominations must be received on or before 5 p.m. eastern time, Friday, October 15, 2021.

  3. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee composed of UMGC staff and a representative of the Herman Maril Foundation. The committee recommendations will be presented to the university president.

Award Presentation

The Bylee Massey Memorial Award is presented during the Adelphi Service and Achievement Awards Ceremony in December. The recipient will receive both a monetary award of $1,000 and a decorative plaque. Members of the Maril family are invited to formally make the award presentation. A plaque is also hung in the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center to recognize the award recipients.

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