McDaniel College announced Monday that a $6.7 million bequest will be used to establish an endowment for scholarships, the largest in its history.
The funds come from the estate of Philip Henry Dorsey, who was part of a class of 18 earning a bachelor's degree from the Westminster school in 1891. After graduation, Dorsey went home to St. Mary's County, where he managed farmland and bought and sold crops.
When he died in 1945, his will established a trust fund for his descendants to attend McDaniel, then known as Western Maryland College. So far, five of his descendants have graduated from the school and provisions have been made for others who may follow, while opening up scholarship opportunities as well.
"That the family descendant of an alumnus from over 120 years ago made a commitment to transfer Mr. Dorsey's legacy so that another century of students can attend this college is a remarkable testament," McDaniel President Roger Casey said in a statement.