Hood College to Receive $1M from 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

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Funding to be directed towards new Data Driven Frederick and Biomedical Research Centers

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“I am grateful for the support of our US Senators from Maryland for these innovative research centers. Building on Hood’s academic strengths in these areas, the new facilities will enable students and faculty to address local and global challenges.” said Hood President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

Hood College will receive $1 million from congressionally directed spending via the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, secured by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), to fund two new centers: the Marlene Grossnickle Young ’76, H’14, P’09 and Michael S. Young, P’09 Data Driven Frederick Center (DDF) and the Biomedical Research and Training Center.

Funding for these projects comes from congressionally directed spending requested by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and enacted as part of the fiscal year 2023 omnibus government funding bill.

Previously called earmarks, congressionally directed spending has returned for a second year after a ten-year hiatus, allowing members of Congress to present important projects in their state or district for consideration by the Appropriations Committee. Cardin and Van Hollen presented these projects to the Appropriations Committee as investments designed to benefit the State of Maryland and the Frederick community.

Together, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen secured $36.5 million in congressionally directed spending for education and workforce development projects throughout the state of Maryland in the FY23 omnibus. This funding further advances Hood College’s Forging the Future campaign, which has raised nearly $64.7 million toward its $65 million goal.

“On behalf of the Hood and Frederick community, I am grateful for the support of our U.S. Senators from Maryland for these innovative research centers. Building on Hood’s historic and growing academic strengths in these areas, the new facilities will enable our students and faculty to help address both local and global challenges in partnership with Frederick biomedical research and manufacturing industries, government, businesses and nonprofits,” said Hood College President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D. “Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as our partners’ employees, will acquire cutting-edge, high-demand skills that will address regional workforce needs, further strengthening the scope and quality of Hood’s educational offerings.”

“Investing in STEM education is key to equipping Marylanders with the tools they need to tackle 21st-century challenges and compete for 21st-century jobs. The direct federal funding we delivered for Hood College will address both sides of that equation by enhancing research efforts and training students to succeed in industries of the future. With these funds, Hood College will help unlock more opportunity for students in our state,” said Senator Van Hollen.

“I’m proud to support these two federal investments that bolster Hood College’s ability to serve two identified needs for the Frederick community in supporting nonprofit organizations and the biomedical workforce,” said Senator Cardin. “This funding will help to establish these distinct centers that will have the dual benefit of training Hood College students with the skills necessary for the region’s in-demand professions while providing a benefit to local community organizations.”

For more information on Data Driven Frederick and the Biomedical Research and Training Center, click here to view the full release on Hood’s website.

About Hood College
Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering more than 30 bachelor’s degrees, four pre-professional programs, 19 master’s degree programs, two doctorates and 10 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.

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