Hood works cooperatively and strategically with its many partners to augment student learning and enhance the quality of life in the region and beyond. Students work with our career center staff to secure volunteer positions, internships and permanent employment with our more than 600 partner organizations in government, private and nonprofit industries throughout the region.
Our faculty help students pursue their passions through real-world experiences that enhance classroom instruction. Students work side-by-side with scientists and professors conducting research, intern in local professional development schools and study abroad to gain marketable skills and professional experience.
Businesses for Hood College
Since Hood’s founding in 1893, the business community has partnered with the College, providing leadership and financial support. Businesses, corporations and foundations such as The Hodson Trust, the Whitaker Foundation, the Delaplaine Foundation, Constellation Energy Group, the Nora Roberts Foundation, General Electric Co., Invitrogen and the American Chestnut Foundation have provided funds for academics, athletics, library resources and scholarships. The area’s first technology business incubator, initially located on campus, and Hood’s strong alliance with the National Cancer Institute research facility at nearby Fort Detrick, have inspired new interest in the College from the business, government and nonprofit sectors.
Hood’s relationship with Fort Detrick has many threads, and is constantly evolving. The first master’s degree in biomedical science offered in Maryland was developed by Hood biologists and Fort Detrick scientists, an example of the symbiotic relationship of two organizations that have very different purposes but share many of the same intellectual interests and values. In many ways Fort Detrick has served as an extension of the campus and our programs in the sciences.
Integrating theory with practice and professional learning, 37 percent of Hood’s 2007 graduates interned at some of the 200 local and regional sites with which Hood maintains relationships, including CBS Radio, Bechtel, Harpers Ferry National Park, Merrill Lynch, National Cancer Institute, National Zoo, Philadelphia Art Museum, the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Energy, BoozAllen Hamilton, Baltimore County Historical Society and National Geographic Society.
The Hodson Trust
Since 1936, The Hodson Trust and the Hodson Scholarship Foundation have provided grants to the College totaling nearly $65 million. Their financial support has been used for student scholarships, endowmented professorships, student and faculty research grants and campus infrastructure and buildings, including the library, student center, residence halls, athletic facilities and total funding for the $20 million state-of-the-art Hodson Science and Technology Center, completed in 2002.
Hood was awarded a grant in 2003 from the Coca-Cola Foundation that provides 10 scholarships each year for 10 years for women, age 24 and over, who transfer to Hood from a community college or return to Hood to complete their degrees.
The generous gifts Hood College has received from the Whitaker Foundation, including the naming gift for the Whitaker Campus Center, and from the members of the Whitaker family, are a demonstration of the extraordinary loyalty and commitment of the two Whitaker sisters, Portia ’55 and Ruth ’55, who are alumnae of this College, and of their concern for the quality of education at Hood. The benefit we have received from these gifts is immeasurable.
National Science Foundation
Along with grants for teacher training and faculty research, National Science Foundation grants have allowed Hood to purchase sophisticated equipment, including the molecular modeling lab’s computers, which are specifically equipped to manipulate, visualize and hypothesize molecular structures at the atomic level.
National Endowment for the Humanities
As a small liberal arts college, Hood has had exceptional success in receiving major grants from agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities. This speaks well of the quality of our faculty and of the care and good judgment we employ in our grant-writing process.