Friends, family and colleagues of Mary Ann Granger-Alderson created the Mary Ann Granger-Alderson Memorial Scholarship in 2008 to support undergraduate students with financial need. This fund was established in honor of her strong commitment to education. An administrator at the University of Maryland, Mary Ann Ganger-Alderson earned her bachelor of arts degree in economics at the University of Maryland College Park and a master's degree in management information systems from the University of Maryland University College. She later dedicated her career to improving student services in higher education.
Mary Ann Granger-Alderson was born on April 22, 1955, in Washington, D.C. and was the oldest of six children born to Gloria and James Poulos. She grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and graduated from Regina High School. Her love of education was inspired by her father, who was a teacher. Possessing a quick and discerning mind, boundless energy, a straightforward demeanor and a compassionate disposition she was an inspiration and mentor to her family, friends, countless students, professional colleagues, and the community at large.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a masters degree in management information systems from the University of Maryland, University College. A member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, she began working at the University as a student – the beginning of a 32 year career in the Registrar's Office.
Mary Ann dedicated her career to the goal of advancing and improving student services in higher education. She oversaw enrollment operations and technology applications affecting more than 35,000 students each year. Under her leadership, the University of Maryland's enrollment processes employed cutting edge technology, evolving from computer punch cards, through telephone voice response systems, to on-line internet enabled services. Under her guidance, the University's policies, procedures and operations kept pace with its rise to national and global prominence among the top tier of research universities. A long time advocate for improving services to students, faculty and staff, she was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Award in 1994.
A "Maryland Terp" through and through, Mary Ann was an avid fan of University sports and its alumni programs. Among her many avocations, she was also a tireless supporter of youth swimming. Devoted to her family, committed to her friends, generous to her professional colleagues, and giving to the broader community, her presence will be missed by all. In order to provide a meaningful and lasting tribute to Mary Ann, her family, friends and colleagues established an endowed fund to provide scholarships in her memory.
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