Celebration of Scholarships
Harry Davis Accounting Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship History

H. Phillip Davis ’69 and Mary Davis '78 established the Harry Davis Accounting Scholarship in March 2010 to support junior and senior accounting students in the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Donor Statement

Harry Davis was born on September 1, 1896. Family finances dictated that he start work at the age of 13, which he did as a messenger for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company (now Verizon). Mr. Davis recognized that education and a strong work ethic were critical to business success. Consequently, while working for the telephone company he attended night school to complete high school. He then took additional courses in business management primarily related to accounting which was his major interest. Mr. Davis’ positions with the telephone company included those of management analysis, methods accountant and auditor. He was well versed in the economic issues associated with the company and frequently developed and made presentation to the Public Service Commission to support the company’s rate proposals. Mr. Davis retired from the company in 1960 with 50 years of service.<
> Mr. Davis was also interested in the financial markets. He was a prudent investor who favored value and followed a buy-and-hold strategy. When he passed away in 1987, his portfolio included stocks he had purchased in 1945.<
> In memory of Mr. Davis, H. Phillip Davis ’69 and Mary B. Davis ’78 established, through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an endowed fund to support accounting students at the University of Maryland, College Park.<

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