Alvin C. Blankenship, a successful professional engineer and his wife, Jeanette L. Blankenship, were strong advocates of public education and womenís causes. Throughout their lives, they supported their daughter, Linda L. Blankenship, to pursue her educational aspirations to the fullest possible extent. Linda, a University of Maryland double degree alumna, received her Bachelorís Degree in Public Health in 1976, followed by her Masterís Degree in Education in 1985. Linda encouraged her parents to designate Maryland as a co-beneficiary of their charitable remainder trust to provide financial support for the education of female engineering students.
In March 2014, the late Alvin C. Blankenship and Jeanette L. Blankenship established an endowed fund to support scholarships in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.