Susan Patrick í85 and Larry Patrick established the Ray Hiebert Scholarship in December 2007 to provide support for graduate students in the broadcast sequence in the Merrill College of Journalism. This fund was established to recognize Ray Hiebertís contributions to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
As founding dean of the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, Ray Hiebert, Ph.D., began the college's ascent to national stature. He established the college's American Journalism Center in Budapest and served as its director from 1991 to 1995. Dr. Hiebert is a specialist in international communication, government-media relations, mass media in society and public relations. He is also the rarest of all executives in academe: a practitioner with experience in newspapers, radio, television and public relations.[BR][BR]
Susan '85 and Larry Patrick founded Patrick Communications more than 20 years ago and have made the company a leader in its field, with more than $3 billion in transactions in the last 12 years. Their success in business has been accompanied by their continuing commitment to higher education. Larry taught for 16 years at the University of Maryland, College Park and still visits colleges and universities all over the country to mentor broadcast students with pizza parties and unfettered Q&A sessions. Susan is a leader at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, serving a crucial advisory role to the dean on the Board of Visitors.[BR][BR]
In order to recognize and honor all that Ray Hiebert has done for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Susan and Larry Patrick established an endowed fund to support graduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park.[BR][BR]