Celebration of Scholarships
David E. Mills Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship History

Family and friends established the David E. Mills Memorial Endowed Scholarship in October 2010 to support students who work on The Diamondback, the university's student-run newspaper. In tribute to David Mills, recipients should share a commitment to, and passion for, issues of diversity and ideally pose a strong understanding of the importance of diversity in a student-run newspaper.

Donor Statement

David E. Mills was a loving son, brother and friend. David was a brave and resourceful spirit and an extraordinary writer with a passion for good intentioned argument and debate, always aimed at stimulating conversation and improving the final product. Mills, who was born in Maryland and started his writing career as a reporter at the independent student-run University of Maryland Diamondback newspaper, suddenly and unexpectedly died on March 30, 2010 of a brain aneurysm. David won the prestigious Benjamin Banneker four-year scholarship to attend his alma mater and quickly became a leader at The Diamondback. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1984, Mills began his extensive and impressive journalism and television career.

After a successful career at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, Mills became a top writer for many acclaimed TV shows.

David was an Emmy-winning writer and producer whose credits included work on "NYPD Blue," "Homicide," "ER," "The Wire," "The Corner" and his own "Kingpin," and who was helping to run the writing staff of HBO's "Treme" at the time of his death.

In order to preserve David's memory, his family and friends established this endowed fund to encourage undergraduate writers and foster participation on the staff of The Diamondback at the University of Maryland.
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