Fisher Endowment Programs

In 2005, the trustees of the Robert M. Fisher Memorial Foundation presented Towson University with a "transformational" $10.2 million to endow scholarships, establish a chair in the biological and physical sciences, and rename the College of Science and Mathematics in recognition of Jess and Mildred Fisher.  In the fall of 2016, the college established the Jess and Mildred Fisher Endowed Chair in the Mathematical and Computing Sciences.

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Smith Hall is home to the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences.

Jess Fisher (see link to brief biography below), a Baltimore native who attended Towson in the 1930s and who later became a real estate developer and philanthropist, established the foundation in memory of his son, Robert. Two endowed scholarships now honor the memory of Robert M. Fisher and his sister, Cecilia Fisher Rudman.

The funds will be used in several ways:

  • To support several Jess and Mildred Fisher Endowed Chairs in the Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • To maintain the Fisher Scholarship Program of four-year full in-state tuition and fees scholarships for incoming freshmen.
  • To enhance the general endowment fund for the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.

Who was Jess Fisher? (PDF)

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