The Bylee Massey award was created in part by the generosity of the Herman Maril Foundation to honor Bylee Massey, wife of former University of Maryland University College President T. Benjamin Massey, PhD (1978–98). Bylee Massey founded the university's Maryland Artist Collection. She did so without funding or a staff. Her innovative idea and spirit drove the creation of the collection.

In honor of Ms. Massey's spirit of giving with utmost dignity and grace, this annual award recognizes a member of the UMUC community (faculty, staff, or student) who has made a significant contribution that directly benefits UMUC and went "above and beyond" volunteer efforts for a particular university initiative, project, or event. 

Award Criteria

To be eligible, candidates must be a current UMUC faculty or staff member or a student in good academic standing and and must have

  1. Gone "above and beyond" during volunteer efforts, occurring outside of normal responsibilities or assigned duties, for a university project or event
  2. Demonstrated passion and spirit for the core values and mission of UMUC through creative endeavors that advance the university
  3. Made a significant contribution in support of the UMUC community that had a lasting impact on the university through personal commitment and innovation
  4. Identified opportunities, outside of one's job function or elected position, to shape the culture and direction of UMUC into the future

Award Presentation

The Bylee Massey Memorial Award is presented during the Adelphi Service and Achievement Awards Ceremony in November. The recipient will receive both a monetary award of $1,000 and a decorative plaque.

Nomination Procedures and Guidelines

  1. Each year, a request for nominations letter will be sent to the university community at large.
  2. A Nomination Application and a letter of no more than two pages must be submitted to and include the following:
    1. the name of the nominee
    2. the case for the nominee. Be specific as to why the nominee deserves the award and include a description of the nominee's contributions.
    3. no more than two pages describing the nominee's contribution to the university
    4. the name and contact information of the nominator
  3. Nominations must be received on or before 5 p.m. eastern time, Friday, October 27, 2017.
  4. Nominations are reviewed by a committee composed of UMUC staff and a representative of the Herman Maril Foundation. The committee recommendations are presented to the university president.
  5. Members of the Maril family will be invited to formally make the award presentation.
  6. A plaque will be hung in the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at UMUC to recognize the award recipients.

If you have any questions, e-mail or contact Kheshia Cashwell at 301-985-7955.