Helen P. Denit, was a former teacher and Montgomery County civic leader. She served on the Woman's Board of Montgomery General Hospital as well as numerous other civic, patriotic and charitable organizations. Under the provisions of Mrs. Denit's will, she created the Helen Pumphrey Denit Trust for Charitable and Educational purposes.
The trust was established in perpetuity with the stipulation that the trustees expend income solely for religious, scientific and educational purposes of charitable organizations, with particular preference to be given to three charitable organizations where Mrs. Denit and her late husband, the prominent Washington D.C. attorney, Louis Malvern Denit, were actively involved during their lifetimes as volunteers and philanthropists.
Since Mrs. Denit's death in 1988, the Trustees have been fortunate to have the means and the opportunities to assist numerous non-profit organizations with one-time and multi-year grants. In particular, the Trustees have been pleased to support the University of Baltimore Helen P. Denit Honors Program. UB Former President Dr. H. Mebane Turner was a most persistent advocate for the establishment of this program and his passion and enthusiasm has never wavered.
"As an alumnus of the University of Baltimore, it is especially gratifying for me to be in a position to play a small part in encouraging and sustaining academic excellence." -Richard Adams, Former Chairman, The Helen P. Denit Charitable Trust
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to apply. Interested students who do not meet the requirements are considered on a one by one case. Please refer to the Join the Program page or contact the Honors Program Director for further information.
A better question; why not join the Honors Program? If you are intellectually curious and wish to explore your academic life to the fullest, being a Denit Honors member will help you to make that happen! Check out our Denit Difference page for more information.
Our students are diverse and motivated. Many of our students attend graduate school directly after graduation while others choose to travel or enter the workforce. Our students have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs across the country and hired at numerous Fortune 500 companies. Many graduates enter law school and some have been admitted into highly competitive early entry law programs.
You choose 1 level to satisfy graduation requirements, but may complete as many levels as you wish. These levels include:
When you apply for graduation you must inform the director, Dr. Etheridge, that you are graduating from the Helen P. Denit Honors Program by October 31st for winter and March 31st for the spring graduation ceremony.This is very important and if you fail to do so, your name will not appear under the Helen P. Denit Honors Program section in the Commencement Program.
Graduating with Honors means that you have achieved a very high grade point average in your studies and you are recognized as such. The categories are: Summa Cum Laude, with greatest praise; signifies graduation with highest honors, i.e., a 3.9 grade point average. Magna Cum Laude, with great praise; signifies graduation with high honors, i.e., a 3.75 grade point average. Cum Laude, with praise; signifies graduation with honors, i.e., a 3.5 grade point average. This will be noted on your transcript.
Graduating from the Helen P. Denit Honors Program means that you have completed all of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program academic and co-curricular requirements. This will be noted on your transcript.