DUNDALK — Al Lloyd goes about his days with one thing in mind – going out of his own way to make other people smile.
Lloyd, who has served on the Dundalk Community College Foundation since 1991, was recently awarded the Benefactor Award by Community College of Baltimore County. The award is typically given to businesses, but CCBC officials named Lloyd as the first individual to win the award.
“Al Lloyd is part of the CCBC family,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Ken Westary.
“You can often find him walking through the bookstore purchasing books for unsuspecting students or buying a meal in the cafeteria for students in need. His generosity is bountiful, and hundreds of CCBC students have benefited from the endowments he has established and the scholarships that have been created due to his fundraising efforts.”
Lloyd sat down with The Dundalk Eagle and shared his story about how he began the two scholarships he started for students who attend CCBC Dundalk, and about why he chooses to give to others.
It all started in 1976, he said.
Lloyd and his wife tragically lost a daughter in a hit-and-run accident on North Point Road.
“She had just graduated from Patapsco High School and was going to go to Dundalk Community College, at that point,” Lloyd said.
“I didn’t have the nerve to spend her insurance money on a new car. I said I’m going to help someone else go to college since she won’t be able to go.”
Lloyd said he used his daughter’s life insurance money to start a scholarship fund in 1977. The scholarship, which is still in existence today, is for graduating seniors to attend CCBC. It’s called the Marie Lloyd/Ed Lamon Scholarship. Recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 per semester for two years.
“They can study anything their little hearts desire,” Lloyd said. “I’ve been doing that every year since 1977. I raise funds for this scholarship fund, and I’ve been very successful.”
“People don’t realize how good you feel when you help somebody.”
Lloyd’s wife passed away earlier this year, spending 12 days and 12 nights at Johns Hopkins before she died. Although her nurses did all they could to help her, Lloyd’s bride didn’t make it.
Seeing the nurses work inspired Lloyd to start a second scholarship awarded to students who want to study nursing at CCBC. It’s called the Mary E. Lloyd Nursing Scholarship.
“I talked to those nurses up there at Johns Hopkins for 12 days and 12 nights,” Lloyd said.
“Every nurse I talked to had a school loan that they had to pay off. Two of them broke down and cried. One was really bad, and I reached into my pocket and pulled out some money. I told her to put this on her loan. ‘It doesn’t help much, but every little bit helps and you’ll realize that some day.’”
The Mary E. Lloyd Nursing Scholarship began in the fall, and will be awarded during the fall semester each year. The Marie Lloyd/Ed Lamon Scholarship is awarded every spring.
Lloyd graduated from Dundalk Community College in 1978. Before that, he worked with American Standard until it closed down in 1976. At the time, he had six children and one on the way, he said.
He attended college for labor studies. He graduated at the same time as two of his children, but skipped his own graduation ceremony to attend theirs.
Lloyd said he became an instructor and taught labor studies at the community college. He only taught one course, however, and that wasn’t enough to feed seven kids and two parents. He became a lobbyist with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
“I think a lot came, for me getting the job I got, through Dundalk Community College,” Lloyd said. “I took several courses, but I took up speech because I love to talk. They called me ‘Windy” when I was in school. One day, I got a call from Detroit asking me if I could go up there.”
Lloyd said he was hired to be a troubleshooter, education director, political action director and lobbyist. He started out with 12 states, and was up to 14 when he retired in 2003. Today, he is still retired, and spends his days giving to others.
“I just really love helping people,” Lloyd said while tearing up. “That’s all I do.”
CCBC said in a press release that Lloyd has amassed more than $336,000 through fundraising activities and personal giving. He is one of the original members of the Dundalk Community College Foundation and established one of its oldest and largest endowments to date.
When the campus-based foundation boards merged in 2006, Lloyd continued to serve creating a legacy of fundraising prowess which has benefited hundreds of CCBC students over the years via scholarships, according to the release.