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January 21, 2014

Dear Leal and Loyal SC State Alumni:

I write to update you on the progress of the “Count Me In!” Annual Fund Campaign that kicked off in November, 2013. You should have received the campaign correspondence in your mailbox over the holidays.

To those of you who have responded to the Annual Fund Campaign with a gift, we thank you profusely for your support! We are grateful to you for answering the call to support scholarships and need-based financial assistance for SC State students. So far, we have received gifts totaling more than $67,000. As a result of your kindness and generosity, several students, who would otherwise have to drop out this semester, are able to continue their matriculation at SC State.

Meet three of the students you have helped:

  • A graduating senior with a 2.5 GPA came into our office in dire need of $1,294. He needed the money to pay off his balance from the fall 2013 semester. University policy stipulates that an outstanding balance from the previous semester must be paid in full before a student may enroll in classes the next or following semester. Sadly, the student is homeless and has no parents and no income. With the help of the SCSU Foundation, he now has off-campus housing and started classes on January 13th. He will graduate in May 2014 with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.

  • A freshman male student came in seeking $1,000 to pay the balance on his fall 2013 tuition. His father was badly injured in an accident recently and became unemployed. As a result, his father was unable to meet his son’s financial obligations at SC State. The Foundation provided the needed funds, ensuring the mechanical engineering major (with a 2.66 GPA) could register for the spring 2014 semester.

  • An International student from the Dominican Republic visited SC State a couple years ago and literally fell in love with our University. She came into our office in December seeking $9,000 in tuition assistance. Because she is an International student, she does not qualify for the Honors College and the financial support that comes along with that designation, in spite of the fact that her GPA is over 3.0. While we were unable to provide the full amount that she required, the Foundation was able to give her $2,500. She, in turn, was able to raise the additional dollars needed in order to continue her studies at the University she has come to call home.

There are many more students who need your support. According to the Treasurer’s Office; currently more than 300 SC State students need money immediately in order to enroll for the spring semester that began on Monday, January 13, 2014. Some of these students need as little as $300 and have no means of coming up with the money!  In addition, students need financial support to secure text books. When new text books cost as much as $168 each and students need as many as 6 or more books, this can be a financial challenge. Information provided by national surveys conducted by market research firm Student Monitor states; more than 40% of the students surveyed said they didn't purchase all required books, primarily because they couldn't afford them.

You can help. That’s why the Annual Fund Campaign is so incredibly important to the University. These students, many of whom have few (if any) resources must rely on the kindness and generosity of strangers in order to remain in college.

Our goal for this year’s “Count Me In!” Annual Fund Campaign is $120,000. This is a good starting point; however, we need so much more. SC State boasts over 30,000 alumni. We could meet our goal if just half (15,000) of our alumni would support the campaign with a gift of only $8.00 per person. If as few as 5,000 alums gave $25.00 each we could meet our goal.

Can we count you in? Click here to make a gift now. Together, we can ensure that talented, deserving SC State students are not forced to abandon their dream of graduating from college or making an impact on our society.

Kindest regards,

Sunya L. Young
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Executive Director, SCSU Foundation

P.S. Please help us expand our reach. Forward this message to former classmates and friends from SC State or others who may wish to support students in need.