Tuesday, May 10, 2011
It was a celebratory time for SC State University during their May Weekend festivities. Along with many others, the Silver Class of 1986 and the Golden Class of 1961 were in reunion. Congressman James E. Clyburn, however, proved to be the highlight during the Alumni Honors and Awards Banquet when he presented University President, Dr. George E. Cooper, and vice president for the Division of Institutional Advancement, Mr. Anthony Holloman, with a check for $300,000.
The funds, which will provide scholarships for SC State University students, is one among many gifts provided to the University by Clyburn. A 2006 inductee into the SC State Miller Honor Society, Clyburn was then recognized for giving at least $100,000 to the institution. Now, his donations exceedingly surpass that amount considering that he has collectively given over $1 million to SC State.
A 1961 graduate, Clyburn is always proud to be able to contribute to his Alma Mater. With his wife, Emily, also a 1961 graduate of the University, the two consistently hail SC State for preparing them to thrive in a professional environment. Their contributions ensure that other students will follow in their footsteps.
“Emily and I are just as committed to South Carolina State as we ever were. We are supportive of the current administration, and we thought we should put our money where our mouths are,” says Clyburn. “We are both members of the Class of ’61, which the late Paul Webber deemed the only group of genuine non-conformists he ever taught in his 40-year career. It is only fitting that this same class set the record of giving for any class at South Carolina State by contributing more than $462,000. I believe this record contribution is evidence that the vast majority of alumni don’t buy into the manufactured controversies surrounding the University, and we have demonstrated our faith with our donations.”
With Clyburn’s contribution, Holloman has exceeded his goal of $3 million set in July 2010. “We are exceedingly proud of Congressman Clyburn and the numerous other SC State alumni who are adamant about contributing to the University and steadfast on ensuring that students receive the best education possible,” says Holloman. “With his help and with the assistance of our other supporters, we will continue to go above and beyond the goals that have been set forth.”
Cooper also thanked Clyburn for his tremendous support through the years. “It is alumni like Congressman Clyburn who continue to set the mark that will encourage others to give. After suffering a setback due to tremendous cuts in state funding for education, we are seeing trends of increased giving by our alumni. Every contribution counts and every contribution is a milestone for the University and for the lives of many deserving students.”