Alumni, corporations show overwhelming support for SC State: Donors invest more than $800,000

Monday, November 18, 2013

SC State University received contributions totaling $807,740 from alumni and corporations in support of student scholarships and university initiatives designed to expose SC State students to professional opportunities. The contributions were presented during the university’s Homecoming game, held Saturday, Nov. 9.

“South Carolina State University is pleased to receive the generous gifts from alumni, its loyal sons and daughters, and is equally appreciative to businesses that have provided financial support. The investment of these contributions – which demonstrate confidence in the university - will help SC State continue to transform lives by providing quality academic and learning opportunities, improving quality of life through innovation and discovery and connecting with communities through public service,” said Sunya L. Young, vice president of the Division of Institutional Advancement.

“We hope that more alumni and SC State supporters will continue to give or consider increasing their level of giving to the university,” continued Young.

The gifts given to the university were donated over a three-month period, from late August to Nov. 8. The contributions, presented at the university’s largest attended game of the season, include:

  • The 1983 fall line of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. contributed $10,000 to its alma mater, SC State University.

  • SC State’s Band Program Activity Chapter, better known as BPAC, generously gave $10,240 for band operations. 

  • Lewis A. Berry, ’66 presented his annual gift of $12,500 to benefit the Berry Family Scholarship, the Class of 1966 and the First Lady’s Boutique, which opened Nov. 8 and provides professional attire and career-related seminars to university students. 

  • Patrena Rice, ’71 invested $20,000 to establish the Barbara A. Waymer Scholarship Fund. Waymer is a 1958 graduate of SC State University.

  • BMW Manufacturing contributed $20,000 for scholarships. The gift was presented by Rudy Simmons, ’78, who is employed with BMW.

  • Answering President Thomas J. Elzey’s urgent call for scholarships, SC State’s National Alumni Association presented $50,000. 

  • Alumna Kimberly Miller Chapman and her husband William P. Chapman Jr., owners of hair care products company, Nairobi Professionals, founders of the Chapman Foundation and publishers of Sheen magazine, gifted $60,000 for scholarships.

  • An anonymous donor invested $100,000 to support SC State’s tennis program.

  • The SC State Foundation Board of Directors, which receives, manages and invests private gifts to support SC State, presented $150,000 for scholarships. 

  • Members of the STATE Club, which supports SC State athletics, gave $175,000 in contributions for student athletes.

  • DTZ, a division of UGL Company (SC State’s facilities management company), made a generous donation in the amount of $200,000 to support university initiatives and an additional $20,000 to serve as title sponsor for the “Former Athletes Present the President’s Golf Tournament” event during Homecoming weekend. The $20,000 sponsorship will support Bulldog athletics.

To make a contribution or to learn more about the SC State University Foundation, contact Sunya L. Young, in the Division of Institutional Advancement, at or (803) 536-8542.