Thursday, March 05, 2009
SC State alumna and retired educator, Josephine Robinson Evans ‘54, recently presented a $6,000 check to SC State for student scholarships and support programs.
“SC State is responsible for getting me where I am today. I received a full scholarship when I came to the University and I am grateful that someone saw the potential in me,” said Evans.
Monies received from Evans will be used to provide scholarship assistance to deserving SC State students and support educational and cultural programs at the University.
Evans seeks to support the students in similar ways she received while attending SC State. She’s often found designing congratulatory banners for SC State’s athletic teams and helping Mitchell Hall students with regular Saturday tasks, to include decorating the residence hall lobby.
“My future depended on the education I received at SC State. Many teachers took me under their wings and allowed me to demonstrate my full potential.” “The years I spend at this University were very dear to me. I would like for current and future students to experience the same,” added Evans.
Evans also desires for students to become determined and outspoken, accentuating the positive and eliminating all negatives, once they graduate from the University. “Our students should exemplify the characteristics of a true SC State bulldog with honesty, dedication, loyalty, hard work and perseverance, then become productive citizens and give back to the community, making their Alma Mater proud.”
Evans received her bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education in 1954 and a master’s in Education in 1957 from SC State. She did further studies at the University of South Carolina (USC) and The University of North Carolina (UNC).
Evans began her teaching career in Jasper Country in 1954. She continued her career in Orangeburg where served as principal for Holy Trinity Catholic School and later retired as a reading specialist and consultant. Her work experience includes basketball coach, english and reading instructor, and reading consultant for Orangeburg County School District Five.
Evans is very active in her community and professional organizations, which includes membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Carrousel Bridge Club, The International Reading Association, The National Education Association, Shamrock Social Club, Retired Teachers Association, life member of the National Association and Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and former member of the Board of Directors of Andrew Chapel Christian Academy in Orangeburg, S.C.
For many years, she volunteered at SC State by serving in several capacities, namely, The SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Universities) Committee, Friends of the Library, and the Community Day Fundraiser. In 2002, Evans received “SC State’s Distinguished Alumni Award” from NAFEO (National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education). In 2004, Evans led the “Class of 1954” Planning Committee and raised more than $60,000 setting a golden class reunion trend that has exceeded the $100,000 class gift level.
Evans has served on the SC State Alumni Nominating Committee. She is an active member of the SC State National Alumni Association and the Orangeburg Alumni Chapter, where she once served as president and a newly elected member of the SC State Foundation Board.
Evans is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Orangeburg, S.C. where she serves as president of the Women’s Guild club, Ladies Auxiliary treasurer and a member of the Sunday to Sunday Bible study group, among many other study and support groups.
Evans was married to the late Brantley E. Evans, and has four children, Dr. Valerie Evans Harrison, Benita Evans Lefft, Kela Evans Thomas and Brantley Evans, Jr. She is also the proud grandmother of eight.