Monday, August 24, 2009
Despite economic challenges, declining state resources and numerous budget cuts, a graduate of SC State University continued to show their support by anonymously donating $125,000 to the University.
President George E. Cooper accepted the unrestricted gift on behalf of the University, presented by Dr. Jackie Epps, interim vice president for Institutional Advancement and Dr. Rodell Lawrence, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations.
“It was encouraging and exciting to learn about the gift as it will allow us to make expenditures that will help our university. Because of the need that many of our students bring, most of the funds will be used to provide need based scholarships to students at the University,” said President George E. Cooper.
Describing the anonymous donation as one that is silent, yet powerful, Cooper states how important it is for other alumni to support the University. “Receiving an anonymous gift signifies a trust in leadership and an incentive to other alumni to give back and support SC State University. It’s a silent way to say I believe in the University and I’m encouraging other alumni to do the same.”
Epps concurs stating, “The anonymous donor has a profound passion for education and recognizes that it’s paramount for success.” “It’s an honorable gesture for the donor to recognize our students’ financial challenges and invest in their future, helping them realize their educational dream,” continued Epps.
In efforts to support their Alma Mater, SC State alumni have increased their giving up to 23 percent in the last year. Additionally, the University has set a new record for private gifts during the 2008-09 fiscal year, which ended on June 30th.
“This year’s support of alumni has been outstanding and this donation is just another example of the support we received from one of our alumni. It demonstrates how, in these tough economic times, an individual will step up and give back to their Alma Mater. We are greatly appreciative of the selfless act by this donor and hope that many alumni will join in the effort to give back,” stated Lawrence.