Thursday, February 11, 2010
Nathaniel Spells, Sr., president and CEO of Construction Dynamics, Inc. (CDI), recently presented SC State University’s president, Dr. George E. Cooper, with a $25,000 check. This gift will be used for need based student scholarships at the institution.
Occurring during the onset of the University’s 2010 Scholarship Gala and Tribute, this generous contribution is significant for students who have achieved excellence and who will be deemed as “rising stars” during the event on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 in the Smith- Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
“We are excited about receiving this $25,000 contribution from Mr. Spells and CDI,” says Dr. Cooper. “It is businesses such as CDI that understand our mission and the needs of our students who make a difference, especially in these tough economic times. In this volatile market, the University needs support from reliable stakeholders such as CDI who will ensure that students receive the necessary funding to continue their education.”
CDI, a full-service comprehensive general contracting and construction management firm based in Columbia, SC, has continuously provided philanthropic services. “I firmly believe that if the underserved communities and institutions are to achieve their full potential, it begins within,” says Spells. I also believe that one of the great equalizers in this nation is a quality education. Toward that end, CDI is pleased to contribute to the Scholarship Gala and challenges the SC State alumni, friends and other business entities to join in this effort.”
Anthony Holloman, vice-president for Institutional Advancement at SC State University, agrees. “By providing money for student scholarships, CDI is a tremendous advocate in attracting the best and the brightest students to SC State University who may one day lend support to their corporation,” says Holloman. “We would like to thank CDI for providing the money necessary for students to further their education and for giving these students an incentive to continue to strive for the best.”
In less than one month, CDI is the second company to support students at SC State University. On Feb. 1, 2010, Progress Energy also pledged a gift of $25,000 for nuclear engineering majors.
“We hope that this fervent energy will continue,” says Holloman. “Eighty percent of our money comes from 20 percent of the people, and we hope to increase the latter number.”