Winthrop’s beginnings came by way of a $1,500 donation from a generous Peabody Board of Directors, and the university’s loyal alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students and donors continue that founding philanthropic spirit today as they provide transformational support through numerous contributions to a variety of endowments and scholarships.
During the 2010 calendar year, Winthrop was honored to receive the following gifts at the leadership level ($10,000 and above) in support of new or existing projects and funds. For more information about all the leadership gifts received, please view the Honor Roll of Contributors at www.winthropalumni.com/honorroll.
- The Richard W. Riley College of Education received an anonymous $600,000 gift designated to support local literacy programs. The donors, a Rock Hill couple, intend for the gift to enhance current literacy programs as well as support developing new literacy programs through curriculum and program development, student research assistance, and book and software purchases.
- Cecelia “Cece” Stewart ’93 committed $250,000 to be split into two funds supporting Winthrop currently and in perpetuity. The first fund, the Cecelia Stewart Endowed Scholarship, will honor students who show academic promise and improvement over time, with first preference given to business majors. The second half of the gift is unrestricted, meaning the Winthrop community can use the gift to support priority projects immediately.
- A new scholarship will provide support for outstanding junior and senior history majors thanks to a $100,000 commitment from Larry Carroll and Vivian Moore Carroll ’73. The Fred Hembree History Scholarship honors Larry’s cousin, Fred Hembree ’80. The Carrolls have challenged other donors to support the scholarship by promising to match gifts up to $50,000 per year over the next three years.
- Winthrop received nearly $1 million in scholarship support from two realized planned gifts. The Dr. E. Cooper Bell Scholarship will support students pursuing medical degrees through the pre-med program thanks to the more than $326,000 from the estate of Dr. Ella Cooper Bell ’34. The Anne Moss Biggs Endowed Scholarship will provide scholarship support to students, with first preference given to non-traditional students, courtesy of the more than $600,000 gift from the estate of Anne Moss Biggs ’35.
- Board of Trustees member Karl Folkens ’78 established the Karl Folkens Scholarship for Study Abroad Opportunities through a gift of real estate. An active member of Winthrop’s Model United Nations as a student, Folkens intends for the gift to provide scholarships and travel stipends to students who wish to study abroad but are not able to due to financial need.