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05/25/2010

Planned Gift by Tom Slaughter, formerly of Hickory Grove, Makes Him Largest Single Donor

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 Slaughter has directed his testamentary gifts to be designated to the Slaughter-Wilkerson Endowed Scholarship.
 The scholarship provides awards for students from York County, S.C., with first consideration given to those from Slaughter’s hometown of Hickory Grove.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University will receive additional money through a planned gift from Thomas G. Slaughter of Charlotte, N.C., making him the largest single donor in Winthrop’s history. Slaughter’s total giving to Winthrop, including these new estate plans, will total more than $3 million.

Slaughter has directed his testamentary gifts to be designated to the Slaughter-Wilkerson Endowed Scholarship, which he established in 2007. He endowed this scholarship in memory and in honor of his mother, Sally Allison Slaughter; his sister, Sara Emily Slaughter; his cousin, Tommy W. Wilkerson; and their hometown of Hickory Grove, S.C.

“I can impact so many more lives by making these gifts to Winthrop,” Slaughter said. “My goal is to provide outstanding educational opportunity to the young men and women of Hickory Grove, and Winthrop is a wonderful university in which I have great confidence. This is the single best investment I will ever make.”

The Slaughter-Wilkerson Endowed Scholarship provides scholarship awards for students from York County, S.C., with first consideration given to students from Slaughter’s hometown of Hickory Grove. Such scholarship support allows talented students to pursue their educational goals in any of the fully accredited programs at Winthrop.

This is the fourth major planned gift announced by Winthrop this spring. The other gifts, also in excess of $1 million, were given by Harry and `Becca Dalton of Rock Hill; an anonymous donor from the western part of South Carolina; and Raymond and Patricia Carter of Chapin, S.C. These and other donors have made estate planning arrangements for Winthrop and are members of the D.B. Johnson Society, one of Winthrop’s premiere leadership giving societies.

For more information about the D.B. Johnson Society, making planned gifts to Winthrop, or for other questions about philanthropic support, contact the Office of Development at 803/323-2150.

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