Division of University Advancement

Where Passion, People and Purpose Unite 


Bohnen, EvanWinthrop University donors and philanthropists have an immediate impact upon the sustained quality of education provided to our students. You are a part of our successes and distinction! Winthrop continues to receive national recognition, including its eighth-place ranking among Southern public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a 17th-place ranking among the Best Colleges for Veterans. The university is ranked second in the nation as a top-performing school with a high rate of graduation success of minority students. And there’s so much more that makes Winthrop a university of first choice grounded in a student-centered education provided by a faculty committed to prepare students for successful and fulfilling lives. Learn more at About Winthrop.

Join the Winthrop Leadership Society!

wlslogoThe Winthrop Leadership Society recognizes contributors who pledge to make annual gifts of $1,000 or more to Winthrop over a five-year period. Eighty charter members of the leadership society have already pledged nearly $1 million to support the Winthrop Fund and university-wide programs and initiatives over the next five years.  Alumni and Winthrop Leadership Society members like Tim ’83 and Jewel ’84 Hopkins of Lugoff, South Carolina, are dedicated to building a culture of giving that carries on the university’s legacy for future generations.  “Jewel and I give because we believed in the Winthrop of yesterday; are fond of the Winthrop of today; and very excited over the possibilities of the Winthrop of tomorrow,” Tim Hopkins said.  For more information about supporting students by becoming a charter member of the Winthrop Leadership Society, please contact Vice President Evan Bohnen or Associate Vice President RJ Gimbl at 803/323-2275 or toll-free 800/801-1083.


Latest News Advancing Winthrop

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Winthrop University senior Joey Jennings one of its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships, granting him a full ride to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland – College Park. Only three sociology undergraduates nationwide received the fellowship. That’s just part of his story. READ MORE

Winthrop has received two new pledges to enhance its longstanding Close Scholars Program in celebration of the program’s 20th anniversary.  The Springs Close Foundation's Board of Directors increased the annual scholarship award to each student selected as a Close Scholar to $5,000 per academic year, beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. Funds to implement a new study abroad component to the program also have been pledged. READ MORE

Dr. Adrienne McCormick, Winthrop’s dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently announced as the new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. President Dan Mahony noted McCormick’s impressive commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, a key component of the Winthrop Plan; her focus on pursuing new partnerships and opportunities for students, faculty and staff; and her dedication to recruiting high-quality faculty. READ MORE