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Winthrop’s loyal alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students and donors continue to provide generous philanthropic support through numerous contributions to a variety of endowments and scholarships. Philanthropic milestones throughout 2011-12 include:

Launch of Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop

In October 2011, Winthrop kicked off the public phase of Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop. Only the second major fundraising campaign in the university’s 125-year history, Distinction contributions reached $36.4 million of a $50 million goal. Distinction’s three primary goals define the campaign: informing stakeholders about Winthrop’s advancements and achievements; involving and engaging the Winthrop community in the progress of the university’s mission; and encouraging financial investment in Winthrop’s future.

Alumni Center Honors Philanthropists

Betty J. Morgan Holcombe ’56 and her husband, Milton W. Holcombe, made a leadership Distinction gift of $2 million to support The Morgan-Holcombe Alumni Center and its programming. Until the new center is built, the Office of Alumni Relations will be known as “The Milton W. and Betty Morgan Holcombe Alumni Center.” The Holcombes are long-time, generous supporters of Winthrop, having previous established the Elizabeth Ernestine Carter Steedly Endowed Scholarship; the Betty Morgan Holcombe Endowed Scholarship; and the Barbara Morgan Hay Endowed Scholarship.

Grant from the Leon Levine Foundation Supports Winthrop Students

The Leon Levine Foundation of Charlotte, N.C., awarded Winthrop’s Learning Excellent Academic Practices (LEAP) Program a $50,000 grant to fund scholarships for LEAP participants. LEAP is an academic support program that identifies, supports, and evaluates students before and during their first year at Winthrop. The program offers intensive academic advising and faculty-led academic support to a select group of students in the freshman class.