Name: Sarah Hoffman
Residence: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Gift Designation: L.B. Long Memorial Scholarship
Gifts to Winthrop University are every bit as unique as the people who make them. Sarah Hoffman ’09, ’11 decided to support her alma mater as a way to make a gift and memorialize a friend and classmate – a personal and bittersweet choice.
When Hoffman's close friend Lacey B. Long ’09 passed away in October 2012, Hoffman elected to create the L.B. Long Memorial Scholarship. Established initially with donations from Long’s many friends and family, the annual restricted fund supplies scholarships for student leaders on Winthrop’s campus.
Hoffman, now a graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, explained that the L.B. Long Memorial Scholarship allows donors a fitting way to memorialize Long, a lifelong learner whose intellectual curiosity and activism are her legacy. Hoffman noted that her late friend, known alternately as "Hotspur" after a popular Shakespearean character, lived Winthrop's motto of "Live. Learn. Lead." every day.
The scholarship, Hoffman added, offers a unique way to memorialize Long and to give thanks for the education Winthrop University provided her.
“Gratitude is such an important piece of life; I realize now what a great school I came from,” said Hoffman. “This scholarship is an opportunity to give back.”