As a child, Alison Jean Hamilton '92, '95 watched her mother, Brenda Hewitt Hamilton '77, earn a Winthrop degree – and Hamilton knew, even at that early age, that she wanted to create her own Winthrop experience one day. Now, through a planned gift, Hamilton wants to help other students take advantage of the opportunities her alma mater has to offer.
Hamilton has established the Earl Haden Jr. and Brenda Jean Hewitt Hamilton Endowed Scholarship through a bequest from a percentage of her retirement accounts. The gift, named for Hamilton’s parents, will provide scholarship funds for Winthrop students in years to come.The North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, resident made the gift to thank Winthrop for years of encouragement and support.“A planned gift is a great opportunity to give back and show appreciation to Winthrop for the opportunities the university provided me,” said Hamilton.A native of Rock Hill, Hamilton earned her B.S. in business administration and her M.B.A. at Winthrop, echoing the experiences of her mother and her aunts, Margaret Hewitt Black ’71, ’75 and Lucie Lowry Hewitt ’68. Brenda Hewitt Hamilton earned her B.A. in history in 1977. The Winthrop connections don't stop there: Hamilton’s cousin, Larry Baker, and her late grandmother, Frances Ford Hamilton, also attended Winthrop.Hamilton noted that strong family ties to the university convinced her to create her own Winthrop experience. During times of struggle, she relied on support from the College of Business Administration – particularly Director of Graduate Studies Peggy Hager ’82, assistant professor of management. Hamilton worked hard and earned two degrees at Winthrop. And every step of the way, she kept her grandfather’s advice in the back of her mind.“My grandfather stressed how important education was. He told me, ‘Get all the education you can because that is something no one can take away from you,’” said Hamilton. “Winthrop was really good to me, and the planned gift is a great opportunity to give back.”Last Updated: 3/16/2016
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