Alumna Endows $100K New Scholarship for Johnsonian Staff Members

September 13, 2017

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bullet point The 1970 Johnsonian Staff Endowed Scholarship will provide one annual renewable scholarship for a Johnsonian staff member who is a South Carolina resident.
bullet point McMillan, of Conway, South Carolina, worked as a photographer for The Johnsonian for two years.

Susan Hoffer

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Days filled with photo assignments, late-night newspaper layout sessions — Susan Hoffer McMillan '71 has fond memories of her time as a photographer for The Johnsonian, Winthrop's student newspaper. To support budding student-journalists, she has established and endowed a scholarship for Johnsonian staff members.

Endowed with a $100,000 gift, the 1970 Johnsonian Staff Endowed Scholarship will provide one annual renewable scholarship to a Winthrop student who is a South Carolina resident and a Johnsonian staff member, with first preference given to English majors. The fund will begin awarding in fall 2018.

McMillan said that she considers her two years on The Johnsonian staff-and the resulting lifelong friendships she formed-to be the best part of her Winthrop experience.

"Winthrop certainly made a difference in my life, and I think it's important to support the university and make a difference in the life of future students," said McMillan, who earned her B.A. in English at Winthrop.

An avid historian, author and archaeologist, McMillan has authored five books-"Myrtle Beach and Conway in Vintage Postcards," "Georgetown and the Waccamaw Neck in Vintage Postcards," "Images of America, Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand," "Then & Now, Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand" and "Images of America, Conway"-and co-authored "Images of America, McClellanville and the St. James, Santee Parish." The Camden, South Carolina, native divides her time between Conway and McClellanville, South Carolina, speaking on area history and leading archaeological digs as director of the Waccamaw Archaeology Partnership.

McMillan, a former Winthrop Board of Trustees member, also played a pivotal role in securing Winthrop founder David Bancroft Johnson's induction into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in May 2017. She and her husband, Marshall, reside in Conway.

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