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Annual Giving

Annual giving is the lifeblood of the College and fuels the boundless potential of our students, faculty and alumni. These gifts provide the College of Charleston with the flexibility required to meet its most pressing needs and pursue immediate and meaningful opportunities. From scholarships to undergraduate research and faculty support, annual giving makes an immediate impact on campus.

Every year, you can help shape the College of Charleston experience with gifts to the College of Charleston Fund or any of the 13 Annual Giving funds. No matter how large or small your gift — you can be sure it will make a difference.

College of Charleston Fund

The College of Charleston Fund is the primary channel for alumni to support the College.

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Parents' Fund

Your gift to the Parents' Fund makes a direct impact on the student experience.

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School of the Arts

Your gift makes an immediate and significant impact on every SOTA student every day, ensuring the school's continued role in shaping the future of the arts on campus and in the community.

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School of Business

Your gift bolsters the quality of our courses and student professional development opportunities, support our outstanding faculty in their enrichment and research endeavors, and engage our alumni and friends in the life of the School.

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School of Education, Health, and Human Performance

Your gift ensures our students have the financial aid they need, our faculty has the support required, and we have the facilities to support the transformational learning and research both deserve

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School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Your gift supports scholarships and internships for students and recruitment of world-class faculty. Most importantly, your annual gift gives us the ultimate flexibility – to seize opportunities that will advance the mission of the school and address unforeseen challenges faced by faculty and students as they arise.

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School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

Your gift ensures LCWA students are equipped to succeed in a globally interdependent world.

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School of Sciences and Mathematics

Your gift ensures that our students have the support they need, our faculty has the support that’s required, and that we have the facilities to support the transformational learning and research that both deserve.

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Graduate School at the University of Charleston, S.C.

Your gift equips our graduate students to succeed in a globally interdependent world.

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Honors College

Your gift enhances our living-learning community which provides students with the academic challenge and personal attention necessary to flourish and evolve into leaders in their communities and the world

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College of Charleston Libraries

Your gift to the Friends of the Library raises the margin of excellence of the comprehensive collection of scholarly materials and library services congruent with the institution’s present and anticipated instructional and research requirements.

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Student Affairs

Your gift enhances current student life programs, supports new initiatives devoted to student success and leadership, creates further opportunities for community and civic engagement, and continues to build upon a culture of fraternity, openness and social fulfillment.

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Cougar Club

Your gift provides financial support for student-athlete scholarships, in addition to sport specific fundraising and athletic facility improvements.

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Boundless: the Campaign for the College of Charleston

“While taking Monetary Theory and Policy my junior year, I grew more interested in macroeconomics and monetary economics. Today, I am providing senior economists and policy advisors with the data and analysis that guides the creation of U.S. monetary policy.” – Dyanne Vaught, ’13, research assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, Ma and former Schottland Scholar.

Endowments and Major Gifts

Philanthropy is essential to the mission of the College and our next era of national distinction. Invest in your passion here and the impact is immediate on campus. Boundless: The Campaign for the College of Charleston is the vehicle and the conduit to achieve our mission with your investment in these campus-wide priorities:

Restricted Scholarship

A restricted scholarship is funded through annual gifts for a specified timeframe, usually four years. The minimum investment for a restricted scholarship is $10,000. A scholarship established as a restricted fund is eligible for awarding in the subsequent semester.

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Endowed Scholarship

An endowed scholarship is a longer investment in the College’s scholarship program. With careful stewardship, endowed funds grow in value over time, with part of the earnings being designated to support the specified purpose of the endowed fund. The minimum investment for an endowed scholarship is $50,000. A scholarship established as an endowed fund is eligible for awarding after three years of growth in the endowment pool.

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World-Class Faculty

An investment is world-class faculty will attract and retain the best teacher-scholars, integrate research and discovery and ensure an extraordinary educational experience.

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Distinctive Academic and Campus-Life Programs

An investment in in our distinctive academic and campus-life programs will expand international and cross-disciplinary programs which give students and faculty the skills, the knowledge and the perspectives to thrive in today's global society.

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Boundless: the Campaign for the College of Charleston

“Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students are faced with extensive laboratory classes and research experiences that put heavy demands of their time. As a consequence, they generally have little time for outside employment. Summer research scholarships and fellowships are vital for recruitment and retention in these fields.” Dean Mike Auerbach, School of Sciences and Mathematics

Planned Giving

Planned giving provides you with virtually limitless possibilities for charitable giving not only now, but in the future. Create a philanthropic vision and ensure the boundless outcomes meet your wishes. We believe it’s not about choosing the best between your family OR the College –  it’s about choosing the best for your family AND for the College.

Gifts that Cost Nothing Now

Gift in a Will
Donors pay a profound compliment to the College of Charleston Foundation by naming it to receive a gift through their wills.  The advantage of a gift in a will is that it costs nothing now and it can be changed at any time.  It is a simple process but it does require the assistance of an attorney.

Retirement Plan Assets
A gift of retirement plan assets is both easy and tax-efficient. Retirement plan beneficiary designations may be changed at any time. This is very easy to accomplish: either contact your investment manager OR, log in to your retirement account and change the beneficiary and percentage gift online.

Existing, Paid-Up Life Insurance Policies
It is possible to make a gift of an existing paid up policy by transferring the ownership to the College of Charleston Foundation.

Employer Provided or Board Sponsored Life Insurance
Some donors have chosen to name the College of Charleston Foundation as the beneficiary of life insurance policies that have been provided by their employers or as a benefit for service on a board.

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Gifts that Pay Income

Charitable Gift Annuity
A gift annuity is a simple contract. The donor makes a gift to the Foundation. In return for the gift, the Foundation promises to pay a fixed dollar amount to the donor, and if applicable, the donor’s spouse, for life. The gift property may be cash or stock. The payout rates are determined by the age(s) of the donor and if applicable, the donor’s spouse.

Charitable Remainder Trust
A charitable remainder trust is similar to a charitable gift annuity. The donor makes a gift into a charitable trust created by the donor’s attorney. The donor decides who receives income from the trust and for how long. When the trust terminates, the remainder is distributed to one or more charities named by the donor. Charitable remainder trusts are frequently funded with highly appreciated assets because of the tax benefits.

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Gifts that Protect or Preserve Assets

Gift of Home or Farm with a Retained Life Estate
It is possible to make a gift of one’s home while keeping the right to live in it for life. The donor receives an immediate income tax deduction and continues to occupy and maintain the house. When the donor passes away, the house becomes the property of the charity.

Charitable Lead Trust
In this type of arrangement, a donor makes a gift into a trust. The income payments are made to a charity, such as the College of Charleston Foundation, for a certain designated period of time. At the end of the chosen period, the trust principal passes to either 1) the donor, or 2) to certain other designated individuals, usually family. This trust is quite useful in transferring wealth to successive generations but it is not tax exempt. Knowledgeable legal counsel is critical in establishing a charitable lead trust.

Life Insurance
Donors may give new or existing policies to the College of Charleston Foundation. The Foundation typically becomes the owner and beneficiary of the policies. If the Foundation is the owner of the policy, the donor may make tax gifts to the Foundation for the purpose of paying the premiums.

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Naming the College as a Beneficiary

How
College of Charleston Foundation
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
(843) 953-1835
TAX ID: 23-7069236

Where beneficiaries can be named
You can name the College as a beneficiary in: a will or trust; IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other retirement account; POD (pay on death) or TOD (transfer on death) bank or brokerage account; or life insurance policy.

Instructions
Please record in writing how the gift should be used, and either let the Foundation know or else include your wishes with your estate documents.

Gift Acknowledgement
We would like to thank you, either by name or anonymously. Please let us know of your intentions and your instructions.

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How to Give

Thank you for your interest in supporting Boundless: The Campaign for the College of Charleston. Contact us if you would like a member of the staff to talk with you about a particular type of gift.

Give by Credit Card

A gift made online is the quickest way to support the College. Gifts made via credit or debit cards with American Express, Discover, Mastercard or Visa allow you to receive full tax benefits.

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Give by Check

Gifts of cash, including checks, can be sent to:

College of Charleston Foundation
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424-0001

or personally delivered to the Development Office at the Wilson-Sottile House on campus.

Gifts of Stock

To make a gift of stock or appreciated securities, please follow our stock transfer instructions. To make a wire transfer of funds, please follow wire transaction instructions. IMPORTANT: Please be sure to contact Debye Alderman in our Finance Department at aldermanda@cofc.edu or 843.953.7458 to notify that a wire transaction has been executed so that we may properly credit the transaction.

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Join the #RacetotheFinish!

Oozeball may have ended in 2008, but the scholarship that it funded is still being

Oozeball may have ended in 2008, but the scholarship that it funded is still being awarded today! Help us reach our 10,000 alumni donor goal as we #RacetotheFinish of the BOUNDLESS campaign! Make your gift today and be counted among the 10,000!

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Join the #Racetothefinish!

Who remembers the rain storm and chaos of Graduation 2007? This was also the last

Who remembers the rain storm and chaos of Graduation 2007? This was also the last year the College hosted only one spring graduation ceremony (I guess I see why!).

Many things have changed since 2007 but the core of the College will always remain the same. Giving back helps to preserve our traditions. Make your gift today to the College of Charleston Fund to help ensure future graduates have the same opportunities for amazing graduation memories. Be counted among the 10,000 and join the #RacetotheFinish!

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Looking back on a GOLD Society donor’s finish at the Boston Marathon

With the 120th running of the Boston Marathon this month, we are taking a moment

With the 120th running of the Boston Marathon this month, we are taking a moment to look back on last year’s race when alum Chris Bailey ’12 and ’15 was making his final preparations for the 2015 Boston Marathon. Bailey’s personal goal for the marathon, to finish the 26.2 mile race in less than 2 hours and 30 minutes.

For some this may sound tremendously challenging, but for Bailey who had just won the Charleston Half Marathon three months earlier and set a new course and personal record at the 2014 Wrightsville Beach Marathon finishing with a time of 2 hours and 28 minutes, this goal was feasible.

Bailey grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and began running cross country during his sophomore year of high school. Cross country appealed to him as it provided the camaraderie of a team, the opportunity to get outside more, and it was a sport that if you worked hard you could see improvement. It wasn’t until he broke his foot his junior year that Bailey realized how important running was in his life, and he came back from his injury stronger than ever before. Not long after his injury, Bailey took a trip to Isle of Palms, S.C., for spring break where he ran the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K for the first time, finishing in less than 35 minutes and capturing the attention of coaches at CofC.

At the College of Charleston, Bailey joined the Honors College majoring in International Business and Spanish. He was a member of the cross country team and helped to make the CofC men’s cross country team a contender in the Southern Conference. He graduated with the school record for 8k cross country (now held by Mackenzie Johnston ’15) and was named an Academic All-American.

Bailey continued his education at the College, graduating with a dual master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Public Administration. During his time as a graduate student, he served as a volunteer assistant for the Academic Magnet High School cross country and track teams, working under head coach Brian Johnson who was his coach while he was running for CofC. His passion for CofC and running hasn’t stopped; he currently works as the Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing in the Honors College, is a GOLD Society donor, and owns a franchise in Charleston, S.C. called Without Limits that coaches runners from middle-school age to adults in their 60’s.

According to Bailey, running The Boston Marathon in 2015 lived up to every expectation he had. Although the weather was gloomy, spectators lined the streets along the entire 26.2 mile course and he was able to see professional women and men start the race since he was in the first corral of runners. Bailey finished the race just shy of his goal, with a time of 2 hours and 31 minutes, impressively finishing 91st in the overall race and the first finisher from South Carolina. Although this year an injury prevented him from running in the marathon, he watched closely as some of the runners he coaches were taking in the experience for themselves.

republished and adapted with permission from The College Today

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Spring Commencement Speakers Announced

The College of Charleston has announced the speakers for the upcoming Spring   Commencement ceremonies on

The College of Charleston has announced the speakers for the upcoming Spring   Commencement ceremonies on May 6 and 7, 2016. This year the speakers are:

  • Deborah Lee James, United States Air Force Secretary
  • The Honorable Michael Luttig, Executive Vice President of the Boeing Company
  • Mike Couick, President and CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

Deborah Lee James is currently the 23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force located in Washington D.C. She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of its nearly 664,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian Airmen and their families. She also oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $139 billion. Deborah James will speak at the graduation ceremony on May 6, which begins at 4:00 p.m.

Michael Luttig is the current Executive Vice President and general counsel of The Boeing Company, where he is responsible for leading the Boeing Law Department across the company. Prior to joining Boeing, Luttig served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for 15 years; being the youngest federal appeals court judge in the country when he was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1991. The Honorable Michael Luttig will speak at the graduation ceremony on May 6, which begins at 7:00 p.m.

Mike Couick is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. where he oversees the operations of the largest electric distribution system in the state of South Carolina (more than 1.4 million South Carolinians in 46 counties use electricity from electric cooperatives). Since joining the electric cooperatives, Couick has initiated dialogues with state and national environmental groups, forged alliances with investor-owned utilities that lowered costs to co-op consumers by more than $1.5 billion, and helped design the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). Mike Couick will speak at the graduation ceremony on May 7, which begins at 4:00pm.

For more information about the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies held in the Cistern Yard, visit the CofC Commencement Information Website.

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1770 and GOLD Societies Annual Donor Appreciation Reception

On Friday, April 8 nearly 250 guests attended the 1770 and GOLD Societies annual donor

On Friday, April 8 nearly 250 guests attended the 1770 and GOLD Societies annual donor appreciation reception at the Francis Marion hotel.  This year’s event featured the International Scholars Program, which is a collaboration between the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and the Honors College made possible by the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust.  Each year the program seeks to recruit 10 nationally competitive students to the College of Charleston who are interested in a globally-focused career.  Students in the program major in International Studies and a second major of their choice and are required to be intermediately proficient in a second language.  There are currently 39 students participating in the program and six of them have won nationally competitive awards so far.

During the evening, attendees had the opportunity to hear from two of these exceptional students. Derek Berry ’16 is a native of Aiken, South Carolina. He has studied abroad in both Cuba and Germany, and has also published a book and poetry chapbook. Derek spoke passionately about his experiences in and out of the classroom in Germany. Polina Aleshina ’16 is a Russian immigrant raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Polina is also a Huge Scholar and has studied abroad in France, The Netherlands, and Germany. Polina shared her touching story about her family immigrating to America. Both Derek and Polina expressed their gratitude to all of the loyal supporters of the College of Charleston for making their experiences of studying in Charleston and abroad possible.

To view pictures from the evening please click here! (Note: This link will take you to an external, ad-supported site.)

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Meet Shekinah!

Shekinah Patterson understands the importance of philanthropy at the College of Charleston and the value

Shekinah Patterson understands the importance of philanthropy at the College of Charleston and the value of education.  A senior Sociology major at the College and a Johns Island native, she plans to stay in the classroom by becoming a certified Elementary School Teacher.  This experience is inline of her goals to pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Leadership to become a principal.  Graduating and transitioning from student to proud CofC alumna in just a few short weeks, she has benefited from her liberal arts education, made possible by her hard work and the scholarship which she receives.

As a scholarship recipient, Shekinah knows firsthand how donations to the College play in her own success and in the success of others.  “Thanks to the generosity of donors, students here at the College of Charleston, including myself, are given the opportunity to attend the College, without a financial burden, and access to a world-class education,” Shekinah says. And she communicates this message almost nightly.  Shekinah is a Cougar Caller at the College of Charleston’s Cougar Call Center and calls alumni, parents and friends to ask for donations, and she has been quite successful.  Over the past three months, she has raised over $3,500 to support scholarships, like the one she receives, and to ensure the College can continue to thrive.  Beyond receiving philanthropic support, she understands the importance of giving back, too.

In addition to her work in the Cougar Call Center, she is a Executive Board member of Committed to Charleston, a student organization which promotes philanthropy and encourages students to give to the College. Shekinah helps educate her fellow students on giving and how even moderate gifts, like the ones most students can afford, go a long way.  “These opportunities have allowed me to be a vital factor in fundraising for the College’s Boundless Campaign,” Shekinah says. “I’m proud of the work that I’ve done to help demonstrate the importance of philanthropy to countless alumni, students, and friends.” From educating others about philanthropy to educating students in a classroom, Shekinah’s College of Charleston experience will stick with her for a lifetime.

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Boundless Opportunities Help First-Generation Student Break New Ground

It was cold, dark and rainy, but Meagan Dunham’s heart was as warm as it

It was cold, dark and rainy, but Meagan Dunham’s heart was as warm as it could be at the public launch of the College’s BOUNDLESS comprehensive campaign in November 2014. Speaking to the 400+ members of the College community gathered in the Cistern Yard that night, she felt a sense of hope and possibility – a sense of confidence she’d never had before.

“That was a groundbreaking moment for me. The impact I was making finally hit me,” says the junior, who spoke to the crowd that night about what scholarships have meant to her. “Looking out at all those people listening to what I had to say, I realized that what I said and did mattered. It was amazing. It really made me realize my potential – that I can go as far as I want to go and accomplish whatever I put my mind to.”

In high school back home in Marion, S.C., Dunham put her mind to going to college to study public health.

“I always liked school, and I always wanted to go to college – I just wanted to do something that was right for me,” she says. “I am the first person in my family to go to college, though, and I didn’t want to put the financial burden on my mom. I was so focused on the financial part of it – I just didn’t know if I could make it happen.”

But Dunham worked hard on her grades and her extracurricular activities (mostly community service), and – with the help of the Upward Bound Program – she applied for and was granted both a Pell Grant and a Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship to go to the College of Charleston. As a first generation college student, she was also eligible to apply to the ROAR Scholars Program, which provides workshops and academic support to keep first-generation students on track for graduation.

Even with all the support, though, Dunham wasn’t sure she could hack it: She hadn’t factored in the cost of books and daily life, and she was going to have to take on multiple jobs in order to make it work.

“For the first two weeks on campus, I couldn’t focus on classes. I was so stressed out about finances, I couldn’t even focus enough to read my syllabi,” says the public health major. “When you’re stressed out about your financial means, you can’t focus on anything else. You can’t target your focus. All I could think about was how I could juggle two work-study jobs, a job somewhere on King Street and classes; how I was going to miss out on the whole college experience; how I wasn’t going to be able to go home for breaks because I’d have to be working. It was a lot to think about.”

She didn’t have to think long, though. Two weeks into her college career, Dunham was accepted into the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program, granting her an additional $20,000 scholarship over four years, and received the James E. Clyburn/Rudolph Canzater Foundation Scholarship ($1,000, with the College granting a 2-to-1 matching scholarship).

“Those two scholarships changed everything,” says Dunham. “One minute I was worrying about paying for books and trying to figure out how to fit in jobs, and the next all I had to worry about was my education. It was amazing. It took so much stress off of me. I was able to focus on what is important – my education and my classes.”

And that’s exactly what she did – and continues to do.

“I don’t slack off,” she says. “I know how lucky I am to have these scholarships. And everyone in my family is so excited for me. They really want this for me. They’re all rooting for me, so that makes me push so much harder.”

“Meagan is a hard worker, shows a great deal of interest in the subject matter and is well regarded by her peers,” agrees Paul Gangarosa, Dunham’s mentor and an adjunct professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance. “She is a pleasure to have in class and consistently exceeds my expectations. I feel better knowing that she is the next generation of public health professionals.”

Indeed, Dunham’s future in public health is wide open, which, she says, is something that Gangarosa helped her realize.

“Dr. G. taught me basically that you can do whatever you want in this field – you just have to make it happen. And, with the resources and connections and tools he gives you to succeed, you can make it happen,” says Dunham, who hopes to go to Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health upon graduating from the College. “He showed me that public health is a boundless field – you just need the education toback it up.”

And, thanks to a few scholarships and the support of the College, Dunham is certainly getting the education to back up her goals.

“Since I’ve been here, making connections from class to class, I’ve realized that those connections really do make a whole education. That’s what is meant by a liberal arts education,” she says. “That’s what makes you a global student. And I think that’s important in life – you have to think roundly.”

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On the Rise: How Philanthropy Lifted One Student to the Top

Growing up as a first-generation American in Columbia, S.C., and spending three years in her

Growing up as a first-generation American in Columbia, S.C., and spending three years in her parents’ native Nigeria, Sophia Emetu knows how important it is to have the support of others. She has seen how hard life can be, how much we rely on others’ generosity and help and, ultimately, how far we can go when we put in the effort.

And, with the help of the RISE Scholarship, she knows there are no limits to what she can do.
“Getting the RISE Scholarship means that I have the chance to prove that I’m worth believing in,” says Emetu, the inaugural recipient of the four-year needs-based Honors College scholarship. “It means that someone else believes that a small girl like me has a lot of potential.”

Emetu’s potential is clear to alumni Ben ’02 and Sara DeWolf ’02, who established the RISE Endowed Scholarship Fund last year. That gift has since prompted four other substantial gifts for the scholarship, which is (R)ecognizing (I)ntelligence, (S)trength and (E)ngagement, as its name specifies.

“The idea is to give access to education for really outstanding, motivated students who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to go to the Honors College,” says Ben DeWolf, a portfolio manager at Tower Research Capital, who regularly hires CofC graduates at his hedge fund. “A more educated population is good for everyone.”

“Part of education is learning about people who are different from you,” says Sara DeWolf, an Honors College graduate who is now a member of the Honors Advisory Board. “We’re helping provide a more diverse experience for students by giving them a wider range of perspectives to interact with.”
Emetu can appreciate the value in expanding your perspective.

“I learned so much from Nigeria. My time there changed my life, it gave me a whole other perspective, and it was there that I finally began to fully appreciate life,” she says, adding that, while “being part of two very different cultures is not an easy task, I feel fortunate to take what’s best from both cultures. I am glad I have the mix because I really get to think about what I want to do. I am not constrained to one side, if that makes sense.”

Not that Emetu really needs to think about it: She knows she wants to help people.

“For a long time I’ve wished that I could make a positive impact on someone, but I was always too shy. Now that I have others believing in me, though, I know I can help others and give back as much as possible,” says Emetu, who plans to study biochemistry and then go to medical school to become a pediatrician. But first she wants to experience “the many opportunities here at the College. I don’t just want to learn: I want my knowledge to expand on a myriad of levels. I want to do things that will leave all the support people in my life with a legacy for others to follow.”

She hopes, too, to be a role model for her four younger siblings.

“I hope that I showed them that education is important and hard work is the only thing that pays off,” says Emetu, noting that one of her favorite quotes is a Paul Brandt lyric: Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. “Coming to the College hopefully showed them that nothing is a limit. I want to set the bar as high as I can to encourage them that they can do even better. Most of all, I hope that I showed them that you have to go by hope, not by sight. After all, that’s what got me into Charleston in the first place!”

That, and the DeWolf’s generosity, of course.

“To be honest, I probably wouldn’t have been able to come to the College if it weren’t for this scholarship,” says Emetu. “The College was my first choice, but we needed to make sure it was the best, and the DeWolfs affirmed that for us, not only economically, but overall. So, thanks to them, I am now attending my top choice.”

But, Emetu stresses, “the scholarship is more than just money to me. The moral support I receive from the DeWolfs is overwhelming. The first night my family and I met them, there was an instant connection, and I feel like I have become a part of another family.”

“We really want to be supportive in whatever way we can – not just financially,” says Sara DeWolf, who also serves as a mentor with the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. “It’s just as much an investment in our alma mater as it is in the individual recipient – although, of course, we’re so lucky and honored to be a part of Sophia’s individual education.”

“The empowerment that the DeWolfs give me is what will last in my heart,” says Emetu. “Because no matter what trials I face during the school year, I can still count on the enormous amount of support from my family, the College and the DeWolfs.”

With that kind of support, she knows she is going to go far and that she’ll continue to climb higher and higher. After all, now that she’s at the College, the sky is hardly the limit!

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Scholarship Recipient Finds Boundless Opportunities at the College of Charleston

A recipient of the Samuel Freeman Trust Scholarship, Samantha Brophy feels fortunate to have so

A recipient of the Samuel Freeman Trust Scholarship, Samantha Brophy feels fortunate to have so many doors open to her.

“My scholarship has given me many opportunities,” says the Bluffton, S.C., native. “I chose College of Charleston because it is so beautiful and the weather is great. The atmosphere here is relaxed, yet not too relaxed. If makes you feel like … you are a part of something important.”

Brophy is certainly part of something important – in fact, she’s part of a few important things: She is a member of the Student Government Association and vice president of the Unitarian Universalist Club, and she volunteers with Project Playground at Memminger Elementary School.

“I enjoy working with kids who have special needs,” says Brophy, who majors in psychology and minors in Spanish. “I chose psychology as my major because I have always found it to be interesting,” she says. “I thought the psychology major would open a lot of doors for me.”

Brophy is leaving her doors open for the future, but she would like to join the Peace Corps or to attend graduate school for either occupational therapy or human rights when she finishes her undergraduate work at the College.

In the meantime, Brophy is grateful just to be at the College of Charleston.

“Thank you so much,” she says to her donor. “We need more people like you in this world that are so giving and encouraging of education!”

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Banking On Opportunity

Chenele Jackson ’87 was struggling to make ends meet. At 31, the newly single mother

Chenele Jackson ’87 was struggling to make ends meet. At 31, the newly single mother to three daughters was determined to set an example to her girls as the first college graduate in her family, but she couldn’t do it alone.

When the N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) waived her daughter’s tuition, it helped – a lot – but not enough to keep her afloat.

“I have to take care of my family first,” she told a professor who’d found her crying outside of a Maybank Hall classroom.

Her voice breaks when she recalls what happened next: “I got a note saying I’d been selected for a scholarship that paid for tuition and books. It was life changing.”

Jackson would be OK. She’d graduate, and – thanks to her commercial real estate professor, Perry Woodside, now a professor emeritus in the School of Business and a member of its Board of Governors – start working at the Charlotte-based N.C. National Bank Corporation.

“The College directly shaped my career, my development and my opportunities,” says Jackson, a consultant with Wells Fargo’s Corporate Finance, Shared Service Accounting organization.

That’s why she’s given to the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, the College of Charleston Fund and ECDC annually for some 17 years. Jackson has been a BOUNDLESS supporter, most recently making a planned gift toward the ECDC tuition for the child of a single mother who is a first-generation college student.

As she says, “Much is given, much is expected. I’m just doing my part.”

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