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Impact Stories

Learn more about some of the remarkable students and faculty who have benefited from your gifts. And discover the stories behind the people whose gifts have contributed to shaping the College of Charleston’s future.


Department of Defense Scholarship Sets Junior Math Major Up for Success

Junior Courtney Beckham was awarded the Department of Defense SMART Scholarship, which secures tuition funding for her final two years of school and a job for her first two years upon graduation. Read story »


Alumna Creates the College’s First Residential Scholarship

Arguably the most beloved residence hall at the College of Charleston, College Lodge has played an important role in the college experience for generations of its residents. It certainly did for Kristen Faretra Bowden ’95, who has created the 402 Scholarship to celebrate College Lodge and to help deserving students who live there. Named for Bowden’s old room number, the scholarship is the first residential scholarship in the College’s history. Read story »


Commitment for the Future

Hilda Debacker, a much-admired professor emeritus of neuro-anatomy at MUSC, is honoring her late husband and supporting CofC students with the Rene and Hilda Debacker Endowed Scholarship, a legacy commitment to the College of Charleston. Read story »


An Inspiring Legacy

A week after Alison Piepmeier passed away, people came forth to create the Alison Piepmeier Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a full-time student majoring or minoring in women’s and gender studies who has demonstrated a record of feminist activism and leadership. Read story »


Travel Award Provides Priceless Opportunities

School of Humanities and Social Sciences alumna Jessica Fisher ’96 established the Fisher Parker Travel Fund to assist students who wish to pursue internships or coursework outside the greater Charleston area, including study abroad. She created the award to commemorate her relationship with her sister, Meg Parker, and to fulfill their shared vision of helping students pursue the dreams that they’d thought were financially out of reach. Read story »


Scholarships Offer Student a World of Discovery

Growing up, Quinten Meadors could best be described as inquisitive. Always asking his mother how and why things worked eventually led Meadors to pursue a degree in biology at the College of Charleston. In the future, Meadors hopes to pursue a degree in emergency medicine and open his own clinic to make health care available in underserved and disadvantaged communities. Read story »


Every Drop Counts

Eugene and Rose Gangarosa believe in getting a head start. They know how important it is to begin early. They’ve seen how much can be accomplished when you have a strong lead. It is, they say, amazing how far you can go when you start from the beginning. Read story »


The Dr. Andrew and Josephine Lewis Scholarship opens up opportunities for African American students

Andrew Lewis Sr. and his wife Josephine created the newly endowed Dr. Andrew and Josephine Lewis Endowed Scholarship for the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance (EHHP). Read story »


Jennings Lab Inspires Through Experience

The Jennings family has a long history of commitment to the College of Charleston. The late Earle D. Jennings taught at the College for 40 years (1926–1966), rising from assistant professor to professor and eventually to dean of the College. His love for the College and his zest for inspiring young scientist and students lives on through his son, Earle D. Jennings Jr. ’56, and daughter-in-law, Jane Jennings, who funded the Earle D. Jennings Laboratory in the School of Science and Mathematics. Read story »


Renaissance Man John Rivers’ Lasting Legacy at the College

John Minott Rivers Jr. has supported the College of Charleston for nearly three decades. Although his alma mater is the University of North Carolina, Rivers has an honorary degree from the College as well as a Founders’ Medal. Most importantly, his multifaceted and generous giving to the College has changed not only the lives of countless students but also the face of campus. Read story »


Continued Commitment to the Success of Theatre Students

Former faculty member Allen Lyndrup and his beloved wife Ann have been longtime supporters of the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre and Dance. They are committed to strengthening the programs and opportunities the department provides its students. Read story »


How a Scholarship Made a Dream Come True

When her family moved to the Charleston area during her junior year of high school, Carissa Jenkins felt she was destined to go to the College of Charleston. It was love at first sight. She hopes to earn her Certified Public Accounting license and would one day like to pay it forward. Read story »


Scholarship Shows Alumnus’ Faith in the CofC Experience

Because of his deep affinity for his College of Charleston experience and his gratitude to the donor who supported him, Jerry Polis ’62 and his wife Beth created and endowed the Gerald and Beth Polis Scholarship. Read story »


The Path to Success

Ka’Dedra Andrea Creech didn’t know when she was going to get her next meal. She didn’t know how she was going to wash her clothes. She was starting to wonder if she could stay in college. And then she received the J. Gorman ’43 and Gladys Thomas Alumni Scholarship. Read story »


Kenan Family Endowed Investment Program Award

A strong partnership between College of Charleston faculty and alumni like Frank Kenan ’05 can make a great impact on campus. Read story »


Community Leader Extends the Gift of Inspiration to Generations of Change Agents

A unique scholarship program at the College of Charleston is helping a group of high-achieving young women develop leadership skills and to advocate for important community causes and social issues. Read story »


New Scholarship Honors Educator and Legislator

Former state representative Floyd Breeland has always had a role in education. He worked in the field of education as a teacher, principal and administrator in the public school system for 33 years and has been advocating for education in Charleston for more than five decades. Read story »

Boeing brings farm-to-school

Boeing partnered with the College of Charleston to bring a farm-to-school program to Mitchell Elementary in North Charleston. Watch video on our YouTube channel »