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President James P. Clements applauds as Class of 1964 member Doug Richardson presents a $1.046 million gift for scholarships and the Academic Success Center. Students Abby Holcombe and Parker Leyland spoke at the event as recipients of help from the center.
President James P. Clements applauds as Class of 1964 member Doug Richardson presents a $1.046 million gift for scholarships and the Academic Success Center. Students Abby Holcombe and Parker Leyland spoke at the event as recipients of help from the center.
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CLEMSON — The Clemson University Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th anniversary reunionby presenting $1.046 million to the university. This brings the total of gifts by the class members over the last 50 years to almost $16 million.


“The new gift of over $1 million will be dedicated to creating an endowment for scholarships for worthy students who need the financial aid to attend the university,” said Class of 1964 Golden Anniversary Project committee chairman Walter Cox. “A portion of the gift will be used to fund the Academic Success Center needs and programs. The Class of 1964 wanted to make a difference in student lives.”


The $500,000 Class of 1964 Scholarship Endowment will provide several university-wide scholarships each year for students who might not otherwise be able to attend Clemson. The aim, according to the project committee, is to build a cultivated work force, provide financial assistance in line with top-20 institutions and attract the best students who, in turn, attract the best faculty.


The other $500,000 will go to support the Class of 1956 Academic Success Center and its Dr. Ted G. Westoreland ASC Success Program, whose mission is to empower undergraduate students to achieve their academic goals by providing opportunities to enhance student learning, academic success and personal growth.


The plans to use the gift include offering Internet-based tutoring, workshops and supplemental instruction sessions. They will let the Academic Success Center offer more support hours, reach out to students taking online courses and reach students who are studying across campus or at home. The endowment also will help the center integrate technology into its services, offering new methods for students to engage and learn.


“With this gift, the Class of 1964 has made a difference for Clemson University and for all future generations of Clemson students,” said President James P. Clements. “It will help Clemson to remain competitive for the best students, regardless of financial need, and give them the tools they need to succeed once they enroll here.”


The gift is part of the $1 billion The Will to Lead capital campaign.


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