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Gift Planning at South Carolina

Personal Donor Stories

We thank all our gift planning donors for their foresight and generous support. Read their stories and watch their videos below to learn more.

Read Their Stories

Elaine Schupp

Elaine Schupp
Elaine Schupp was thrilled when she was named the youngest winner in a Charleston News & Courier contest to publish a guest-written column while the newspaper's regular columnist was on vacation. Read More

Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown
Eddie Brown is a champion of the average student because he once was one. Read More

Lee Pearson

Lee Pearson
Lee Pearson’s great-grandfather was a public health pioneer in the early 1900s and the inspiration for Lee’s own professional path. Read More

Ed Littleton

Ed Littleton
Ed Littleton graduated from USC in 1985 but had to move to Texas to reconnect with his alma mater. Read More

Scott Blackmon and his wife

Scott Blackmon
Scott Blackmon’s legacy gift is a way to give something back in appreciation for the education that launched his long and successful career. Read More

John Troutman

John Troutman
John Troutman, '63, recognized the value of his USC education throughout his career and has been a generous benefactor to Carolina for years. Read More

Stephen M. Brown

Stephen M. Brown
Stephen M. Brown was obsessed with doing everything he possibly could while attending USC, and those opportunities helped prepare him for his career. Read More

Rochelle Gomez Edwards

Rochelle Gomez EdwardsThere are ways to remember a loved one while at the same time establishing an educational legacy at USC. Read More

Bernard Banks

Bernard Banks
Bernard and Bonnie Banks' family history has given the couple a deeper appreciation for the importance of education and the possibilities it brings. Read More

Edwin Jones

Edwin “Rudy” Jones
Although officially retired, Edwin “Rudy” Jones still teaches an occasional course, in addition to doing giving a gift to keep a Carolina education within reach for students. Read More

Jessica Kross

Jessica Kross
Jessica Kross’ love of libraries took root in her childhood when she breathed her first whiff of the papery ambience of a Carnegie library in upstate New York, so when the retired Carolina history professor decided to give back to the University, she designated a planned gift to the University Libraries. Read More

Linda Lisi

Linda Lisi
Linda Lisi has lived all over the United States—New York, Illinois, Colorado and California—but she and her golden retriever, Gracie, have settled down in Sun City, South Carolina, next door to USC Beaufort's Hilton Head Gateway campus and put down roots. Read More

Robert Ariail

Robert Ariail
Robert Ariail, '55, English, got his first telescope in the second grade and spent the next 50 years exploring the nighttime skies as an amateur astronomer. Read More

Larry Nichols

Larry Nichols
Larry Nichols bleeds garnet, which is why he’s so successful in recruiting students to Carolina from Statesville, North Carolina, where he now lives. Read More

David Corvette

David Corvette
David Corvette’s career has taken him around the world, and now that he’s back in the Palmetto State, the former Carolina Scholar has rekindled his passion for the university. Read More

The Marvins and the Matthews

The Marvins and the Matthews
What's your passion? Support it for generations to come through deferred giving options that allow you to designate the purpose of your gift. Read More

John and Dodie Knight

John and Dodie Knight
Native New Mexican John Knight, '79, paid for his Carolina education by selling Native American jewelry during a span of four summers in the 1970s. Read More

Jim Copenhaver

Jim Copenhaver
USC Marching Band Director Jim Copenhaver inspired thousands of students and entertained hundreds of thousands of Carolina fans throughout his long career at USC. But that’s not his only legacy. Read More

Manny and Betty Gaetan

Manny and Betty Gaetán
When Manny Gaetán moved to Columbia in 1970, he quickly discovered how valuable USC could be to his professional career. Read More

C.B. and Dona Smith

C.B. and Dona Smith
C.B. Smith has been a strong supporter of the school, the university and its athletics programs since graduating from the USC School of Law in 1970. Read More

Joan Squires

Joan Squires
Joan Squires grew up watching Carolina basketball, but rarely had time to go to the games when she was a USC student. Read More

Edwin Pearlstine

Edwin Pearlstine
Edwin Pearlstine attended the "other" Carolina, but this diehard Gamecock proves that earning a degree from Carolina is not a prerequisite to joining the Garnet & Black fraternity of fans at Williams-Brice Stadium. Read More

Bert Storey

Bert Storey
It's been nearly 60 years since Bert Storey earned a degree in civil engineering at Carolina, but he's definitely in tune with America's current need to produce more engineering graduates. Read More

William C. Schmidt Jr.

William C. "Bill" Schmidt Jr.
William C. "Bill" Schmidt Jr.’s natural curiosity and passion for history has inspired an extraordinarily valuable and interesting collection of antique stock and bond certificates, which will one day benefit USC. Read More

Jimmy and Patti Addison

Jimmy, '82, '83 MACC, and Patti, '82, Addison
Ever since graduating in accounting from Carolina, Jimmy and Patti Addison have been solid supporters of the Moore School of Business. Read More

Everett Summerall

Everett Summerall, '64, '74 MM
Everett Summerall's father was a farmer by trade but his true calling was opera. The elder Summerall instilled his passion for music in Everett, who turned his love of music into a career. Read More

H. Thorp Minister

H. Thorp Minister III, ’81
H. Thorp Minister always wanted to do something for Carolina, and providing for his young daughter’s future with life insurance showed him how. Read More

Carol and Michael Smith

Carol and Michael, '81 MBA, Smith
Carol and Michael Smith invested their professional careers at the University of South Carolina—now they're investing in the institution in a different way to benefit future students and faculty. Read More

Frances Black Farmer

Frances Black Farmer, '32
When Frances Black Farmer graduated from the School of Journalism, the Great Depression was in full swing and students wrote their assignments on typewriters. How times have changed. Read More

Wayne and Carolyn Polston

Wayne, '75, and Carolyn, '74, '75 MS, Polston
Attending USC is a family tradition for the Polstons—and a source of many happy memories. And their wise planning will provide future Carolina students with the same experience. Read More

Irwin From

Irwin From
Irwin From likes the idea of building on something important to his family, which is why he’s continuing the legacy of supporting scholarships that honor his grandparents and parents. Read More

Earl and Sherry Whatley

Earl and Sherry, '75 MS Ed, Whatley
Earl and Sherry Whatley feel strongly about supporting South Carolina's future educators in the College of Education. After all, the college was the launch pad for the couple’s own successful education careers. Read More

Lolly, '42, and Frank Dana
Lolly and Frank Dana's first gift to University Libraries had an immediate impact: a handsome set of John Audubon's Birds of America. Their second gift is benefiting the couple before ultimately supporting USC. Read More

Watch Their Videos

Roger Nanney

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