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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.

Thomas Memorial Alumni Scholar Barrett Hawkins

An Investment in the Future

Senior Barrett Hawkins and Hilton Head oncologist Gary Thomas ’83 share a love of medicine. Both are problem-solvers and enjoy figuring out the very best path forward for a patient. Read story »

Boeing Scholar Jason Cohen

Ready for takeoff

At the College, opportunities to soar to new heights are everywhere – especially if you’re one of the seven students who Boeing has taken under its wing. Read story »


Leaving a legacy

“Our hope is to inspire others who are passionate about the College to reach out and fully explore the various options available to them that will impact generations to come.” Read story »


Providing vital financial-need scholarships

2012 scholarship recipient Elizabeth Burdette traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, discovering a passion for women's rights just as Margaret “Peggy” Kanapaux Sullivan. Read story »

Brandon Murray

Establishing a champion

For Brandon Murray, every base he steals, every fly ball he catches and every home run he pops over the fence – it’s all made possible with help from a CofC scholarship. Read story »

Ciganovic family

Remembering Matthew

Following the sudden, unexpected passing of their son, the Ciganovics commemorated their son with the Matthew Scott Ciganovic Endowed Memorial Scholarship. Read story »

Mallen Urso

Look out, Washington D.C.

Mallen Urso, CofC Fund Scholarship recipient, has already worked on several major political campaigns. Read story »

Vikki Bernotski

Planned gift allows Vikki Bernotski to study classics

The Vests established an endowed scholarship to honor Lucia's parents, who instilled in them a love of the classics. Read story »

Jan Gambardella

Campus Leader

Jan Gambardella's life has been defined by the Student Alumni Association. Read story »

David Cohen

Preserving the library

Former Dean of Libraries, David Cohen, and his wife Claudia are leaving a legacy of intellectual vitality through the library. Read story »

Larry and Elly Powers

Setting the stage

Larry and Elly Powers inspire a generation through the Powers Dance Studio. Read story »

Ted and Alva Stern

The Stern Legacy

Former CofC President supports scholarships and the Addleston Library. Read story »

Swanson Scholars

Swanson Scholars

Steve ’89 and Emily Molony Swanson ’89 know that what you get out of an education depends on what you put in. Read story »


Tony Meyer

“The accomplishments of students are the utmost measure of our legacy.” 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 »