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Scholarship Honors Professor’s Legacy

By John Stabinger
Posted on 3 January 2020 | 5:43 pm — 

“We’re just wild about Harry” was the phrase in the mind and hearts of nearly 300 friends and former students of Harry W. Freeman ’43 in establishing an endowed scholarship upon his retirement from the College in 1990. The sentiment also served as the theme for the gathering – where the new scholarship was announced – to honor his 39 years of service to the College.

“Anyone who was lucky enough to have had Dr. Freeman as a teacher remembers him as a special person, the quintessential professor and one who will be deeply honored if the scholarship drive is successful,” says James Smiley, then-chair of the department of biology.

The drive’s success is indisputable, as nearly $150,000 was raised toward the original $100,000 goal. As a distinguished professor and chair of biology as well as past president of the Alumni Association, it’s only appropriate that Freeman’s scholarship supports both areas.

The scholarship, awarded by the Alumni Association, pays tribute to his unwavering loyalty to the College and is available to relatives of alumni. John C. Duane ’94, son of John P. Duane Jr. ’57 and Ann Wulbern Duane ’60, was selected as the inaugural recipient. After graduating from the College, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and was selected as the 2014 Assistant U.S. Attorney of the Year, Charleston Division. He is now senior counsel at Motley Rice LLC.

Learn more about the scholarship.

Guide to Giving

By John Stabinger
Posted on 22 November 2019 | 4:45 pm — 

As a donor to the College of Charleston, you have the power to enrich the academic environment, personalize the experience and shape the future for more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Thanks in part to private philanthropy, more than two-thirds of our students receive scholarships or financial aid support. With tuition dollars covering approximately one-third of the real cost of a College of Charleston undergraduate education, your philanthropic dollars are critical to student success.

2019 Donor Digest

By John Stabinger
Posted on 21 October 2019 | 5:42 pm — 

At the College of Charleston, service is a unifying value for our community – alumni and friends serve the College through generosity and advocacy to ensure its wellbeing, the College serves its students to effectively prepare them for life after graduation, and our students ultimately serve their respective communities both now and after they leave campus.

When you have more than 300 senior citizens passionate about lifelong learning, like at the College of Charleston’s Center for Creative Retirement (CCR), it’s only natural that a scholarship for younger students would emerge.

In its 25th year, CCR is composed of a diverse group of seniors who share an enthusiasm for education. This self-governing group holds weekly meetings throughout the academic year and offers field trips to historical and cultural sites.

In 2004, CCR established the Center for Creative Retirement Scholarship. Today, it provides $5,000 a year in scholarships to students studying gerontology at CofC.

“With our growing aging population, it’s important that we recognize students who are focusing on the gerontology discipline,” says Jean Marterre, chair of the CCR scholarship committee. “In fact, it would be great to see a gerontology major or even a minor at the College.”

Kylie Vorhis, represents the 19th student to receive the gerontology scholarship. Vorhis, a sociology major and psychology minor, has taken two gerontology-related courses, works with respite care and conducts home visits for a life-care company in Charleston.

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Geoffrey Gill

By John Stabinger
Posted on 8 August 2019 | 2:41 pm — 

One of my favorite College of Charleston memories was taking field trips in my biology of fishes and invertebrates classes to “wade” knee deep into my field of study. After graduation, I plan to move out west and work in fisheries management. My scholarship helped me afford the extra price of an incredible study abroad experience sailing the Atlantic on an oceanographic cruise.

Kim Iv

By John Stabinger
Posted on 8 August 2019 | 2:40 pm — 

I really love my classroom experiences at the College, with helpful professors, amazing classmates, and interesting discussions and lectures. After graduation, I plan to go back to my country, Cambodia, and help improve my community and the social wellbeing of the people there. My scholarship has helped me make amazing friends and encouraged me to focus on my studies.

Sophie Forstein

By John Stabinger
Posted on 8 August 2019 | 2:37 pm — 

My favorite experiences at the College of Charleston have occurred in the School of Business, where I have participated in many special projects and groups. After graduation I will be moving to New York City and beginning my career with J.P. Morgan Chase in a 2-year rotational program for Operations and Strategy. I have truly been able to take advantage of all that CofC has to offer including traveling abroad three times and being a part of multiple extracurriculars. One of the main opportunities that my scholarship has afforded me was being able to secure the best possible internships over the summer without having to worry about working. I was able to focus on entering the fields I was most interested in, and fortunately, that has led me to receiving a full-time offer!

Before graduating, astrophysics major Wendell Roberson ’18 conducted a research project titled, “Numerical Simulations of the Interaction Between Planets and Protoplanetary Disks.”

“I studied how planets that are roughly the size of Earth migrate within a gaseous disk,” says Roberson. “We did this through simulations using a code that is written to help simulate these developments.”

The “we” includes his faculty adviser, Ana Uribe, but he might also be referring to Horatio Hughes ’05 (that’s 1905) – who taught chemistry and physics at the College from 1923 to 1950 – given that his eponymous scholarship covered the cost of Roberson’s research and other expenses.

“The scholarship really helped put my mind at ease,” says Roberson. “You want to make sure you have done everything you needed to do to ensure that all of the money you need is there for the year, and, with the scholarship, I knew I was covered in some areas.”

Hughes’ daughter Patricia Hughes Farrow ’48 and her husband, Thomas Ferguson Farrow ’49 (the two met while at CofC) established the Horatio Hughes Memorial Scholarship in 2011 through a charitable trust that began funding scholarships after both had passed away. The trust funds about $30,000 in scholarships for 10-15 science students a year, along with a handful of research stipends, like Roberson’s.

Read more about this scholarship.

Robert Ivey Scholarship in Dance is a Moving Legacy

By John Stabinger
Posted on 19 June 2019 | 1:43 pm — 

Most anyone in South Carolina with the slightest interest in dance would recognize the name Robert Ivey. After all, for decades, the late local legend attached to that name was a beloved dancer, choreographer, instructor and College of Charleston professor. In each of those roles, he lifted others up, often in every sense of the word. In doing so, Ivey was able to share with them the moving power of dance.

In 2017, the College of Charleston’s Robert Ivey Scholarship in Dance became fully endowed thanks to a reinvigorated effort by friends and family. Among those leading the philanthropic charge were Matthew Kennedy ’01, a former student of Ivey while on a dance scholarship at the College, and adjunct professor Eliza Ingle, a close colleague of Ivey.

Because of these efforts, which doubled the fund, the scholarship is primed to ensure that others are able to follow in Ivey’s path and similarly uplift others.

“He was one of the first people to teach dance at the College,” says Todd McNerney, associate dean of the School of the Arts, who attributes Ivey as being instrumental in starting the dance program at the College.

Ivey began teaching at the College in the early 1980s and became a full-time professor in 1993. He taught dance technique in ballet and modern 20th-century dance, introduction to theater, history of dance, choreography, dance ensemble and the popular Maymester course on the Spoleto Festival.

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If there is a clear constant for James Mulvaney and his family, it may likely be a commitment to education. After all, the Mulvaneys count among their ranks career educators, such as James’ wife Carol and his daughter Christine, and other family members, like his late father William and son Patrick, who have demonstrated a deep interest in teaching those around them.

At the College of Charleston, the Mulvaney Family has made a vested commitment to furthering the education field by way of their philanthropy. In 2016, they established the William and James Mulvaney Family Endowed Scholarship to support a declared education major at the College of Charleston in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.

James Mulvaney first came to appreciate the importance of education from his father, who is recognized in the scholarship’s name.

Middle grades education major Rodrick Bellamy is a recipient of the Mulvaney Scholarship.

A renowned urologist in Cincinnati, William Mulvaney developed two drugs to dissolve kidney stones. He then placed the proceeds from that work in a charitable trust, which is managed by James Mulvaney and his siblings. The endowed scholarship at the College of Charleston was created with a $150,000 donation from the trust.

“He felt that everyone should be treated the same and have the same opportunities,” says James Mulvaney of his father, recalling how as a child he had observed the physician treating everyone at the hospital with equal respect.

William Mulvaney was also pioneering in his championing of diversity, often breaking new ground in his hiring of minorities in the Ohio medical community. In light of this, the scholarship endeavors to provide support in particular to minority, male undergraduate students at the College who are majoring in middle grades education.

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