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Young Alumnae Giving Back


Giving Story

Stephanie Rhodes '13 and Victoria Ward '15 have a lot in common. They both studied international business at the College. They both cherished their time in the College’s Schottland Scholars Program. And now they both are giving back to their alma mater.

In fact, the two young alumnae are both members of the College’s 1770 Society, which recognizes donors who give $1,000 or more annually, thus providing leadership and support to the areas of their choice.

“I designate my gift to the German program to support their study abroad scholarships because the time I spent abroad was so integral to my college experience, and I don’t think money should hold a student back from going abroad,” says Rhodes, who double-majored in German and international business and is now a senior financial analyst for Kion North America. “Through this gift I have remained close to the faculty and students of the German program, which has allowed me to stay connected to the College in a way that reflects my unique student experience.” And, as Ward says, we all have our own unique experience at the College.

“Everyone has a special connection to the College of Charleston, and I think it’s important to remember that and to reflect on how the College helped you and informed your life,” says the senior project manager at Blackbaud. “Reflect and think about what you can do to give back and stay connected. Maybe it’s not monetarily at this time, but just showing up at A Charleston Affair, or getting involved with an alumni chapter is so important – and even more so with time – because staying connected shows you respect your relationship with the College.”

Rhodes agrees: “Giving back at the 1770 Society level opens up more opportunity for further involvement and interaction with the College as alumni,” she says. “I would encourage other young alumni to reflect on what programs or organizations made their time at the College special.” After all, if there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that our time at the College was one of the most special times of our lives.

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