Year in Review Total Philanthropic Support in 2019


You, our Clemson family, gave $176,683,210 this year to support students, faculty and staff, and we are so grateful. The power of philanthropy makes moments like this possible, and we’re excited to keep moving forward together.

Thank you.

Private gifts to Clemson are crucial in supporting students, whether through resources, programming, or scholarships. Your philanthropic support helps create life-changing experiences for our students.

Ashley’s story is one of many across the Clemson campus. She is a first-generation college student. She understands the importance of higher education. And she has worked tirelessly toward her goal of receiving a bachelor’s degree. But like so many others, paying for college has been a daunting task.

Entering the semester last fall, Ashley was certain she would not have the funds to cover tuition. Her family couldn’t afford the full cost. Income from her job as a residential advisor on campus was not nearly enough to supplement. She felt her dream of becoming the first college graduate in her family slipping away. Because of the generosity of donors like you, Ashley was awarded a completion grant that brought her dreams back to reality.

Ashley is now a Clemson graduate and is on track to receive her doctorate degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. It is because of your gifts and commitment to Clemson that students like Ashley are able to fulfill their greatest dreams and make a lasting mark on our world.

Our faculty and staff benefit in many ways from the gifts of the Clemson family through endowed chair positions, research funding, mentorship opportunities and more.

With a gift of $600,000, Bill and Martha Sturgis made the largest donation in the history of the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Clemson. Less than a year later, Scott Husson was named the first recipient of the William B. “Bill” Sturgis, ’57 and Martha Elizabeth “Martha Beth” Blackmon Sturgis Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Dr. Husson will use the funds from the professorship to open new avenues for exploratory research, provide students with opportunities to travel to conferences and help students learn about entrepreneurship.

Bill and Martha established the professorship because they wanted to do something to benefit chemical engineering at Clemson, where Bill got his start studying under influential professor Charles E. Littlejohn Jr. The impact of the Sturgis’ gift is already evident within the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and their support is making a profound impact on Clemson, our faculty and staff, and our students.

Clemson University leaders joined alumni, donors and student leaders (past and present) in a groundbreaking ceremony this year for the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel. The chapel, named after a Clemson student who passed away unexpectedly in 2015, will be located adjacent to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and be an inviting venue for all people to celebrate, meditate and reflect.

Ken and Mary Cadden, the parents of Samuel J. Cadden, made the lead gift of $1.5 million in June 2016 that set forth an impressive fundraising campaign. Less than three years later, pledges received for the chapel from more than 1,500 donors exceed $7 million. Among the 1,500 donors are four pillar donors, Charles and Susan Barker, Roy McCall, Melvin Younts and Ashley Johnson, who have made significant pledges to the chapel.

Thanks to many generous gifts, a dream shared among many members of our Clemson family is now coming to fruition. In addition to the Samuel J. Cadden Chapel, Clemson also broke ground on the Child Development Center and the Outdoor Education Center at the Snow Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center.

This year, we also celebrated two new Academic Cornerstone Partners, both of whom gave selflessly to lay the foundation for Clemson's future success.

As the youngest Cornerstone Partners, Ben and Cheri Phyfer gave $2.5M to the College of Business and university-wide student scholarships.

As the first and only Cornerstone Partners for Academics and Athletics, Dan and Nancy Garrison gave a transformational gift of $2.5M to the College of Business as well, specifically for the new Sales Innovation Program.

Their previous gift of $2.5 million to athletics provided funding for student-athlete scholarships, facilities, the Tiger Leadership Academy and the newly named Garrison Learning Lab.

To read more stories about the impact of gifts and to find your passion for giving to Clemson, please visit clemson.edu/giving.

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