The Clemson University Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th anniversary reunion Friday by presenting $1.046 million to the university, bringing the total of gifts by class members over the past 50 years to almost $16 million.
The new gift of over $1 million will be dedicated to creating an endowment for scholarships for worthy students who need the financial aid to attend the university, said Class of 1964 Golden Anniversary Project committee chairman Walter Cox.
A portion of the gift will be used to fund the Academic Success Center needs and programs. The Class of 1964 wanted to make a difference in student lives.
The $500,000 Class of 1964 Scholarship Endowment will provide several university-wide scholarships each year for students who might not otherwise be able to attend Clemson, officials said.
The other $500,000 will go to support the Class of 1956 Academic Success Center and its Dr. Ted G. Westoreland ASC Success Program,
Plans for the gift include offering Internet-based tutoring, workshops and supplemental instruction sessions. The money will let the Academic Success Center offer more support hours, reach out to students taking online courses and reach students who are studying across campus or at home.
The endowment also will help the center integrate technology into its services, offering new methods for students to engage and learn.
The gift is part of the $1 billion The Will to Lead capital campaign.