John and Jeanette Cothran enjoy being with their scholars at a spring campus dinner.
in 1998, the Partners Scholarship program provides a unique and
meaningful way to support the education of Furman students. Donors to
the program play a significant role in helping make Furman affordable to
some of the 85% of students who receive some type of financial aid.
Typically, gifts to the Partners program subsidize the portion of the
university's $40 million financial aid budget that is derived from
current operating dollars.
donors not only contribute generous financial resources to create a
scholarship, they also enjoy the opportunity to meet and to develop
relationships with the students they support. Partners donors are
mentors and friends to students who might not have been able to attend
Furman without financial assistance. Supplementing a student's
education is rewarding, but donors have found the relationships to be
life-changing and life-long.
scholars understand the impact of your gift. Unlike other scholarships
and forms of financial aid, Partners scholarships enable students to
put a face with your name. Scholars learn that your financial gift to
Furman provides countless opportunities for them.
campus events each year allow donors and scholars to interact and build
relationships. In addition to these fall and spring dinners, we
encourage both donors and scholars to reach out in other ways by
attending athletic events and music concerts together, or arranging
additional meals as opportunities to get to know each other better.
Reflections from donors
and I believe that investing in students at Furman is actually sowing
the seeds for future generations. We receive great joy and satisfaction
from helping prepare students to live great lives. Through Partners,
we have developed caring relationships with students that will last far
past their graduation from Furman. We feel confident that our Partners
Scholars will be motivated to help others as they have been helped. They
will 'pay it forward'."
- Leighan Rinker, Furman trustee and parent of Traci R. Miller '89,
Christopher Rinker '94, and Allison R. St. John '96
and I like to refer to the Partners Scholarship Program as our Fountain
of Youth because it allows us to stay in touch with Furman's young
people. The program marries students with people who are willing to
establish scholarships. But the donors don't just give money and wonder
what happens to it. We actually get to see it blossom. For three
years, our Partners scholar was Nadia Savova '06 from Bulgaria. She is
now part of our family. It is the most rewarding experience I think
anyone can have."
and I love being a part of the Partners program because this is one
investment that (unlike the stock market) never goes down in value. To
the contrary, it constantly increases in value as students' lives are
changed through their Furman experiences and as they are equipped to
positively impact the lives of others and the world. Getting to know
and form bonds with students now and beyond is a bonus that is
-Bill Howes '59, former chair of Furman Board of Trustees
-John Cothran '54, Furman Trustee and parent
of J. Clark Cothran '84 and Stephen T. Cothran '86
Reflections from scholars
was touched by the fact that my scholarship donors, Sarah and Gordon
Herring, actually wanted to know me and that they were genuinely
interested in what means most to me. Since both of them were Furman
singers and I am a vocal performance major, we have a unique bond.
Their support as donors and friends is a very special gift."
-Jazmin Black '10
cannot express how thankful I am to be a part of the Partners program.
Not only do I receive the financial aid I need, but I also gain several
wonderful relationships. I have absolutely loved my correspondence
with my sponsors--anything from a simple phone call to wish me blessings
to a box of freshly baked brownies to hide from my roommate. Sisters
Ann Bryan and Kathy Anderson, along with their mother, Frances Bryan,
brighten up my day and remind me to be joyful in everything I
-Caleb Lewis '12
Caleb Lewis '12 enjoys a brownie delivered to him by his Partners donors.
Join the Partners Scholarship Program in one of the following ways:
- Give $25,000 per year to annual scholarships. (Please
consider a four-year commitment so that your scholars will receive
financial assistance throughout their academic careers.)
- Utilize the graduated Hollingsworth Initiative pledge of $12,500, $18,750, $25,000, and $25,000.
- Establish a permanently endowed scholarship with gifts of $30,000 per
year for five consecutive years and, thereafter, gifts of $25,000
- Give $1 million to the Partners Program over any period of time to become a lifetime member.
For more information about Furman Partners contact:
Allison Foy, Director of Donor Relations
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, South Carolina 29613
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