Honorary Alumni Award: Nancy Cooper
Honorary Alumni Award
Commends individuals who are not Furman graduates but who have made significant contributions to its welfare, reputation, prestige and pursuit of excellence.
Nancy Cooper has been a beloved member of the Furman community for over 30 years, serving as the coordinator of volunteer services for Heller Service Corps. Known affectionately as Miss Nancy, her passion and kindness have inspired countless students. She embodies the mission of Heller, to foster relationships and cultivate a spirit of giving, and has helped grow the organization from six students to 1,200.
A sense of belongingness is key to student success. Nancy not only mentors and advises students daily, but she helps make Furman a home away from home. She creates an environment not only in the Heller office, but throughout the Trone Student Center and especially at student and family campus events, where she ensures that all feel welcomed and valued. She lives Furman’s person-centered mission by connecting students with over 60 agencies, non-profit organizations and schools in Greenville County. These experiences give students depth and breadth in preparing them for a world beyond themselves.
In 2002, the Student Alumni Council honored Nancy with the Chiles-Harrill Award, which recognizes a member of the faculty or staff who has made substantial contributions to the lives of students. Through her devotion to students and her diligent work, she continues to make a positive impact on Furman and the Greenville community.