Scholarship, Teaching and Academic Programs

The Furman student community is defined by individuals of exceptional academic ability, diversity and drive – and a passion to make an impact on campus and across their lives. These are precisely the kinds of students that outstanding universities across the country seek to enroll.

Furman has stood out in this crowded field by investing more than $65 million in financial aid annually. But more than 75% of those funds come from the operating budget.

To secure our strength in this hyper-competitive sector, we must leverage the promise of CLEARLY FURMAN and build a recurring resource for investing in our students and their future. From foundational gifts of $100,000 to $1.5 million investments that fully endow a scholarship, donors can determine Furman’s lasting success recruiting, enrolling, retaining and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.

Funding Opportunities
Endowed Named Scholarship Fund

An endowed fund provides scholarships to improve the lives of students and establish a legacy of support for future generations. Each endowed gift will continue to transform lives in perpetuity.

  • Goal: $85,000,000
Joseph B. Vaughn Scholarship

This endowed fund was established in recognition of the first African-American undergraduate student to enroll at Furman. It provides need-based financial aid for students in geographic proximity to the historic locations of Furman throughout South Carolina. Gifts of any size may be contributed.

  • Goal: $3,000,000
Bridges to a Brighter Future Scholarship

An endowed named scholarship for a graduate of the Bridges to a Brighter Future program to attend Furman. Bridges to a Brighter Future is a comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County high school and college students whose potential outdistances their circumstances. It is one of the distinctive community outreach programs at Furman and in South Carolina.

  • Goal: $1,250,000
  • 90.5%
    of students
    receive some form of institutional aid
  • 100%
    of students
    with demonstrated financial need receive institutional aid
  • $26,249
    average merit scholarship
    to incoming students
The Potential is Extraordinary

Guided by our strengths as a university, focused on learning experiences that empower students to achieve their most inspiring ambitions, we will do more than meet our mission and advance Furman’s reputation for excellence. As we become a national model for higher education, we will, through our graduates, influence action and ideas across the 21st century.

Campaign Priorities

Clearly Furman Priorities

Building on the best of Furman, we will elevate the university’s excellence, access, and impact through these five campaign priorities.