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Continued: Private giving

“This gift is a chance to give back by providing a blessing to others, my parents and highly deserving students,” he said.

More than 100 students are expected to enter the university this fall through the Gamecock Guarantee. In its second year, the program guarantees tuition for students who have the academic credentials to attend the university, but cannot afford a college education. Although the Southeastern Conference contract with ESPN and the university’s general scholarship fund support the Gamecock Guarantee, individual donors also contribute to the program.

“When Carolina makes a financial commitment to ensure that all students with academic promise can attend this great university, including those who face significant economic challenges, that is something I wholeheartedly support,” said donor Stacey Bradley, associate vice president for the Division of Student Affairs and Department of Academic Support.

Aspiring journalists will benefit from a $500,000 gift for the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Endowment Fund. Alumnus Ken Baldwin established the endowment to provide journalism students with studies to strengthen their understanding of business news.

The university’s fundraising efforts included a successful drive to exceed a fundraising challenge from benefactor Darla Moore, who announced a challenge gift of $45 million in 2004.

Among the gifts to The Darla Moore School of Business was a donation of geospatial software licenses, valued at $6.8 million, that will be shared by the business school and the geography department of the College of Arts and Sciences. The gift from Matthew Heric, who earned a master’s degree in geography in 1987, will enhance research opportunities for students and faculty.

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Visit for philanthropy information on The Darla Moore School of Business.

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