McCausland Foundation Programs
The McCausland Innovation Fund is designed to inspire and support bold, creative and
groundbreaking advances in the College of Arts and Sciences’ teaching and research
to meet the emerging needs of our students and make the university a model of interdisciplinary,
interactive learning. Awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000 in two strategic
areas of focus.
The McCausland Foundation programs were established through a $10 million endowment
gift from alumnus Peter McCausland (’71 history) and his wife, Bonnie. McCausland,
the chairman and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania-based company Airgas,
Inc., sought to strengthen the liberal arts education offered at the University of
South Carolina — an education he had experienced and which had benefited him during
The benefit of this endowment goes far beyond its monetary value. Faculty can grow
in their careers as teachers and researchers. Students learn from innovative faculty
and visiting scholars who stand out as leaders in their fields. The college can foster
innovation to support faculty development and the student experience.