The annual Claflin University International Alumni Association Convention received an energizing start after First Citizens Bank announced their contribution of $200,000 to the University’s $96.4 million capital campaign.
The gift will be used for an endowed scholarship fund to benefit Claflin students.
“It is because of the enormous support from partners like First Citizens Bank that our capital campaign is successful and will allow us to continue a legacy of excellence at Claflin University,” said President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale. “We are fortunate to have the guidance and counsel of Mr. James Bennett in leading this historic campaign.”
Bennett, who is the chair of The Campaign for Claflin University and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, and Sharon Bryant, regional executive vice president for First Citizens, presented the check to Tisdale Friday morning.
Bennett acknowledged the remarkable success of the campaign thus far and pointed out how First Citizens’ gift will help many students receive access to higher education. He also said that Claflin alumni, faculty, staff and students are leading the campaign toward completion.
“When I look at the inner family contributions to this campaign it’s phenomenal. At no time have we had to ask for something we aren’t doing for ourselves,” said Bennett, executive vice president of public affairs at First Citizens. “First Citizens buys into the dream for the overall theme of the campaign, which is ‘Imagine the Possibilities.’ We’ve been intricately involved with Claflin for several years and marveled at their commitment to excellence and student achievement. We want to be a part of watching success flourish.”
The presentation was made during the Corporate, Community and Friends Breakfast, which opens the convention every year and serves as an opportunity for Claflin to fellowship with alumni and business partners.
The campaign focuses on three priorities for Claflin; devoting $13.9 million to strengthen academic programs; $41 million to enhance the university’s infrastructure, including the construction of a new state-of-the-art science and technology center; and $41.5 million to build an endowment which will provide scholarships and financial aid to promising students and aid in the recruitment of top ranked faculty.