COLUMBIA, S.C. — Long-term relationships with donors have helped SCICU provide scholarships and financial aid to students at member colleges and universities since its inception in 1953. In 2019, SCICU is honored to recognize 50-year donor relationships with the Alwinell Foundation and the Vulcan Materials Company. Both long-term donors were recognized at SCICU’s board of trustees awards luncheon on October 8th at Coker University.
The Alwinell Foundation, based in Charlotte, N.C., has supported higher education and the advancement of science, religion, and financial assistance for deserving persons since its inception in 1951. They have contributed more than $283,000 towards SCICU’s financial aid initiatives, including the Discretionary Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to students at SCICU institutions to help them persist through unexpected financial hardships and complete their degrees.
The foundation was started and endowed by Henry Allison and John Erwin, founders of the Alison Erwin Company, a furniture and electronics distribution wholesale enterprise. The company grew from local and regional distribution and expanded its reach internationally before closing its doors in 2010 after 116 years of operation.
Vulcan Materials Company
Vulcan Materials Company, the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates (primarily crushed stone, sand, and gravel), has contributed more than $213,000 to SCICU and its member colleges and universities. Funds received from Vulcan support SCICU’s Discretionary Scholarship Program, which helps SCICU students persist through financial difficulties and stay in school to complete their degree programs.