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Upstate Spring 14 Magazine Online

Photo by John Gillespie A new fully endowed scholarship has been established at the University of South Carolina Upstate. The Anne Porchér Z. Perrin Scholarship, created by Pat Perrin in honor of his wife, recognizes her for her unwavering support for him, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. The scholarship, fully endowed at $250,000, will be awarded to incoming freshmen from Spartanburg County who were in the top 30 percent of their high school graduating class and attained at least a 3.0 grade point average. “My wife and I are both great believers in education and strong supporters of USC Upstate,” said Perrin. “We wanted to lend our support in this way to help provide assistance to a deserving incoming freshman in order to strengthen his or her possibility of making the dream of a college education a reality.” Champions of higher education, the Perrins exemplify a strong commitment to the Upstate through their philanthropy and involvement in numerous community endeavors. “We are very thankful to donors like the Perrins who continue to see the value of higher education in Spartanburg County,” said Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships at USC Upstate. “The Perrins are investing in the lives of students and by doing so they are giving those students the ability to turn their dreams of a quality education into a solid reality.” New Scholarship Honors Life of Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother BY MEG HUNT Married for 63 years, the Perrins have been dedicated and diligent in their support of the community. Mrs. Perrin, in particular, has been actively involved through the years having served on the boards of the Spartanburg Little Theater and the Beaux Arts Ball, as well as on the allocations panel for United Way and as chair of the Gignilliat Society. She is a sustaining member of the Spartanburg Junior League and a member of the Tome Tare Garden Club. A cancer survivor since 1972, Mrs. Perrin has also been involved with the Cancer Society of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. In addition, she’s an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg and has chaired the Bells Committee that led to the installation of the Paccard Bells in the church tower; taught and coordinated Sunday School programs; served as a member of the flower guild and beautification committees and volunteered with Mobile Meals. This scholarship, established in honor of one who’s given so much, will provide assistance to others who hopefully, upon graduation, will share their good fortune by investing in their communities in ways embodied by the example of Mrs. Perrin’s life of service. “We believe students with the prospect of a good education like that which they can receive from USC Upstate will graduate and hopefully stay in the area to contribute to the positive growth and development here,” emphasized Perrin. “Our hope is that this scholarship can add to their opportunity, which will certainly lead to good things for them, as well as the Upstate.” For more information about the USC Upstate Foundation, contact Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships, at 864-503-5235 or bwsmith@uscupstate.edu. 9  2014 Spring Upstate Magazine


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