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Anonymous donation is one of Winthrop's largest gifts

A Winthrop University graduate has given the school a $2 million estate gift -- that will be used to help pay for scholarships.

The gift -- one of the largest ever received by Winthrop -- would give the school 75 percent of the donor's estate, estimated at $2 million, at the time of her death.

The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, describes her own Winthrop experience as life-changing and one that "opened doors" in her own life, said Amanda Stewart, director of communications and donor relations in Winthrop's Office of Development.

"That's why it's important for her to give back," she said. The donor, who lives in western South Carolina, hopes that her legacy will provide future Winthrop students with similar opportunities.

"While we cannot express our appreciation directly to this individual," Winthrop president Anthony DiGiorgio said, "I am confident she knows the tremendous impact this gift will have for our students.

"It is a wonderful legacy and one we hope will inspire others to consider as they make their estate plans."

This donor has been generous in the past, Stewart said, having given student-oriented gifts to the university.

It is the third gift of a million dollars or more announced this semester, including gifts by Harry and Becca Dalton and Ray and Patricia Carter.

The Daltons, who will be honored next week as Winthrop's Life Sciences building is being renamed Dalton Hall, recently committed an additional $1.5 million gift for the Environmental Sciences and Studies program. That is in addition to more than $1 million the Daltons already have given Winthrop.

In February, the Carters gave Winthrop more than $1.5 million. When the Carters' gift is realized, it will produce support for the conservation, historic preservation and adaptive use of Winthrop space and facilities. It also will provide scholarships and faculty fellowships in the Department of Design.