Anne Porchér Z. Perrin didn’t attend the University of South Carolina Upstate, but she sees the University as vital to the Spartanburg community.
Three years ago, Mrs. Perrin’s husband, Pat, established a scholarship to honor her for her unwavering support for him, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Strong supporters of higher education, the Perrins made the Anne Porchér Z. Perrin Scholarship part of a testamentary bequest in their wills to ensure that USC Upstate students would be able to turn their dreams of a quality education into a reality.
“I’ve watched as this campus grew from one building to what it has become,” Mrs. Perrin said. “It gives me hope for the future of Spartanburg.”
Not one to put things off for later, Mrs. Perrin wanted to place her gift into the hands of someone she calls a great neighbor and friend. In February, Mrs. Perrin, along with her children, met with Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate, so she could present him with a check to fulfill the testamentary bequest of $250,000 to her scholarship and honor him for his friendship to her and his leadership of USC Upstate.
“Dr. Moore and his wife are my neighbors,” Mrs. Perrin said. “Immediately when they moved here, they got into everything, and it was fun to see them make themselves a part of Spartanburg and USC Upstate.”
Moore thanked Mrs. Perrin for her gift on behalf of the generations of students who will use those monies to follow their dreams. “Your gifts ensure students will have opportunities to achieve their academic aspirations and have the best college experiences,” Dr. Moore said. “I am excited for the opportunities this will provide students for generations to come.”
Fully endowed at $250,000 in 2014, Mrs. Perrin’s scholarship, now at $500,000, is the largest endowed scholarship held in the USC Upstate Foundation. Scholarships will be awarded for the first time in Fall 2016 to incoming freshmen from Spartanburg County.
“My hope is that the students who receive these scholarships will stay in the area,” Mrs. Perrin said. “I want them to be a benefit to USC Upstate and in turn to Spartanburg.”
Scholarship recipients must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in the top 30 percent of their high school class. One student will be selected from high schools in Spartanburg County School Districts 3, 6 and 7. Each recipient will receive $1,000 per semester and will be able to renew the scholarship for up to three years if they meet certain criteria.
“Through their outstanding generosity Mr. and Mrs. Perrin will continue to change lives through education,” said Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships. “This scholarship will help USC Upstate students create lifelong relationships, broaden their interests and prepare for successful futures.”