Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation Establishes Endowment at USC Upstate

February 8, 2021 at 3:19 pm

USC Upstate is pleased to announce an endowment from the Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation that will support the education of undergraduate students from the Golden Strip area of South Carolina.

Since its establishment in 1986, the Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation has been consistent in its mission to help young people pursue an education, primarily through establishing college scholarships with universities across the Upstate of South Carolina.

The late Ralph Hendricks created the foundation after the passing of his first wife, with whom he had explored ways to support educational opportunities for young people in the Simpsonville area.

The Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation provides scholarships to hundreds of students from the Simpsonville area to attend higher education institutions such as Greenville Tech, Anderson University, Furman University, North Greenville University, and now the University of South Carolina Upstate.

“We are grateful to the Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation for providing this opportunity to USC Upstate students coming from the Golden Strip area,” said Kim Jolley, interim vice chancellor for University Advancement and executive director of the USC Upstate Foundation. “This scholarship will make a positive impact on the lives of students for many years.”

With the establishment of the Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Endowed Scholarship at the USC Upstate Foundation, students from the Golden Strip – which includes Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Fountain Inn – will receive priority for a renewable scholarship that supports those who demonstrate financial need.

Applications for the Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation Endowed Scholarship will be available to students starting November 2021. The recipient will be known as the Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Scholar.

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