Big Gift for Education

Converse College receives $2M gift from unnamed alumna and husband
Photo credit Converse College Facebook Page
By 106.3 WORD
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still good to give... and be received.
An alumna of Converse College and her husband, who've asked to remain anonymous, have supported the schools future educational mission with a huge donation. 
Converse College is the recipient of a $2 Million dollar gift.  
The couple made the donation to express their deep appreciation for the former students educational experience. 
In February, the historic women's college declared it would add a co-educational undergraduate residential program and change its name to Converse University. 
The School offers the Upstate's only undergraduate deaf and hard of hearing education degree. 
As in the words of Janice Dean from Fox News, this unnamed couple certainly makes the Dean's List.
Press release from Converse College below:
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 19, 2020) – Converse College has received a gift for $2 million to support Converse’s future educational mission. The gift, from an anonymous alumna and her husband, is to express their deep appreciation to Converse for the alumna’s educational experience.

“Through the generosity of donors, we further the reach of Converse’s distinctive educational experience and programming,” said Krista L. Newkirk, Converse president. “Such generosity allows Converse to remain focused on strategically and thoughtfully upholding a vibrant future for Converse, as we prepare students to become engaged, adaptable, global citizens committed to progress within our society and the communities in which they live and work.”

In February 2020, Spartanburg’s historic women’s college declared that it would add a co-educational undergraduate residential program alongside the Converse College for Women, change its name to Converse University, and expand its international school into an international college. Converse announced in late April 2020 that it would accelerate the admission of the co-educational undergraduate cohort to fall 2020, one year earlier than anticipated and to respond to the needs of the Upstate and South Carolina citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Converse provides a world-class, personalized educational experience at an affordable price and is home to newly-launched master’s and doctoral programs in professional leadership, as well as award-winning, history-making programs that include business with a strong emphasis in data analytics, science classes that utilize virtual reality goggles to enhance the learning experience, and education programs that have produced a legacy of award-winning teachers and school administrators across the nation. It is home to South Carolina’s leading undergraduate music program, South Carolina’s first Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative and professional writing, and the Upstate’s only undergraduate deaf and hard of hearing education degree and undergraduate music therapy degree programs.

Those who are interested in furthering the mission of Converse and its innovative programming can find out more at



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