Furman University has received a $25,000 grant from the Triad Foundation of Ithaca, New York to support the University’s Shucker Center for Leadership Development.
This latest gift marks the foundation’s fourth to the Shucker Center, bringing the total amount granted by Triad to $75,000. The gift, which was proposed by Furman student Sam Fowler (Class of 2019) and a junior director of Triad Foundation, was made in honor of the program’s namesake, Harry B. Shucker, former vice president for student services at Furman.
Since 2015, the grants from Triad Foundation have supported many of the Shucker Center’s programs, including expansion of the CliftonStrengths for Students Experience; the Shucker Leadership Institute (SLI); the Shucker Center undergraduate internship program; and the Shucker Fellow mini-grant program.
The SLI is a two-year program designed to foster the development of emerging student leaders through a guided experience that emphasizes self-exploration, initiative, commitment, collaboration and experiential learning. External partners for SLI include Junior Achievement, Jefferson Awards Foundation and the New Washington Heights Community Center.
Shucker Fellow Caroline Daly ’19 participated in Disney’s Youth Education Series this year in Orlando as part of the Shucker experience. “I learned the importance of stepping up rather than just showing up,” she said. “To be a good leader you must be willing to jump in and lead by example. I also learned why creativity is such an asset and how purposeful delegation can get a task accomplished efficiently.”
Approximately 25 freshmen are chosen annually to become new Fellows in SLI. SLI’s guided process represents the core of The Furman Advantage, in which reflection and high-impact engaged learning enhances the college experience and prepares students for a lifetime of meaningful leadership and service.
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