A transformational education and partnership
Scholarships. Internships. Mentoring. Research. Study Away.
These life-changing experiences help students identify their strengths and discover their passion. They invoke reflection, ignite purpose, inform pathways and change lives. The Furman Advantage is a promise that every student will benefit from these transformational opportunities.
To date, Partners donors have changed the lives of nearly 700 students. Learn more about their historic impact.
“PARTNERS DONORS MAKE MY COLLEGE CAREER POSSIBLE – IT HUMBLES ME AND SPEAKS TO THE CORE OF WHAT I BELIEVE FURMAN STANDS FOR: A TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY THAT LEARNS TOGETHER AND SUPPORTS EACH OTHER THROUGH GENERATIONS AND BEYOND BOUNDARIES.”
Chambers English ’19, Partners Scholar
“TO ME, THERE IS NO GREATER INVESTMENT THAT YOU CAN MAKE THAN TO INVEST IN THE LIVES OF PROMISING YOUNG PEOPLE. THROUGH THAT INVESTMENT, YOU ARE GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP A FOUNDATION OF HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION.”
Leighan Rinker, Founding Partners Donor
“MY ENTIRE EDUCATION, INCLUDING FOREIGN STUDY, WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF OTHERS SINCE I WENT TO FURMAN ENTIRELY ON SCHOLARSHIPS. I AM THANKFUL THAT I AM IN A POSITION TO HELP OTHER FURMAN STUDENTS OF MODERATE MEANS HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCES.”
Yendelela Neely Holston ‘03, Partners Scholar and Donor
“THE PARTNERS PROGRAM ENABLES DONORS AND STUDENTS TO GET TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER. A DONOR CAN PROVIDE ADVICE AND COUNSEL ALONG WITH ENTHUSIASM AND SUPPORT THAT IS MORE THAN FINANCIAL. I LOVE THE IDEA OF BEING INVOLVED IN SOMETHING LIKE THAT.”
Lizanne Thomas ’79, Partners Donor
“EVERY MENTOR, FRIEND AND PERSON THAT I HAVE MET AT FURMAN HAS HAD SUCH AN INCREDIBLE IMPACT ON MY LIFE. I HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING INSPIRING AND DIFFERENT FROM EVERYONE. I AM GRATEFUL THAT FURMAN HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SUCH INSPIRING PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY.”
Samantha Fowler ’19, Partners Scholar
“EXPANDING THE PARTNERS PROGRAM ALLOWS US TO CONNECT MORE ALUMNI WITH A STUDENT TO PROVIDE THAT MENTOR RELATIONSHIP THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN HELPING SOMEONE. YOU ARE DIRECTLY HELPING A STUDENT HAVE A SUCCESSFUL LIFE AFTER COLLEGE.”
Dave Ellison ’72, Partners Donor
“THE PARTNERS PROGRAM WAS ENABLING. IT PROVIDED A WAY FOR ME TO GO TO SCHOOL WHEN I OTHERWISE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE.”
Tracy Cantwell Bumgarner ’05, Partners Scholar
Become a Partner
The Furman Advantage is a promise that every student will benefit from high impact student experiences and transformational opportunities. Your gift—to athletics, research, study away and internship opportunities—is an investment in our guarantee and an affirmation of our cause. Whether through an endowed scholarship or an annual commitment, your investment to Partners creates a named scholarship that makes The Furman Advantage a reality for every student.
Ways to Invest
Make an annual investment of $5,000 per year for four years to support students throughout their path at Furman.
Create an endowed fund to provide support in perpetuity. A philanthropic plan to reach $100,000 over 5 years creates an endowed fund and a lasting Partners scholarship.
Both options allow you to select criteria for how the named scholarship is awarded to students. And now, you may expand your impact by the generous matching opportunity offered by The Duke Endowment.
The Duke Endowment
Furman has a long history of support from The Duke Endowment.
In response to President Davis’ vision for The Furman Advantage, The Duke Endowment is again investing in our students by matching new Partners Program commitments. Dollar-for-dollar matching funds are available for annual Partners Program commitments totaling $20,000 over 4 years. In addition, the student awards from newly endowed funds in the Partners Program will be increased by 50 percent in perpetuity.
Contact us about supporting a Furman student today by calling 864.294.3436.
Every gift counts. Partner with us. Invest today.