Campaigns at USCB
The current priorities at USCB encompass programs that impact both our students and our community, as well as support for our Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort campuses. If additional opportunities arise that would be beneficial to USCB and our mission of serving students in the Lowcountry region, we will certainly explore any philanthropic interests expressed by the community and our supporters.
Donor Support for Scholarships
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, USCB was able to award 56 scholarships, for a total of more than $105,000, in the 2014 fiscal year. Providing an affordable education is always the top priority at our university. Scholarships enable us to achieve this goal every year. They also help us to attract the best and brightest students to our campuses.
Center for the Arts
The USCB Center for the Arts on the university's Beaufort campus serves as a regional focal point for the arts. It offers a wide range of stage and film presentations, gallery events and academic degree programs. It has been the cultural hub of Beaufort County for more than 30 years. As the home of the Beaufort Theater Company, it frequently plays host to internationally acclaimed performing artists. Its 460-seat performing arts venue accommodates community groups, dance studios, music festivals and the ever-popular Met Opera Live in HD.
The Center for the Arts is in need of upgrades in lighting, sound and infrastructure to continue providing the quality programming that Beaufort County is used to and to be able to attract new and exciting performances.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Bluffton Building
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, known as OLLI, provides an educational experience for lifelong learners throughout the Lowcountry, primarily residents over the age of 50. Thanks to the abundant generosity of the Bernard Osher Foundation and its landmark $1 million endowments in 2007 and 2009, OLLI offers its 1,500 dues-paying student members a choice of 184 classes and lectures, and 24 tours. Classes are taught in Beaufort, Bluffton and Jasper, and on Hilton Head Island.
As people continue to retire to the area, the interest in OLLI grows. Based on demand, OLLI needs a home of their own on the USCB Campus.
Anna Ponder, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Development Data Manager