Clemson University revealed gifts totaling more than $5 million dollars for the college of agriculture, forestry and life sciences during a spring quarterly board of trustees meeting on Friday, April 23.
Amy and Micky Scott have given an additional $2.5 million on top of previous gifts worth more than $1 million. The latest gift will fund need-based scholarships for students in the Forestry Summer Camp, scholarships for recruiting students to the department and for graduate student support.
It’s the first gift of its type to go to the college of agriculture, forestry and life sciences.
Micky Scott graduated from Clemson with a degree in forest management in 1975. He is the president of Collum’s Lumber Mill in Allendale, South Carolina. Amy Scott, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, is a retired nurse who volunteers in the Allendale community.
“Micky and Amy are wonderful people with big hearts,” said Clemson President Jim Clements. “Their gift will make a difference not only for generations of Clemson students, but also for our entire State by enabling us to develop even more leaders for the fields of forestry and natural resources. I am incredibly grateful to Micky and Amy for their support.”
In a release, Clemson officials said the college plays an important role in maintaining the health of South Carolina and the conservation of the state’s wildlife.
The university also announced $2.8 million in gifts to launch a new urban entomology program. Phil Gregory of Gregory Pest Solutions made a $500,000 gift. Terminix Services Inc. and the South Carolina Urban Entomology Charitable Alliance each contributed $1 million, and additional industry partners gave a total of $300,000, according to the university.
Funding from the gift will go toward an endowed professorship and research grants.
“This generous gift from Gregory Pest Solutions, Terminix Services Inc. and the South Carolina Urban Entomology Charitable Alliance will enhance our students’ learning and career opportunities and further the college’s ability to produce leaders in another industry that is essential to human health and well-being,” said Keith Belli, dean of the college of agriculture, forestry and life sciences.