Campus News

Cridland and Cooper Capture Conference’s Top Honors

Tennis player Caitlin Cridland was named the Big South Conference’s Co-Woman of the Year.

Caitlin Cridland

Development News

Alumna Endows Scholarship with $100,000 Gift

Susan Hoffer McMillan ’71, a former photographer for Te Johnsonian, Winthrop’s student newspaper, will support budding journalists with a new endowed scholarship.

The freshman class boasts the highest number of valedictorians in school history (11) and also claims the highest entering GPA (3.98). A few more fun facts: the most common male name is Christopher; the most common female name is Emily; and two students traveled nearly 10,000 miles from Australia to attend Winthrop this fall.

Winthrop Receives $1 Million as Part of NSF Award

A $20 million National Science Foundation award for Research Infrastructure and Improvement (RII) has been given to 10 S.C. institutions. Winthrop received $1.1 million earmarked for development of intelligently designed optical and magnetic materials, polymers and stimuli-responsive materials. Tese advanced materials will benefit commercial applications such as lasers, water treatment and regenerative medicine.

Te state-wide initiative, called the Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina: MADE in SC, will train and mentor postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students, and provide outreach to kindergarten through twelfth grade students and also to the private sector.

Winthrop’s Material Science Education and Research team is made up of eight chemistry and physics faculty. Winthrop’s monies will be used to increase its materials science research capacity. Tese funds will be focused primarily on faculty, infrastructure and student development.


Cridland, of Perth, Australia, helped the Eagles capture their 19th Big South Conference championship and clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships for the 15th time. Te chemistry major now attends graduate school at Virginia Tech. Because of the conference honor, Cridland was a nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Track and field standout Marthaline Cooper was voted the conference’s Female Student- Athlete of the Year. Cooper, of Providence, Rhode Island, is the first Winthrop student-athlete to win the award since 2013-14. In addition, she was voted the 2016-17 Big South Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, as well as the 2017 Women’s Indoor Track & Field Most Outstanding Field Performer. She also was a qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Marthaline Cooper Susan Hoffer McMillan

Te 1970 Johnsonian Staff Endowed Scholarship, endowed with a $100,000 gift and ready to award in spring 2017, will provide one annual renewable scholarship to a Winthrop student who is a South Carolina resident and a Johnsonian staff

member. First preference will be given to English majors.

McMillan, who earned her B.A. in English at Winthrop, is an avid historian. Te Conway resident is the author/co-author of five books. McMillan also diligently worked to secure the May 2017 induction of David Bancroft Johnson, Winthrop’s founding president, into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

New Endowed Scholarship Honors Late Alumna

Te Doris Harrison Ford Endowed Scholarship, funded through a bequest, will provide funds for political science majors and commemorate the late Doris Harrison Ford ’44.

Doris’ daughter, Marsha Ford ’71 of Charlotte, North Carolina, established the endowed fund to support Winthrop students with financial need, with first preference given to political science majors and second to mass communication majors. Doris, a special education teacher, earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics at Winthrop.

Doris Harrison Ford

Family and friends of the late Robert C. Hill and Richard Kay Jr. have established a new endowed scholarship to support Winthrop student interns.

Te annual scholarship will provide funds to assist with travel, lodging or other support necessary during the recipient’s service as an intern with an insurance provider. First preference will be given to students who obtain internships with firms located in major metropolitan areas where family support is not available.

For more information about making a gift to Winthrop, contact Evan Bohnen, vice president for institutional advancement, at 803/323-2275 or


Fort Mill Couple Establishes Award for S.C. Mentor Teachers

Jessie Williams Little ’73 and her husband, John ’02, of Fort Mill have established a new endowed award to honor South Carolina mentor teachers for their efforts.

Jessie and John Little

Te Littles partnered with the Richard W. Riley College of Education and the James and Sue Rex Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership to establish the Jessie Williams Little “Leading the Way” Endowed Award. Te award recognizes a S.C. educator who has made a significant impact as a mentor to future or beginning teachers.

Hill-Kay Scholarship to Support Student Interns

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