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SERVICE BEYOND SELF WINTHROP’S LARGEST ESTATE GIFT WILL ESTABLISH SERVICE-FOCUSED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


Family and friends of late alumna and long-time educator Elizabeth Hope Reed ’41, ’51 never doubted that she cared deeply about two things: education and community service. Now, through a $3 million estate gift, Reed has created a way to support and advance the two causes closest to her heart.


Elizabeth Hope Reed


Reed’s estate gift — the largest in the university’s 131- year history — will be used to establish the Elizabeth Hope Reed Fellows Program, a


service-focused scholarship program for Winthrop students who demonstrate financial need, maintain good academic standing and commit to volunteering at least eight hours a week. Scholarships will be renewable and available to undergraduate and graduate students.


President Dan Mahony said that Reed’s gift demonstrates both her fondness for her alma mater and her strong commitment to service-learning, a key component of the Winthrop experience.


“The Elizabeth Hope Reed Fellows Program will advance a commitment to service beyond self – one of Winthrop’s core institutional values,” said Mahony. “Elizabeth Reed’s generous gift will have a tremendous positive impact on our students for generations to come.”


Mahony added that Reed’s gift will help foster greater community engagement, which is one of the key goals in the Winthrop Plan, the university’s strategic plan through 2025.


Reed’s life illustrates her strong belief in the value of learning through community service. The Rock Hill native, who spent most of her adult life in North Carolina, earned B.S. and M.S. degrees — both in home economics — at Winthrop. She


“Staying active in her community, being involved with people and helping people were the things she enjoyed most,” said Mitchell.


To learn more about legacy giving or estate gift planning to Winthrop, please contact Evan Bohnen, vice president for university advancement, at bohnene@winthrop.edu, direct 803/323-2275 or toll-free 800/801-1083.


used those degrees to start a 38-year career in the North Carolina public school system, where she taught home economics. Reed was among the first to teach co-ed classes in family life education. In addition, she established pilot programs in childcare and the dual role of women as wage earner and homemaker to keep pace with a rapidly changing society.


Reed’s nephew, Bill Mitchell of Pawleys Island, remembers his late aunt as a “veteran school teacher and prolific reader” who pushed him to keep up with his schoolwork and take a serious interest in reading. Mitchell’s wife, Elizabeth Poag Mitchell ’64, also has strong family ties to Winthrop and earned her B.S. in business administration at the university.


Community service also played a vital role in Reed’s life. She was a 50-year member of the American Home Economics Association, and she earned the “Quality of Life Award” from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Cancer Society, where she was a long-time volunteer. She also served as vice president and president for the Jackson County Chapter of North Carolina Retired School Personnel.


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