Class of 2015 Honors Halverson

SCSGAH's Class of 2015 set the record for the largest senior class gift ever donated by a graduating class with the establishment of a $100,000 endowed scholarship honoring retiring President Bruce Halverson. The Dr. Bruce Halverson Endowed Scholarship Fund will serve to provide financial assistance to emerging artists accepted to the residential high school program at SCGSAH.

Inspired by the studentsí initiative and heartfelt intention to give back to future students, the Governorís School for the Arts Foundation was an early supporter of the fundraising effort. The Foundation helped secure matching gifts and contributions to assure the fund would meet the minimum required to establish a named endowed fund.

A meal plan fee is the only cost to attend the Governorís School, but it often presents an undue burden for students and families.  The Halverson Endowed Scholarship Fund will make it possible for qualified South Carolina students demonstrating financial need to participate in the life-transforming opportunities at the residential school for the arts. This meal plan scholarship is especially appropriate given Dr. Halversonís career-long commitment to providing equal access to educational opportunities to students from every background.

Earlier this year, he was one of approximately 100 public high school leaders to attend a first-of-its-kind summit addressing the topic of ďClosing the Excellence Gap: Nurturing Talent of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students.Ē Convened by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the summit brought together education leaders to support, strategize and advocate for exceptionally high-performing students with financial need

In October of 2014, the Governorís School was recognized in Newsweekís ranking of Top High Schools in the nation and received Gold Star recognition for narrowing the achievement gap for low-income students.

ďBy welcoming talented young artists to our school, regardless of their familyís economic status, we prepare them to open the doors to their future,Ē said Dr. Halverson. ďAs a result, each year, 100% of our graduates receive financial assistance to attend college or professional training. Iím grateful and honored by this new scholarship because it reaffirms our commitment to offer an exceptional education to all qualified students.Ē