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Dr. Sam and Nancy Stafford Endowed Alumni Scholarship

For student leaders on campus

Sam Stafford III '68 and Nancy Webb Stafford '70 met while both were students at the College of Charleston. Both were actively involved in several campus organizations including Pi Kappa Phi and Delta Delta Delta while also serving as class officers. They also had the privilege of volunteering for Emmett Robinson at the Footlight Players prior to a theater department being established at the College and this led to a lifelong love of the arts.

Both Sam and Nancy credit much of their success and happiness to the dedicated teachers they have had throughout their lives. While at the College of Charleston, they each credit several professors as not only outstanding teachers and role models, but also as mentors in their life's work. Sam cites Dr. Harry W. Freeman - professor, advisor (both academic and fraternity) and personal hero as well as James Anderson-outstanding teacher and friend who was always firm and fair. Nancy, a double major in both English and History, fondly recalls the highest standards expected from Dr. Nan Morrison who made both writing and learning not only a challenge, but also an adventure, while Madame Andrea Stafford, French professor and friend, created an enthusiastic enjoyable atmosphere of learning in class as well as during traveling abroad.

In establishing this scholarship, the Staffords wish to both acknowledge the pivotal and life changing role that teachers have the opportunity to play in the lives of their students as well as provide funding for future generations of exceptional teachers. The application deadline (including letters of recommendation) is February 15.

This scholarship is renewable. 


  • Applicant must be a rising Junior or Senior majoring in one of the Teacher Education programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicant must intend to pursue a career in teaching.
  • Applicant must demonstrate leadership attributes including participation in at least two campus organizations.

Application Process

    • The application deadline (including letters of recommendation) is February 15.
    • At least two letters of recommendation should be submitted with the application. Applicants can request that individuals write letters to support their scholarship application and send them to or by mail to Karen Jones, CofC Alumni Association, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC, 29424.  Letters should be received no later than the application deadline.
    • Fill out online scholarship application.
    • Application includes the following essays: 
      • List your extracurricular activities in school, community or church, including high school activities for currently enrolled students.
      • In 500 words or less, describe why you have chosen teaching as your future profession.