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McCausland Foundation Programs

The McCausland Innovation Fund is designed to inspire and support bold, creative and groundbreaking advances in the College of Arts and Sciences’ teaching and research to meet the emerging needs of our students and make the university a model of interdisciplinary, interactive learning.  Awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000 in two strategic areas of focus.

The McCausland Foundation programs were established through a $10 million endowment gift from alumnus Peter McCausland (’71 history) and his wife, Bonnie. McCausland, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania-based company Airgas, Inc., sought to strengthen the liberal arts education offered at the University of South Carolina — an education he had experienced and which had benefited him during his career.

The benefit of this endowment goes far beyond its monetary value. Faculty can grow in their careers as teachers and researchers. Students learn from innovative faculty and visiting scholars who stand out as leaders in their fields. The college can foster innovation to support faculty development and the student experience. 


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.