Couple Makes $1 Million Gift to NGU’s Graduate School
North Greenville University President Dr. Gene Fant Jr. recently announced a $1 million gift commitment made by Dr. and Mrs. T. Walter Brashier of Travelers Rest, to support scholarships for the graduate school.
The scholarship program will be known as the Martin Timothy Brashier Graduate Scholars program. It has been created to provide scholarships to residents of Upstate counties or previous graduates of NGU pursuing post-baccalaureate programs in business, education, and ministry.
The Brashier gift will be available immediately for cash scholarships to assist with fall 2017 enrollment.
“This is a major act of generosity that can impact the university’s budget positively for the current year to help us spur graduate enrollment,” said Fant. “We all know that scholarships make it possible for students to attend college and assist working adults in continuing their education. This is our hope with the Martin Timothy Brashier Graduate Scholars program.”
To receive the scholarship, a student must be a resident of any Upstate county or graduate of NGU, a first-time graduate student, must have applied and been accepted to a master’s program in business, education, or ministry at NGU, and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
The Brashiers have been long-time supporters of NGU. Their generosity to the university has spanned over four decades. Their first commitment was a downtown office building in the 1970s. Since that time, they have started an undergraduate scholarship fund, supported several capital projects, gave the lead gift to start the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School, and served on several university committees, boards, and councils.
The Martin Timothy Brashier Graduate Scholars program is named in memory of the Brashier’s son who passed away in September, 2012. Tim was a 1976 North Greenville alumnus and was active in the family businesses, developing residential real estate, and running an aviation servicing company. His parents remember him as someone with a great sense of humor and a friendly person who had many friends. He loved God, his church [Berea First Baptist Church], his family, and was a favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews. Tim, however, was most notably known for his giving heart.
“Life for Tim was never about Tim; it was about giving to others. He was one of those that ‘would give you the shirt off his back.’ He realized there was more to life than just taking,” said Christine.
This gift is the first large contribution received under President Fant since his leadership began on June 1.
NGU’s graduate school is currently accepting admission applications for two fall terms beginning August 7 and October 9. Scholarship applications are due July 31 for Fall 1 and September 30 for Fall 2 terms.
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