SWU establishes scholarship in memory of Harold Waters

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University is establishing a new education scholarship in memory of Harold Waters, who passed away June 20.

 Dr. Waters

Dr. Waters

“Dr. Waters loved Southern Wesleyan University and the education students,” said Sandra McLendon, dean of the university’s School of Education. “He always strived to represent our principles of ‘a Christian Ethic of Care’ toward self, toward colleagues, toward community and toward the students and worked diligently to instill our graduates with these values.”

In addition to his years of service to Southern Wesleyan, Waters devoted 33 years of his career to the public schools of South Carolina, serving as a regular education teacher, special education teacher and an administrator during those years. In April of 2009, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by Southern Wesleyan.

McLendon added that since Waters generously supported Southern Wesleyan with his time, his loyalty, and his financial gifts, the scholarship would be “an amazing tribute” that will carry on his legacy at the university.

The Dr. Harold M. Waters Memorial Endowed Education Scholarship would support a special education major who is already admitted into Lock I and has a designated grade point average of 2.75.

For details about supporting the Dr. Harold M. Waters Memorial Endowed Education Scholarship, contact Lisa McWherter, vice president for advancement, at (864) 644-5013 or email

For those wishing to donate, checks should be made payable to Southern Wesleyan University with “Dr. Waters Memorial Scholarship” on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the Southern Wesleyan University Development Office, P.O. Box 1020-1925, Central, SC 29630.

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