USC Aiken Alumni, Golfers Help Make Scholarships Available

March 13, 2017

More than 60 golfers participated in the 12th annual University of South Carolina Aiken Golf Classic, held at the Reserve Club at Woodside, to help raise money for student scholarships. 

The USC Aiken Alumni Council hosts the event, which, to date, has raised almost $100,000 in scholarships.

“This is an opportunity for me to give back to the university that’s given so much to me,” said Steve Miano, Class of ’05. 

“The most important thing we can do as alumni – or members of the community – is to build these students up.”

Miano has participated in the golf tournament every year since 2006.  For the last couple of years, he’s played with a four-some made up of Pacer alumni, all of whom were student leaders and recipients of the scholarship.

“I’m glad to give back to the school and to the students, and I personally enjoy being with friends and fellow alumni,” said Joshua Cline, Class of ’11, and former student government association president. 

“It’s like a mini family reunion.”

This event is the largest fundraiser hosted each year by the USC Aiken Alumni Council.  The golf tournament provides scholarships to 10-15 students each academic year.

“Higher education is a very expensive endeavor, and families need all the help they can get,” said Randy Duckett, director, USC Aiken Alumni Relations.

“Who better to help than alumni?” 

This year, the USC Aiken Golf Classic raised approximately $7,500 in scholarships.

“College students aren’t the richest people out there, so it’s great to have scholarships available,” said Davis Craig, a USC Aiken senior majoring in business management.  

“This is a great opportunity to see what our alumni are doing for the university and our students." 

In addition to the efforts of USC Aiken alumni, generous sponsors, philanthropic golfers and dedicated volunteers help make this event possible.

“We are extremely grateful to be in a community who come out year after year to have raise money for student scholarships,” Duckett said.

Organizers are already making plans for the 2018 Golf Classic next spring.

“I encourage anyone who cares about the future of the community to come participate,” said Miano.

For more information about USC Aiken alumni scholarships available, go to: .

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.