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Impact Stories: Lillian Fant '17 

PhotoofLillianFantLillian Fant ’17 of Greenville, SC is the daughter of a Wofford Class of 1988 alumnus and the sister of members of the Wofford Class of 2015 and the Class of 2020. Needless to say, she bleeds old gold and black. “Wofford has always been a huge part of my life, and I couldn’t image myself going anywhere else for college,” says Fant.

Fant says her decision to choose Wofford and the liberal arts experience was solidified after speaking with Dr. Mackay Salley, chairman of the physics department.

“He helped me realize that I could go to a liberal arts school and still pursue studies in the math and science courses I enjoy,” she says.

Fant has indeed made the most of the transformative learning experiences presented to her. Most notably the summer prior to her senior year Fant worked with Dr. Ramin Radfar of the chemistry department to conduct biochemistry research through an South Carolina Independent College and Universities research grant. According Fant, the experience was “an awesome opportunity to learn more about the research field. It taught me a lot about my interests and what I want to do moving forward.”

In addition to excelling in the classroom and the laboratory, Fant is also an active member of the campus community. She devotes much of her time to serving as a Campus Union senior delegate, the senior class treasurer, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and more.

A recipient of the Z.A. Smith and Helen W. Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund, Fant’s successes would not be possible without the aid of endowed scholarship funds.

“Scholarships are often the difference between someone being able to attend their dream college or not, and they help lighten the financial burdens on students and their families. They are truly a gift, in so many senses of the word,” she says.

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