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Switzer Family Endowed Athletics Scholarship announced

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College has announced the establishment of the Switzer Family Endowed Athletics Scholarship Fund through a $250,000 gift from the Switzer family of Spartanburg and Union, S.C., and the creation of a second scholarship, the Daniel/Switzer Endowed Athletics Scholarship, through a matching allocation of $250,000 gift from Wofford’s Homozel Mickel Daniel Fund.

The Switzer Family Endowed Athletics Scholarship will be awarded annually to a member of the college’s football team, while the Daniel/Switzer Endowed Athletics Scholarship will go to a member of the women’s intercollegiate tennis team each year.

Members of the Switzer family are donors to the Switzer Family Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of the first husband of former Wofford trustee Toccoa Switzer, the late James L. Switzer Sr., who started and lettered on the Wofford Terriers football team for two years. He graduated from Wofford in 1940, and died in 1987.

The Switzer family represents five generations of Wofford College alumni. James L. Switzer Sr.’s father, Paul K. Switzer, graduated in 1907. James and Toccoa Switzer’s two sons also are Wofford graduates – Paul K. Switzer III (Class of 1977) and James L. (Jim) Switzer Jr. (Class of 1980). Jim Switzer’s daughter, Lizzie, is a member of the Wofford class of 2007. The senior Paul Switzer’s father-in-law, Dr. J.T. Layton, attended Wofford from 1870 to 1871.

The family has made major contributions to Wofford College through the years. The Switzer Family Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 by Toccoa and James and their three children, Paul, Jim and Toccoa. It was significantly increased n 1987 with a gift from the Bailey Foundation of Clinton, S.C. Awards from the fund are reserved for graduates from the top 25 percent of their class from Christ School in Arden, N.C.

The Switzers also provided major funding for Wofford’s Switzer Stadium at the Russell C. King Jr. Baseball Field.

“Toccoa Switzer and the Switzer Family have been most generous to Wofford over the years,” says Wofford Vice President for Development Marion Peavey, “but this gift is especially significant as these scholarships will provide direct benefit to deserving students who might not otherwise be able to attend Wofford. The college is grateful for their support and foresight.”

Rod Ray, Wofford’s tennis coach, says, “The Switzer family’s generosity to Wofford College and our women’s tennis program is incredible. Their gift will impact the lives of student -athletes for generations. This scholarship will not only help the recipients and their families, but it also will have a remarkable influence on the competitiveness of our program.”