The $50,000 endowment, which will be given in $10,000 increments for five years, will establish the Sealevel Systems Inc. Annual Scholarship. Subsequent gifts may be added to the fund. Sealevel also has pledged $3,000 per year for five years to fund the scholarship until the endowment is fully established.
Sealevel is a family-owned company in Liberty that develops new products leveraging emerging technology. Founded in 1986, the company provides hardware and software products that enable computer connectivity and control. Many Sealevel employees are Clemson graduates, and the company’s CEO, Tom O’Hanlan, serves on the board of directors of Clemson’s Research Foundation.
“Greenville and its surrounding areas are recognized among the best locations in the nation for engineers,” said Tony Martin, Sealevel director of research and development. “Clemson University is an invaluable asset to the area’s growth as they train the engineers of tomorrow. During the past 25 years, Sealevel has recruited top Clemson engineering graduates and benefited from the university’s state-of-the-art facilities for research and development. Thanks to the continued successes of our partnerships with Clemson, we are excited to offer a new scholarship for electrical and computer engineering students.”
“This gift will be very useful to help us attract great students,” said John Gowdy, undergraduate program coordinator for the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Scholarships are really the key to getting the best students. Clemson is a top school, and gifts like these will advance the university by attracting the most highly qualified minds in the field.”
The Sealevel gift is part of Clemson’s The Will to Lead capital campaign, which aims to raise $600 million to support Clemson students and faculty with scholarships, professorships, facilities, technology and enhanced opportunities for learning and research.
Article originally published on Clemson University News Room. By Taylor Reeves