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2019 Competitive Grants & Awards Program

Updated: Mar 24

The Clemson Community Foundation has announced its competitive grants and awards program for 2019. Nonprofit organizations providing services in the greater Clemson community, to include Central, Pendleton and Six Mile, are invited to submit proposals for funding by completing the application form now available on the Foundation’s website.


Applications should be completed and forwarded electronically to Dr. Debbie Jackson at debrajackson1@gmail.com. The Foundation plans to award a total of $31,000 in grants this

year. All proposals must be received by June 21, 2019 by 5 o’clock p. m. The maximum grant amount is $5,000 per proposal. Grant winners will be selected by late summer and funds will be awarded at the Foundation’s annual banquet in October.

In 2018, the Foundation granted a total of more than $30,000 to Clemson Child Development

Center, Clemson Community Care, Clemson Free Clinic, Family Promise of Pickens County,

Feed a Hungry Child, Littlejohn Community Center, Pickens County Advocacy Center, Rebuild Upstate, and Safe Harbor.


New Members Strengthen Board Corey Brookover, Harold Cheatham, Jack McKenzie, Bryant Smith, Katherine Sosebee, and Linda White have joined the Clemson Community Foundation’s board to fill unexpired seats and expand the board’s membership.





Brookover is a native Virginian and a graduate of the University of Virginia. A former elementary school teacher, she currently teaches Non Profit Leadership at Clemson University. She and her husband Bob are the parents of ten-year-old Finn.


Cheatham was the founding dean of Clemson University’s College of Health, Education and Human Development and is professor emeritus at his alma mater, Penn State. He earned his master’s degree from Colgate University and his Ph. D. from Case Western Reserve University. He is a published authority on multicultural counseling theory and the psychosocial development of African Americans in US higher education.


McKenzie recently retired from Clemson University where he worked for nearly forty years, most recently as senior director of special events for development and alumni relations. An event planning consultant, he is a past president of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity which he serves as a member of its national board of directors.


Smith is president and CEO of Smith Consulting And Networking, a consulting and training firm offering guidance on recruiting, training, and retention to individuals, businesses and educational institutions. He also serves as editor-in-chief of My Click Urban Voice, a news and narrative platform for people who live, work and want to connect with urban lifestyles.

Clemson native Sosebee works in commercial business development following a decade in luxury retail in Atlanta and New York. An accomplished actress, she is president-elect of the Clemson Rotary Club and serves as a deacon at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson.


White served as Clemson University’s first head volleyball coach. She also served as the University’s associate athletics director for community relations. White was a founding member of the City of Clemson’s Sports Council. She earned degrees from North Greenville College, Winthrop, and Clemson.


The Clemson Community Foundation was established in 2013 to increase awareness of and financial support for nonprofit charitable organizations serving the greater Clemson community. Since then, through the generous support of our neighbors, the Foundation has returned more than $100,000 back to the community.

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