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2013-14 Abney and Associates Foundation Scholarship Recipients

About SUSIE MATHEWS ABNEY and ASSOCIATES FOUNDATION

We are pleased to announce the 568 students awarded Abney Scholarships for 2013-14. Congratulations!

Anderson College

Abigail Boltin, Anderson, SC

Amanda Hanley, Anderson, SC

Amanda Thomas, Taylors, SC

Amaris Garcia, Seneca, SC

Amber Schultz, Greenville, SC

Benedict College

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The Citadel

Taylor R. Addison, Mount Pleasant, SC

Zachary Q. Allen, Lake View, SC

Andrew W. Allsbrook, Moncks Corner, SC

Krystal A. Brown, Hardeeville, SC

Charles T. Clark, Mount Pleasant, SC

Claflin University

Michael Allen, Simpsonville, SC

Kashayla Benenn, Williamston, SC

Tara Berry, Piedmont, SC

Ryan Black, Duncan, SC

Clayton Bryant,Jr, Duncan, SC

Claflin University

Elisha Owens, Duncan, SC

Jacari Owens, Greenville, SC

Mayanna Pearson, Greenville, SC

Derrick Quarles, Greenville, SC

Charlie Simms, Greenville, SC

Clemson University

Aline Abderhalden, Central, SC

Brian Adams, Abbeville, SC

Parker Adkins, Lexington, SC

Michelle Arms, Seneca, SC

Isley Arruda, Myrtle Beach, SC

Converse College

Kayla Allen, Laurens, SC

Peyton Allen, Inman, SC

Nakhonepadit Aphaivong, Roebuck, SC

Brittany Ashley, Boiling Springs, SC

Hannah Ashley, Hodges, SC

Converse College

Kayla Allen, Laurens, SC

Peyton Allen, Inman, SC

Nakhonepadit Aphaivong, Roebuck, SC

Brittany Ashley, Boiling Springs, SC

Hannah Ashley, Hodges, SC

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  • South Carolina Association of Non Profit Organizations (SCANPO)
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  • Foundation Center
  • IRS-Tax Exempt Organizations
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About Us

The Abney Foundation, established in 1957 by Susie Mathews Abney, is a private foundation located in Anderson, SC.

The mission of The Abney Foundation is to aid organizations that are operated exclusively for educational, religious, charitable, scientific, and literary purposes. The highest priority is placed on higher education.

  • Who We Are – Trustees, Officers & Staff
  • History
  • Our Founder

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Frequently Asked Questions at The Abney Foundation

FAQ’s

How does an organization apply for a grant?

The grant application guidelines are available by clicking here.

Our organization has applied for, but not yet received our 501(c)(3) exemption letter. Can we still apply?

No. The IRS determination letter must be included with the proposal.

How many copies of proposals are needed?

Only one copy of the proposal is required.

How often does the board meet to review proposals?

The Board of Trustees normally meets once a year, usually in December.

What if the deadline of November 15th falls on a weekend?

If November 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, proposals are due in our office the preceding Friday by 4:00PM.

Does our proposal have to be postmarked by November 15th or in your office by November 15th?

Proposals must be in our office by 4:00PM on November 15th. Please allow ample time for mailing.

How will I know if you have received our letter of intent or grant proposal?

We will respond with an email or postcard within a month of receiving your correspondence.

How do we know if our grant proposal has been approved or not?

If you have notified that your grant proposal is on the list for the Board of Trustees to review, you will receive a letter after the board has met and decisions are finalized. You can expect an answer by the third week in December.

Can we make a presentation to the board?

If more information is needed about your organization’s request, we may call to arrange a visit.

How will I know if you have received our letter of intent or grant proposal?

We will respond with an email or postcard within a month of receiving your correspondence.

How do I apply for an Abney Scholarship?

You can contact the financial aid department at the school directly to see if you qualify.

What colleges/universities have Abney Scholarship programs?

You can see a list here.

About The Abney Foundation

About Us

The Abney Foundation, established in 1957 by Susie Mathews Abney, is a private foundation located in Anderson, SC.

The mission of The Abney Foundation is to aid organizations that are operated exclusively for educational, religious, charitable, scientific, and literary purposes. The highest priority is placed on higher education.

The Abney Foundation is a private foundation, founded in 1957, with offices at 100 Vine Street in Anderson, South Carolina. The Foundation is governed by six trustees.

The Abney Foundation was originally formed in 1957 by Mrs. Susie Mathews Abney, widow of Mr. John Pope Abney, the founder of Abney Mills in Greenwood, SC. At that time, five trustees, including Mrs. Abney, were appointed to govern the trust. The principal office was located in Greenwood, SC. At her death in 1969, Mrs. Abney left a sizeable bequest to The Abney Foundation.

SUSIE MATHEWS ABNEY was the widow of John Pope Abney, the founder of Abney Mills.  Mr. Abney died in 1942, and so Mrs. Abney survived her husband by more than 26 years. Although she preferred to remain in the background where business affairs were concerned, Mrs. Abney, following the death of her husband, nevertheless exercised a strong and benevolent influence over the subsequent development and expansion of Abney Mills from an organization of five textile mills to the large company of 15 plants it is today (at the time of printing, March 1969).

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Our Founder at Susie Abney Foundation

The following article was taken from the March 1969 edition of QUILLS, a monthly newsletter Published by Abney Mills. This is one of our favorite articles and feels that it is a wonderful portrayal of our founder.

SUSIE MATHEWS ABNEY was the widow of John Pope Abney, the founder of Abney Mills.  Mr. Abney died in 1942, and so Mrs. Abney survived her husband by more than 26 years. Although she preferred to remain in the background where business affairs were concerned, Mrs. Abney, following the death of her husband, nevertheless exercised a strong and benevolent influence over the subsequent development and expansion of Abney Mills from an organization of five textile mills to the large company of 15 plants it is today (at the time of printing, March 1969).

She was born in Elbert County, Georgia, a daughter of the late Pierce and Sallie Cade Mathews, but she had lived in Greenwood most of her life.  A loyal member of the South Main Street Baptist Church, she lent generous support to all church activities as well as to various civic enterprises, and she was held in high esteem for her philanthropy and humanitarian efforts.  In 1954 she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from Lander College, and she served her alma mater, Converse College, as a trustee for a number of years.

One of the organizations in which she took special interest was the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood.  For 45 years she served as a member of the governing board of Connie Maxwell, and her acts of benevolence toward this institution are too numerous for this listing.  Dr. Sam Smith, superintendent of the Children’s Home, spoke of Mrs. Abney in this way: “She had a great capacity to love people, and she was especially concerned with the well-being, comfort and happiness of children.”

Mrs. Abney was a person of instinctive good taste.  She appreciated beauty in all its forms, and perhaps this fact accounts for her love of gardening, another of her special interests.  She was a member of Unit One Garden Club in Greenwood, and she held a life membership in the South Carolina Federation of Garden Clubs. She was also a former trustee of the Memorial Garden in Columbia, a project sponsored by the Garden Club of the State in memory of South Carolinians who gave their lives in World Wars I and II.

Those of us who knew Mrs. Abney will always remember her as a kind and gracious woman, ever hospitable in her home, ever thoughtful of her friends, and ever mindful of the needs of others,.  We never heard her speak discourteously of anyone, nor did we ever know her to act in any way which might have been unbecoming to the Southern lady that she was. Mrs. Abney always tried to do the right thing.  In her position as an official of Abney Mills she was often under pressure to do favors for this person or that one, she was often harassed by the strains of business matters, but in the moments of crisis or stress Mrs. Abney relied on a strong and active conscience to help her make decisions, and this reliance served her well. Mrs. Abney was modest and unassuming.  The only picture of herself she would ever permit us to  use in QUILLS was this photograph taken in the garden of her home, and it therefore seems appropriate for use in this page dedicated to her memory. Looking at it now, we can recall her kindly way, her strength of character, and her sincere desire to be of service to others.  We feel that even now her spirit lives on, as calm and self-assured as when we knew her, as happy as she believed she would be, in the company of those whom she had loved and lost awhile.

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E-mail: info@abneyfoundation.org

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Anderson, SC 29621

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Our History

The Abney Foundation was originally formed in 1957 by Mrs. Susie Mathews Abney, widow of Mr. John Pope Abney, the founder of Abney Mills in Greenwood, SC. At that time, five trustees, including Mrs. Abney, were appointed to govern the trust. The principal office was located in Greenwood, SC. At her death in 1969, Mrs. Abney left a sizeable bequest to The Abney Foundation.

The mission of The Abney Foundation is to aid organizations that are operated exclusively for educational, religious, charitable, scientific, and literary purposes. The highest priority is placed on higher education.

To date a total of $50,862,823 has been awarded to various organizations.

2013-14 Abney Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 568 students awarded Abney Scholarships for 2013-14. Congratulations!

Colleges and Universities

Higher education is the primary focus of The Abney Foundation. We are proud to have Abney Foundation Scholarship endowments at fourteen colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina.

The Abney Foundation Scholarship Programs

The Abney Foundation has established scholarship endowments at fourteen colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina. Over $27,000,000 has been awarded to 12,865 Abney Scholars, including 568 students for the academic year 2013-14. The combined endowment balances exceed $38,475,000.

The Abney Foundation makes grants to fund these endowments; however the schools administer the scholarship programs themselves. You may contact the financial aid department at the school you’re interested in to see if you qualify.

Below is a list of schools that have Abney Foundation scholarships:

  • Anderson University
  • Lander University
  • Benedict College
  • Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center
  • The Citadel
  • Presbyterian College
  • Claflin University
  • Tri-County Technical College
  • Clemson University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Converse College
  • Voorhees College
  • Furman University
  • Wofford College

Colleges and Universities