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CCU alumnus establishes pre-law endowed scholarship

September 27, 2006

Coastal Carolina University alumnus Timothy Meacham recently made a $30,000 pledge to CCU to establish the Edgar Dyer Pre-Law Endowed Scholarship.

The annual scholarship will be awarded to a rising senior at Coastal who is planning to attend law school. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage recipients to use their legal training to serve the public good. The recipient will be chosen by faculty members from the departments of history and political science. Potential recipients will be designated by the chairs of these departments from a list of candidates meeting the scholarship criteria determined by Coastal's Office of Financial Aid. The Horry County Bar Association will also be represented on the faculty committee.

Meacham, a Conway attorney, was named Coastal's Distinguished Alumnus of 2005. He graduated magna cum laude from CCU in 1979, earning a bachelor's degree in government and international studies. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1982. Meacham served as president of Coastal's Alumni Association in 1997-1998, and he has served on the 15th Judicial Circuit as an assistant solicitor since 2003.

Meacham named the scholarship for one of his Coastal professors, Edgar (Eddie) Dyer, who now serves as university counsel and vice president of university relations. Dyer has been a member of Coastal's political science faculty since 1976. He was the first recipient of the HTC Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award and has also received the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Student Development Award, and he is an honorary inductee of the CCU Athletic Hall of Fame. He has a variety of scholarly publications in the areas of land use law, state and local government, academic freedom and African-American history. He has also been interim dean of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, interim athletic director, and executive director of the Coastal Educational Foundation.