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About WIPL

Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University (WIPL) was created to transform the lives of students at Coastal Carolina University and to make a difference in the greater community by leveraging the impact of women and their donations of time, talent and resources.

Image of Terri DeCenzo speaking at 2014 Women's leadership ConferenceWIPL was formed in 2007 under the leadership of Coastal Carolina University First Lady Terri DeCenzo (left) with faculty and staff and some of the area’s leading philanthropists and business professionals, all of whom were committed to supporting the University through collective giving and annual donations. The pooled donations provide scholarships to deserving Coastal Carolina University students and support leadership programs and opportunities for women across disciplines.

Since 2007, WIPL has raised more than $1.5 million to use towards its leadership conference, scholarships for CCU students, and a variety of inspiring women lunches and events. WIPL reached a milestone in 2013 when its endowed scholarship fund passed the $100,000 mark, generating enough for a $5,000 annual scholarship; the third WIPL Legacy Endowed Scholarship has been awarded for Fall 2016. In addition, the Mr. Scott Pyle and Dr. Pamela Pyle "Make a Difference" Scholarship has been awarded for four years. A major gift made it possible for two students were able to study global women's leadership at the prestigious Washington Internship Institute.

Since 2010, the Women’s Leadership Conference has featured more than 250 world-class speakers and the Celebration of Inspiring Women has recognized 34 women whose lives have made a significant impact in South Carolina, the nation and the world. The sixth annual Conference and Celebration was held February 10-11, 2016, at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

To learn how you may become involved with WIPL, please contact us by email or call 843-349-5037 or 843-349-2002.

Inside WIPL


Hear from WIPL's first Legacy Endowed Scholar about her CCU experience
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