International Paper has been a vital participant in the history and growth of Coastal Carolina University.
In 1961, members of the Horry County Higher Education Commission and the Coastal Educational Foundation agreed that it was time to move Coastal Carolina Junior College from Conway High School to a campus suitable for institutional growth. Soon thereafter, International Paper, in collaboration with Burroughs Timber Company, donated a 185-acre tract of land between Conway and Myrtle Beach for a permanent site of the campus. A major fundraising drive raised $317,000 for construction of the first campus building, later named the Edward M. Singleton Building.
New York-based International Paper is the largest and most broadly based producer of printing and writing papers and packaging products in the world. The International Paper Company Foundation is dedicated to supporting communities where International Paper employees live and work. In 1994, more than half of the $1.5 million awarded by the International Paper Company was presented to higher, secondary, minority, adult and economic education. Through the EDCORE (Education and Community Resources) program, the International Paper Company Foundation awarded more than $650,000 to 45 school districts in 14 states during the 1995-1996 academic year.
International Paper was recognized during Coastal Carolina University's 1996 Founders Day convocation. International Paper was the first corporate recipient of the Founders' Medallion.