Gift establishes Leonard Service Scholars program
Donald D. Leonard
CCU students have long been known to contribute their time and talents to community service initiatives, and a new scholarship program will now reward those efforts. Myrtle Beach resident and real estate developer Donald D. Leonard is donating $15,000 each year to establish and support the Leonard Service Scholars program, which will formally recognize students who are dedicated to serving their communities.
“Don Leonard’s commitment to Coastal Carolina University, our students, and community service is to be highly commended,” said CCU President Michael T. Benson. “Serving others must remain at the forefront of what we do as a society. The Leonard Service Scholars program is a wonderful way to recognize our students for their exemplary community service efforts. The University is grateful for Don’s generosity, thoughtfulness, and support of our students.”
The Leonard Service Scholars program will be administered by CCU’s Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences. There will be four scholarships for each of the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. Each class of scholars will be comprised of 12 students, with each student receiving a $1,000 scholarship.
“As we honor our athletes and give special recognition to our scholars, we also need to recognize our students who devote so much time and energy to community service,” Leonard said. “When I realized that Coastal Carolina did not have a way to reward the many students volunteering in our surrounding communities, I wanted to develop a program to let them know how much we appreciate their service.”
Leonard is president of Leonard, Call & Associates Inc. He is a Life Trustee at Wake Forest University, where he received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, and served on the Deacon Club board of directors. In 1997, he received the Order of the Palmetto for public service, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.