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Clemson Alumnus Initiates Scholarship Fund

Computer science and computer engineering students at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., will be the beneficiaries of a campaign to raise up to $1.4 million in scholarships.Marvin Pinson, a 1946 textile engineering graduate, and his wife, Jerry Lee, now deceased, established the Marvin J. Pinson Jr. Scholarship Endowment with an initial donation of $277,000 to fund scholarships for students in computer science or computer engineering. An additional bequest by Pinson of up to $600,000 has also been committed to the fund.Pinson is leading a campaign to raise a matching $500,000 for the fund by June 2001. The former textile executive has observed firsthand the importance of computer technology to the textile industry.Computer technology is one of the most important disciplines for the growth of the South and especially for South Carolina, said Pinson, who spent most of his career with Burlington Industries, retiring from his position as group vice president in 1988. If we are to attract industries in the computer-related fields, there must be highly qualified men and women available to support these high-tech needs.

November 2000