Travelers Rest couple gifts $1 million to North Greenville University

TIGERVILLE, S.C. — North Greenville University President Dr. Gene Fant Jr. recently announced a $1 million gift commitment made by Travelers Rest residents Dr. and Mrs. T. Walter Brashier to support scholarships for the graduate school.

The program will be known as the Martin Timothy Brashier Graduate Scholars Program, created to provide scholarships to residents of Greenville County or previous graduates of NGU pursuing post-baccalaureate programs in business, education, and ministry. 

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The Brashier gift will be available immediately for cash scholarships to assist with fall 2017 enrollment.

“This is a major act of generosity that can impact the university’s budget positively for the current year to help us spur graduate enrollment,” said Fant. “We all know that scholarships make it possible for students to attend college and assist working adults in continuing their education."

To receive the scholarship, a student must be a resident of Greenville County or graduate of NGU, a first-time graduate student, must have applied and been accepted to a master’s program in business, education, or ministry at NGU, and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.  

The Brashiers have been long-time supporters of NGU, with contributions to the university spanning over four decades. Their first commitment was a downtown office building in the 1970s. Since that time, they have started an undergraduate scholarship fund, supported several capital projects, gave the lead gift to start the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School, and served on several university committees, boards, and councils.  

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The Martin Timothy Brashier Graduate Scholars program is named in memory of the Brashier’s son, who passed away in September of 2012. He was a 1976 North Greenville alumnus and was active in the family businesses, developing residential real estate and running an aviation servicing company.

This gift is the first large contribution received under President Fant since his leadership began on June 1.

NGUs graduate school is currently accepting admission applications for two fall terms beginning Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. Scholarship applications are due July 31 for Fall 1 and Sept. 30 for Fall 2.

For information on NGU’s graduate programs, scholarship guidelines, and online scholarship application form visit

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