Drowota funds scholarship to honor her parents

Dr. Carol Jean Drowota, professor emerita of English, has established an endowed scholarship in honor of her parents, Walter Charles Cecil and Christine Steinberg Drowota.

Drowota said neither of her parents had a college education, but they valued education and wanted her to be well-rounded in the liberal arts. “I am indebted to my parents not only for my education but also for inspiring me to live a life of always seeking to learn,” said Drowota.

She has supplied a funded scholarship at CSU for years, but wanted to do more, so she has funded an endowed scholarship and joined the Legacy Society, which will supply funding through a deferred pledge from her estate. “I wanted to honor my parents with the scholarship especially when I started giving the funded scholarship. I figured most of what I had had come from them,” said Drowota.

Drowota has had a long career in education. “I went into teaching because I wanted to continue to learn,” she said. “The students had as much to teach me as I did them.”

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston, she taught French and English at the High School of Charleston and at Stall High School. She received her master’s degree from Duke and taught at Longwood College prior to returning to South Carolina to work on her PhD at the University of South Carolina. While working on her doctorate, she taught at both USC and Columbia College.

Drowota’s career at Charleston Southern University began in 1976. She retired from full-time teaching and as chair of the English department in 2009. She continued to teach on a part-time basis until recently.

First priority for the scholarship will be a freshman who is one of the top three students in the high school graduating class from any high school in Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester counties.

Pictured: Bill Ward, executive director of development, Dr. Carol Drowota and Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr., president. Photo by Richard Esposito

Mayna Cosby Endowed Scholarship

Mrs. Mary E. “Mayna” Cosby of Charleston has established the Mayna Cosby Endowed Scholarship for a full-time female student who is a professing Christian and has demonstrated financial need. Cosby is a retired educator and a member of the Board of Visitors and the Legacy Society.

Pictured: Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr., president, and Mary E. “Mayna” Cosby. Photo by Richard Esposito

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