Neal Brothers Scholarship
Growing up in Sumter, S.C., Wilfred Neal never thought about attending USC or studying accounting until an older friend encouraged him to do both. That advice put Neal on a path to professional success in a field he enjoyed, led his younger brother Edwin to follow in his footsteps, and instilled in both of them a love of the university and a deep appreciation for the Moore School’s ability to recognize and nurture future business talent.
“Neither of us would be where we are today without our USC education,” said Wilfred Neal, who, after a 28-year career with Duke Energy, is now CFO for the United Way of the Central Carolinas in Charlotte.
It was, added Edwin Neal, who is group controller for Community Bank at Wells Fargo, the quality of instruction they received in the business school that really made a difference. “When they saw something in you, they tried to bring it out,” he said. “We were prepared for leadership and life, not just for a job.”
Wanting to create similar opportunities for students from the Sumter area and beyond, the Neal brothers have established a generous scholarship fund that will help make a Moore School education possible for qualified undergraduate and graduate students regardless of their financial situation.
“We’ve always wanted to do this,” said Wilfred Neal, “because we know there are a lot of students who can’t afford college without help.”
“We want others to be able to experience what we did,” Edwin Neal said. “We were raised to see education as a way to better not just yourself but your community. So we don’t want financial concerns to be a barrier to any student’s chance for a good education.”
Supporting Moore School students, the Neals believe, offers a particularly good return on investment. “The Moore School prepares leaders,” Edwin Neal said. “It trains students to compete in the business world with graduates from anywhere.”
And, he added, alumni, who know the value of a Moore School education, are particularly well positioned to keep that legacy of excellence alive. “To make sure the school can continue to attract the best students and faculty, we should give back,” he said.
That, his brother noted, does not necessarily entail making a big up-front commitment.
“It doesn’t have to be a large gift. You can start small,” Wilfred Neal said. “Even small contributions can lead to big things. The key is to give to the Moore School so they can keep putting out the quality students they do.”
- Written by Leslie Haynesworth