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Sparrows Scholarship

“I wanted to, in my own small way, help USC.”

That’s how Darla Moore School of Business alumnus John W. Sparrow  explains the $100,000 gift he’s made to the Moore School that will help generations of accounting students receive the education they need to launch business careers as successful as his own.

The Sparrow Family Endowment Fund will support undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students who are majoring in accounting.  Preference will be given to students who graduated from a Florence County, South Carolina high school.

A Florence County native and Lake City resident, Sparrow graduated from Carolina in 1955 with an accounting degree.  He is a partner in Sparrow and Kennedy Tractor Company and an agent for JWS Properties LLC.  His ties to the Moore School run deep, and are both personal and professional.  “I knew Darla Moore’s father for many years and considered him to be a very good friend,” he says.  “I have a great appreciation for his friendship and for Darla Moore’s contribution to the University of South Carolina.”

Sparrow’s own contribution to the Moore School also reflects his appreciation for the way the school has evolved since Moore made the historic gift that led to its being named in her honor.  “USC already had a good School of Business Administration, but the Moore School has brought it into the 21st century as a world leader,” he says.

The Sparrow Family Endowment Fund will help maintain that tradition of excellence.  “John’s gift represents a generous and thoughtful contribution to the education of both current and future students at the University of South Carolina,” says School of Accounting chair Brad Tuttle. “This substantial gift will provide not only financial assistance but also motivation to achieve during a particularly formative time in the lives of talented young people.  It will help USC compete with schools in our neighboring states to keep South Carolina’s best and brightest right here.”

While its capacity to help keep talented future business leaders here in South Carolina makes the gift a great investment in the future of the state’s economy, Sparrow also hopes it will make a meaningful difference in the lives of individual recipients.  After all, he notes, his own accounting degree from Carolina “has shaped my whole business career.” 

- Written by Leslie Haynesworth