By Courtney Hammett ’19 Just weeks after graduating with a B.S. in Biochemistry, Ashley Thompson ’18 (Nisbet Honors) began doing cancer research for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded Ashley $20,000 through the Undergraduate Scholarship Program in her senior year. A stipulation is that for each year…
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Valentina Aparicio of Germany holds her Converse scholarship award packet

Thanks to one remarkable alumna, Tina Rohner ’07, Converse is providing a four-year scholarship for an international tennis player beginning in the fall of 2018. Valentina Aparicio, an 18-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will join the Valkyries tennis team and major in math and physics. “Creating this scholarship is a great opportunity for me to…
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English Grad Celeste Kahn

English major Celeste Kahn ’13 didn’t let her introverted nature stop her from making a difference in the lives of students at Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC). She began her position as the Director of Development for the Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation in June 2016. Since then Celeste has helped provide scholarships, state-of-the-art learning resources,…
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Hilary Koss Neil deGrasse Tyson

The week I began talking with Hilary Koss about her time at Converse and her role at National Geographic was a hectic one for her. Her email response to my request for an interview was, “Of course! I’m a bit tied up this week…I need to mentally prepare myself to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson, like…
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writing center

A generous gift from Emily Jones Rushing ’73 and her husband, Hugh, will support Converse College’s Writing Center in Mickel Library. Rushing spent a great deal of time in Mickel Library while earning her BA in Comparative Literature at Converse. She hoped to snag a role as editor for the student-run newspaper ‘The Conversationalist’ but…
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Over the last four years at Converse, Carson Rehn ’17 bathed elephants, groomed horses, and handled sharks and stingrays. While it has taken a half a century to get her here, Carson isn’t a Converse II student—she’s a legacy. A legacy student is the daughter or granddaughter of a Converse alumna. Carson is what you…
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Karen Strange MMFT

A stay-at-home mom turned therapist, Karen shares how relationships at Converse shaped her career.

Ellen Lanford Asheman

Ever since giving her first gold coin to Converse at Commencement in 1985, Ellen Lanford Asherman has increasingly valued her Converse education – and has increasingly invested in building that value for today’s young women. Freshly minted with a degree in Business Administration and finance, Ellen began her career in Atlanta as one of only…
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Grace Frazor and Brandi Icard

Fort Worth, Texas, is a long way from Spartanburg, but Converse is so close to Brandi Icard’s heart that she recruited a student there to find her voice at Converse, too. Icard earned her master’s in music from Converse in 2004 before moving to Texas, where she taught high school and performed with the Fort…
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Rainey Amphitheater

Breathing new life into historic materials from Spartanburg’s textile mill heritage, the new Rainey Amphitheater at Converse College was dedicated over the summer of 2016. Spartanburg community member Nancy Rainey Crowley led the effort to save building materials from Clifton Manufacturing Company No. 2 Mill, which was built in 1888 by Converse founder Dexter Edgar…
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