Champions for the Converse Annual Fund: The Impact of Giving
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Champions for the Converse Annual Fund: The Impact of Giving

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Alumnae involvement and support comes in many forms, spanning many generations. It is the lifeblood of Converse College, paving the way for students of today and tomorrow. Converse celebrates these inspiring women and the many others who proudly propel their alma mater forward.

Photo of Melissia BrennanMelissia Heatherly Brannen ’03

Why she supports the Converse Annual Fund: “As a first-generation college student, I credit Converse College for teaching me the importance of community and giving back. We as young alumnae can make an important impact on our alma mater.

My goal since graduation has been to offer an energetic and enthusiastic YES to every opportunity and need because this spirit builds Converse’s success. It is both fun and meaningful to make a difference for my future Converse sisters.”

Annemarie Sheehan Fortier ’92

Why she supports the Converse Annual Fund: “My years at Converse encouraged me to pursue my independence. With travel abroad and tailored independent study, I gained confidence in myself that carried me around the world and through challenging professional environments.

Now living in California, it is difficult to return to South Carolina regularly. But we have managed to organize alumnae events here and I look forward to another West Coast get together next year.”

Photo of Emmaday Seymour with daughter JaneEmmaday Collins Seymour ’64

Why she supports the Converse Annual Fund: “Family foundations are a personal and deeply meaningful avenue for making a positive difference for organizations like Converse College. The Seymour/Collins/Holliday family has benefitted from Converse for three generations. Providing our collective support through the Seymour Foundation enables us to make a broad impact that goes beyond annual support by expanding the college’s capacity to create new programs and build new initiatives into the curriculum.”