Giving Opportunities for the School of Computing

Gifts from alumni, employees, friends and business partners are vital to the support and success of our computing students, faculty and programs. Your gift could have a direct and lasting impact on scholarship opportunities for students, recruitment of faculty, or funding for research programs.


▼   Scholarships and Endowments

Supporting scholarships or creating scholarships is a chance to invest in a University of South Alabama student and the future of the technology industry. There are a variety of options available to donors who wish to support scholarships for students. A one-time gift can be given or an endowment can be created to ensure your gift continues to support the School in perpetuity. A minimum gift of $10,000 will establish a named endowed scholarship fund. Such a gift may be made through payments extended over a period of time.

To view a list of current scholarships, click HERE, and choose School of Computing.

▼   Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative
A dollar-for-dollar match for undergraduate endowed scholarships is made possible by a matching challenge. At the University’s 50th anniversary celebration, Abraham Mitchell announced the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative as a $25 million matching challenge to honor late President Emeritus V. Gordon Moulton. This initiative serves as an invitation to University alumni, friends, and community partners to have a lasting impact on USA and its students. As a result, USA's endowed undergraduate funds will be permanently strengthened by $50 million. The impact of this unprecedented growth will ensure that access to quality academic programs stays affordable and attainable.
▼   Warren and Kathy Nicholson Matching Challenge for Graduate Scholarships
A dollar-for-dollar match for graduate scholarships is available through the generosity of Warren and Kathy Nicholson and will help the School of Computing to strengthen and grow the graduate program. Gifts and contributions will allow the School to recruit and     retain the best and brightest students into Master’s and PhD programs and will create a pipeline of talented technology professionals.
For additional details, visit Warren and Kathy Nicholson Matching Challenge.

▼   Professorships and Endowed Chairs

Support to create professorships and endowed chair positions is another way in which a donor can impact the School of Computing. Such endowments support and enhance the ability of the School to recruit renowned faculty to teach, conduct research, serve the University, and engage with business and industry partners. Named professorships and chairs are both an honor to the named holder of the appointment as well as an enduring tribute to the donor.

The School of Computing recently received its first ever endowed chair position, the Lawrence Minto Sylvestre Endowed Chair of Computing, given in memory of Lawrence Minto Sylvestre by his sister, the late Dr. Jeanne Sylvestre. Details on this legacy gift may be found at

▼   Room and Building Naming in Shelby Hall
In 2012, USA’s School of Computing moved to Shelby Hall - a 155,000 square foot building which serves as a cornerstone for the campus. This state-of-the-art facility offers classroom and laboratory space, multimedia classrooms, faculty offices, and conference rooms. There are several gift opportunities to name the rooms in Shelby Hall. Plaques outside each room pay tribute to donors and leave a lasting legacy.
▼   Center for Forensics, Information Technology, and Security (CFITS) giving opportunities

Our CFITS outreach center cultivates relationships with business and industry partners to create collaboration opportunities and internships for our students. In addition, our K-12 partner school program is designed to introduce computing at an early age and foster the next generation of students to pursue careers in computing. Opportunities for support of the CFITS program include:

  • Sponsoring our partner schools for “Hands-On Learning Lab Activities” (HOLLA) where whole grade STEM learning activities are offered in the K-12 STEM Learning Lab in Shelby Hall.
  • Offering funding for equipment, facilities, and instructional support to expand the K-12 STEM partner school initiative into other local communities.
  • Funding naming opportunities for the CFITS program, the K-12 STEM Lab, and an endowed directorship.
  • Supporting outreach through funding for the Wednesday cyber security lecture series, research projects, and graduate assistantships.
  • Volunteering to assist with computer lab/classroom instruction.
▼   Planned Giving
  • Securities - Giving stocks, bonds or mutual funds that have increased in value may help you reduce taxes and conserve cash.
  • Retirement plan distributions - These assets can be a practical resource for charitable gifts now or in your long-range estate plans.
  • Life insurance policies - Using life insurance for gifts to University of South Alabama can be a convenient way to make a tax-effective gift.
  • Real estate - An often overlooked resource, real estate can be an excellent way to make a meaningful gift that could enhance your income or generate tax savings.
  • Other items of value (jewelry, artwork, collections, antiques, automobiles, etc.)
  • For more information, please visit or contact Evan Wilks at (251) 414-8064 or
▼   School of Computing Donor Wall

We are grateful for donors and supporters who give at all levels and who make a difference in the lives of our students.  Donors recognized on the School of Computing Donor Wall have reached lifetime giving contributions of $10,000 or greater.

Gold Jaguar Society
Joe and Audrey Shewmake

Silver Jaguar Society

EBSCO Industries
Neil F. Henderson
Warren and Kathy Nicholson
Abraham A. Mitchell
USA Foundation
Bronze Jaguar Society
Les and Alleen Barnett
BBVA Compass
Drs. Matt and Amy Campbell
Dr. Roy J. Daigle and Ms. Kathryn A. Gradle
David and Wei Feinstein
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
Intel Corporation
Mike and Kim Jones
Gordon and Geri Moulton
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Howard Porter
Robert A. Robertson
Sandy and Jean Stimpson
Jyothi and Venkat Thumula
Venture Technologies
Dr. Dennis P. Wilkins
The Yasinsac Family
President’s Council
Alabama Power Foundation, Inc.
CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc.
CTS, Inc.
Dr. and Mrs. Cordell Clay Davidson
Patricia Cobb Elbagoury
Gulf Power Foundation
The John W. Laidlaw Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. James E. Laier
Dr. David D. Langan, III
Larry and Sarah Lilley
Drs. Bart and Gesina Longenecker
Bernard and Barbara Malkove
Dr. J. Todd McDonald
Siemens Digital Industries Software
Anthony Monge
Jim and Dianne Moore
Dr. Harold and Suzanne Pardue
Michael and Patricia Schlotterbeck
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Gopi Yeleswarapu and Kalyani Peri
In Memory of Lothar W. Zenkert 

▼   Resources for Donors

Your interest in giving the gift of opportunity and assisting future technology professionals in pursuing their dream is appreciated. The Development and Alumni Relations Office is dedicated to helping you achieve your goal in supporting the School of Computing at the University of South Alabama. Please visit the Development website or contact any member of our staff to explore giving options.

University Development

Meet the Staff

Evan Wilks
Development Officer, School of Computing
650 Clinic Drive, TRP III, Suite 1500
Mobile, AL 36688
(251) 460-6630