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Helping Lander University help others: Sandra Calliham, '73, gives back to alma mater through scholarships, estate planning

May 28, 2008
As superintendent of the McCormick County School District, Dr. Sandra Calliham oversees the successful education of hundreds of students filling the district's classrooms each day.
As the creator of two scholarships in her name at Lander University, she is ensuring those same students will have the opportunity to further their education with a college degree.
And now, Calliham, a 1973 graduate of Lander, has gone a step further to support those scholarships by including the university in her estate planning, qualifying her for membership in the exclusive Samuel Lander Society. Her scholarships are earmarked for graduates of McCormick High School who pursue a major in education or health science. Additional criteria include GPA, commitment to completing the program, need and work ethic.
"Lander prepared me to be successful in the professional world," she said. "It empowered me to move forward with my personal goals."
Calliham earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from Lander, followed by a master's degree in education from Clemson University and a doctorate and an MSW from the University of South Carolina. A founding member, past president and current treasurer of the South Carolina Association for Rural Education, Calliham has also given her time and expertise to serve on the steering committee for the U.S. Department of Education's National Dropout Prevention Program and the National Board of Directors for the Association for Standards and Curriculum Development.
As a member of Lander's Board of Visitors, Calliham acts as an ambassador for Lander in her community, providing students and residents with insight into the university and its programs. The scholarships and estate planning, she said, are another way of giving back to the university that helped her reach her goals - and a way of giving future students an opportunity to achieve their own.  
"I feel that it is important to give back to the institutions that have made a difference in your life so that they can continue to make a difference in the lives of others," she said.
Eleanor Teal, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of The Lander Foundation, said the university appreciates Calliham's valuable contribution.  "Sandra's generosity toward the university and its students exemplifies the Lander spirit of helping others," Teal said.
For information on giving opportunities at Lander, including the Samuel Lander Society, contact the Office of University Advancement at 864-388-8350 or visit