Laurens attorney, McAlister, bequeaths $1 million to Clemson

January 28, 2009

CLEMSON, SC – January 28, 2009  — Albert D. McAlister of Laurens is bequeathing $1 million to Clemson University to be used for scholarships.

McAlister is an attorney and partner in McAlister and McAlister Law Firm in Laurens. His bequest is given in honor of his late father, Paul W. McAlister, who was a life trustee of Clemson from 1972 to 1983. A trust in the emeritus trustee’s name supports Clemson’s National Scholars program, which McAlister’s bequest also will support.

“Education is the greatest gift we can give our children. It’s the only thing we can take with us,” McAlister said. “This is a gift not only to Clemson, but to future generations of students.”

McAlister also has supported athletics at Clemson with a $250,000 gift to the Athletic Department’s WestZone campaign.

“Supporting the ‘One Clemson’ idea will inspire others to support both academics and athletics,” said Clemson President James F. Barker. “These gifts are a significant investment in Clemson’s future.”

“Clemson needs support more than ever right now, and I wanted to do my part to ensure that the university is able to continue offering a top-quality education well into the future,” McAlister said.