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Foundational Updates March 2021

March 22, 2021

Congratulations to the Kennedys!

We were thrilled to present the 2021 Townes Award to Lou and Bill Kennedy, co-owners of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, on March 17! The Kennedys were honored for their transformational leadership and commitment to empowering future generations of scientists, engineers, and innovators.

The 2021 Townes Award presentation

Pictured above from left: Beth Dinndorf, GSSM Foundation executive director; Bill and Lou Kennedy; Danny Dorsel '90, GSSM interim president

Named for South Carolinian Dr. Charles Townes, whose visionary spirit and pioneering research led to the invention of the laser, the Townes Award recognizes individuals, businesses, and institutions that have transformed South Carolina and the world.

Congratulations, Lou and Bill, and thank you for all you do to transform lives and empower STEM leaders in South Carolina!


With residential, virtual, and day camp opportunities for rising 6th through 10th grade students, GSSM has unique offerings for almost every age and interest. Please spread the word to the aspiring scientists in your life! The online application deadline is May 15.


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