Support GSSM

Your tax-deductible gift supports residential financial assistance, summer research experiences, statewide outreach programs for middle school students, and global initiatives.


Why Give to GSSM?

GSSM is a national leader and innovator in STEM education.

GSSM ranks among the top elite public high schools in the country, year after year. We’re expanding our reach throughout the state with our virtual and outreach programs for students of all ages.

South Carolina businesses benefit from having an exceptional local talent base from which to recruit.

GSSM develops the most talented and intelligent students for exceptional career paths in South Carolina and beyond. GSSM functions as a talent incubator, preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

An investment in GSSM is an investment in the people of South Carolina.

A highly motivated and educated workforce stimulates the knowledge economy and entices businesses to move to South Carolina, improving the economic viability of our state.

Ways to Give

Online Giving

Make a secure gift online in just a few minutes.

Donate Online

Recurring Giving

Your recurring gift is a simple, budget-friendly way to make a meaningful impact on current and future Govies. You can set up your recurring gift on a credit/debit card or direct from your checking account.

Set Up a Recurring Gift


Please mail checks to:

GSSM Foundation
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 205
Columbia, SC 29204

Honorary & Memorial Gifts

A gift in memory or in honor of a teacher, student, alumnus, or friend is a meaningful way to recognize a person's life and accomplishments. When an honorary or memorial gift is received, the Foundation notifies the honoree or family and the gift is administered as the contributor specifies. Donors are asked to provide the Foundation with the name and address of those whom you would like notified.

Make an Honorary or Memorial Gift

Endowed Memorial Funds

The GSSM community mourns together when we lose one of our members. A meaningful way to honor someone's life is to make a gift in their memory.

Family members and friends may choose to endow a fund in memory of their loved one(s) that supports a specific aspect of the GSSM experience. Current endowed memorial funds include:

  • Breckin Muzzy Interim Scholarship Fund
  • Patz Fowle Creative Courage Scholarship Fund
  • Class of 2001 Memorial Scholarship Fund 
  • Corey Claytor Scholarship

Establish a Fund


If you would like to establish an endowed memorial fund, please contact GSSM Foundation Executive Director Beth Dinndorf at 803-252-9152 or


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Matching Gifts

Many employers have corporate matching gift programs. Donors can often double their gifts through these programs. Each company has different guidelines, so donors are encouraged to check with their company's personnel or human resources office for the necessary forms.


Donors may wish to pledge over a number of months/years. The Foundation will send an invoice according to the schedule a donor chooses.


The GSSM Foundation accepts gifts of appreciated securities. This type of gift may be tax-advantaged.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Trivia Night

Join us for an evening of virtual trivia and fun hosted by GSSM alum Emmanuel Tedder '04! Tickets are $5 per player, and prizes will be awarded. We will be playing on Zoom; you'll receive the link and login information by email after you register. We recommend using the Zoom desktop client for this event, because you will need to be able to use the chat feature.

Questions? Contact Brigitte Chapman ( or 803-201-9168) or Pam Altman ( or 803-318-8902).

Giving Thanks and Meeting Goals

Thanks to you, we exceeded both our goals! Final totals:
113 gifts

Since we met both goals, we will receive a MATCHING GIFT of $10,000 from an alumnus! Your #GivingTuesday gift had a double impact. Thank you!

Congratulations to our winners!

Bingo: Jo Jhan '15; Alicia Bejarano '20; Bethany Spencer '15; Kiersty Duncan '96; Selen Berkman '16; Angela Crum '96; Brigitte Chapman '94; Robert Lawless '00
Crossword: Peyton Clark '19; Kate Drafts '07; Adam Weaver '00; Mary Beth Bennett '96; Gary Salazar (current parent and faculty); Austin Millwood '20
Drawings: Mike Caldwell; Sarah Driscoll; Tiffany Haigler '96; Tal Heath '90; Tim Hudgens '93; Dr. Nicole Kroeger; Stacy McCloghry; Kristin Murff '00; Emmanuel Tedder '04
GSSM Memories: Bethany Spencer '15; Angela Crum '96
Trivia: 1st - Taylor Buckner '15; 2nd - Sharon Patterson (friend); Bethany Spencer '15; 3rd - Benjamin Williams (friend)


#GivingTuesday is a national day of giving when people around the world come together and give back in a variety of ways. We are thankful that you have chosen to give back to GSSM. This holiday season, we’re reflecting on what makes the Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics so special as we #GiveThanksForGSSM:

Our Students Faculty & Staff Alumni, Parents & Friends Virtual Programs Outreach Summer Research Public-Private Partnerships

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