Reverend Pinckney Scholarship Fund

We do not pretend to understand the pain caused by this unimaginable tragedy. We simply want members of the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church community to know that the burdens of perseverance and empathy, which they have demonstrated with such dignity, do not fall exclusively on their shoulders. We want them to know that others, most of whom do not share their race or religion, who do not come from South Carolina, abhor the injustices from which they have suffered and admire the ways the African-American community has enriched our nation. We honor Reverend Pinckney who so profoundly embodied the values that bind us together as Americans.
— Statement by initial donors, June 26, 2015

The Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Scholarship Fund was started by anonymous donors who committed in excess of $3 million to the Fund. They acted in response to the tragic murders at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church and Charleston’s remarkable response to the shooting. 

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, a nonprofit grantmaking institution serving coastal South Carolina, has been selected to manage the Fund and its companion program, the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program. This scholarship program will promote access to higher education for African American students by awarding scholarships and providing supportive resources.

Please visit for further information about the Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Scholarship Fund.

See July 2015 press release announcing establishment of the Fund


The formation of the Fund was announced on July 2, 2015.