Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is establishing a new education scholarship in memory of Harold Waters, who passed away June 20.

“Dr. Waters loved Southern Wesleyan University and the education students,” said Sandra McLendon, dean of the university’s School of Education. “He always strived to represent our principles of “Christian Ethic of Care” toward self, toward colleagues, toward community, and toward the students and worked diligently to instill our graduates with these values.”

In addition to his years of service to SWU (most recently as a professor of education), Waters devoted 33 years of his career to the public schools of South Carolina, serving as a regular education teacher, special education teacher, and an administrator. In April 2009, he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by SWU.

McLendon added that, since Waters generously supported SWU with his time, his loyalty, and his financial gifts, the scholarship would be “an amazing tribute” that will carry on his legacy at the university.

The Dr. Harold M. Waters Memorial Endowed Education Scholarship will support a special education major and has a designated grade point average of 2.75