W.N. Looper Award

The W.N. Looper Award was established to provide financial support for College of Charleston undergraduate students majoring within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to complete a summer internship with United States Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. A total of $4000 will be awarded to one student. The award may be used to support the student's living expenses during their time in Washington, D.C. The recipient will be selected based on the established criteria and responses to the essay questions describing the impact this opportunity would have in reaching their educational and career goals.

A native of Florence, South Carolina, W.N. Looper was a decorated veteran of World War II who served in both the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. After the war ended, he attended the College of Charleston, joining Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Newberry College, but always considered the College as his true alma mater and was delighted when both of his daughters chose to attend the College as well. He became a beloved teacher and coach in Florence, SC, and later in Pickens, SC. Upon his retirement, Coach Looper was inducted into the Pickens High School Athletics Hall of Fame and the baseball field was named for him. His daughter, Ann Looper Pryor '83, and her husband, Greg Pryor, endowed this award in his memory to encourage South Carolina students attending the College to pursue careers in public service.

Internship award requirements include:

  • Freshman, sophomore, or junior student majoring within the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • South Carolina resident
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Serve at least four weeks (minimum) in an internship with a member of the U.S. Congress (Senate or House)
  • Verified financial need
  • Participate in approved housing options*: Thompson-Markward Hall (women-only) or International Student House (co-ed)* If a student is looking to secure their own housing option, this must be discussed and approved prior to receiving the award.
The application for the 2020-2021 award is open. Applications are due October 15, 2020. All application materials must be turned in on time.