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Friends of Chip Egan Scholarship


Dear fellow Clemson Players and Clemson Alumni,

I recently had the pleasure to return to our alma mater for the first time in more than 27 years for Homecoming Weekend. I had an unforgettable experience reconnecting with former faculty members, fellow Clemson comrades, and current students.

During my visit, I toured the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. It was amazing to see a facility where Clemson students can perform and assist professional touring productions. I also had the opportunity to tour Daniel Hall, our old performance site, which is now a physics lab. I’m pleased to see that Clemson has invested greatly in the performing arts on campus and provided a state-of-the-art facility for students to pursue their degrees and passions.

I graduated with a geology degree from Clemson. Theater was a passion I pursued as an extracurricular activity before obtaining my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. Today, Clemson students are fortunate to pursue a degree in the performing arts. It’s a wonderful major that ensures students are well-rounded and prepared to enter the entertainment industry with an understanding of all aspects of the performing arts – from the box office to the stage to the sound board.

This major has grown in stature and size in the last 15 years. Unfortunately, Chair of the Performing Arts Department David Hartmann loses out-of-state prospective students each year, as they are unable to afford Clemson tuition without financial assistance. David’s resources are limited. It is to this end that I have agreed to help David and the wonderful staff in the performing arts department secure more funding for student scholarships. Perhaps the most cherished moment of my trip was being able to connect again with my mentor and our former director, producer, and friend, Chip Egan. I would like to honor my mentor and create a scholarship in his name. This scholarship would provide critical funding for David to award to deserving students who want to pursue the passion we enjoyed in our time at Clemson.

I have donated a lead gift to Clemson University to help establish the Friends of Chip Egan Scholarship. I’m asking you to join me in honoring Chip and helping future thespians to pursue their craft at Clemson University.

You can make a contribution online using the link above or by mailing a donation (checks should be made out to "Clemson University Foundation") to Director of Development, Rachelle Beckner, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, SC 29631.

If you have any questions or would like to talk about this effort in more detail, please reach out to Rachelle at 304-741-4476 or

All In, All Orange, All the Time!

James Michael Tyler

Actor, Clemson Alumnus, and Gunther from Friends

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