Warlick gift will endow four scholarships

$1 million committment establishes Warlick Citadel Foundation Scholars

Andy Warlick, a 1979 graduate who was former chairman of The Citadel Foundation board, will donate $1 million to The Citadel Foundation over the next five years. The funds will be used to endow four scholarships annually to attract the most qualified students who will be named The Anderson D. Warlick Citadel Foundation Scholars.

The four scholarship recipients will be selected each year from the pool of incoming freshmen applicants who demonstrate scholastic and leadership abilities as determined through a rigorous application process consisting of competitive writing assignments and individual interviews with The Citadel's Faculty Scholarship Committee. This prestigious award covers tuition, fees, room and board, books, and uniforms over a four-year period, provided that recipients maintain a 3.0 grade point average at the end of each academic year.

Noting the "very high priority" of student scholarships, Major General John S. Grinalds, President of The Citadel, observed "Scholarships of every type, especially ones that bring the best and brightest students to The Citadel, are one of the most important priorities of the College."

Warlick is the president and CEO of Parkdale Mills Inc. of Gastonia, NC, the world's largest independent producer of cotton and cotton-blend yarns. Since his arrival at Parkdale Mills in 1984, he has mastered every aspect of the industry, from plant management to yarn sales to materials procurement. Along the way, he has also become one of the most respected leaders in the industry, and is considered by many to be among the most dynamic and proactive principals of the new generation.

Renowned for his optimism, enthusiasm, and commitment to innovative ideas, Warlick has brought to his company a new set of rules. "It all goes back to thinking outside the box," he insists. "Just because we've always done something a certain way - that's just not good enough any more. We've got to look forward, not back."

His associates, both within the industry and at his alma mater, are certain to agree. The Anderson D. Warlick Citadel Foundation Scholars are, in many ways, the future of The Citadel and the future of the country. Through his endowed scholarship fund, Warlick passes the torch of innovation to The Citadel Foundation Scholars of the future, once again looking forward, not back.