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PacerLIFE Financial

Financial Support

Research has shown that life beyond high school for individuals with intellectual disabilities (IDs) is dismal. Only 18% of adults with ID are competitively employed1, and their average yearly income is below the poverty line at $10,279.2 Both of those factors directly impact their ability to live independently, with only 20% of adults with ID living in their own home, and a majority living in community-based settings (32%) or with family (36%).3

Completing postsecondary programs is known to improve the quality of life of individuals with ID, with those who attended (not necessarily completed) these types of programs being more likely to be employed and earn higher wages.2

Despite that, the cost of programs like this can prevent some families from participating. With your support, students with ID actually can go to college, live independently, and maintain meaningful employment. 

To invest in a student's future, call Michelle Hodge, gift processor, at 803-641-3518. Checks should list Pacer LIFE in memo line and be made payable to the The Aiken Partnership and mailed to:

University Advancement

471 University Parkway

Aiken, SC 29801

Giving Levels

Pacesetters ($1–$499)

Leaders and initiators, these donors give proudly and inspire others to do the same.

Penland Partners ($500–$999)

Representing all of the founders who gave so generously of their time, talent, and resources to our growing university, Penland Partners give to continue the honor and tradition of UofSC Aiken's forefathers.

Pacer Spirit Society ($1,000–$2,499)

These donors promote the Pacer spirit embodied in the Spirit Horse, which stands proudly at the entrance to our campus.

Stetson Society ($2,500–$4,999)

All institutions have leaders who are innovative and forward-thinking. The Stetson Society applauds those leaders on whose shoulders we stand—making USC Aiken a more progressive university.

Gregg-Graniteville Circle ($5,000–$9,999)

Honoring the legacy of the Gregg-Graniteville Company and its historic emphasis on education, this leadership society recognizes donors who support the advancement of higher education at UofSC Aiken.


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1Siperstein et al., 2013

2Cimera et al., 2018

3Bradley, 2015