C. Vivian Stringer Endowed Scholarship

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One of the most recognizable names and faces in all of college basketball, C. Vivian Stringer has built an illustrious career highlighted by countless unforgettable moments. With this accomplishment she is sharing company with names such as Pat Summitt, Mike Krzyzewski, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell, Stringer has transformed three programs into national title contenders, become the first coach in men’s or women’s basketball history to take three different schools to the Final Four, including Rutgers in 2000 and 2007, and been a pioneer, visionary and leader during her four decades of success on the hardwood. In an effort to further Coach Stringer's lasting legacy, the C. Vivian Stringer Endowed Scholarship is striving to fund an endowed student-athlete scholarship that will provide financial aid for future women's basketball Scarlet Knights.

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A coal miner’s daughter, Stringer learned a valuable lesson from her parents growing up in the small tight-knit community of Edenborn in western Pennsylvania: “Work hard and don’t look for excuses, and you can achieve anything.” That lesson has stuck with the legendary college basketball coach and has been one of the primary messages she has passed on to the hundreds of players who have stood before her. It’s been her perseverance and strength in the eyes of adversity that has meant the most to the people around her. Stringer prides herself on not only teaching her players the game of basketball but more importantly providing them life lessons that stand the test of time. Stringer has overcome many challenges in her life; the loss of her beloved father at the tender age of 19; in 1982, her only daughter being stricken with spinal meningitis just prior to her Cheyney team’s appearance in the very first Final Four; the sudden death of her beloved husband, Bill, to a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day 1992 and a bout with breast cancer which she kept a secret from nearly everyone in her life. Through it all, Stringer has handled life with dignity and grace rising above the tragedies to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of young women.

Donations will directly support the C. Vivian Stringer Endowed Scholarship

All donations made to the C. Vivian Stringer Endowed Scholarship Fund will support an endowed women's basketball student-athlete scholarship. Coach Stringer has dedicated her life to creating a legacy of integrity, tradition, and pride within her programs and her student-athletes. Future Scarlet Knights will be given the opportunity to receive a first class education at Rutgers University and compete for the Women's Basketball team with the support of this endowed scholarship.

A lifetime of milestones

Stringer has compiled an overall record of 1,055-426, which ranks fifth all-time among NCAA women’s basketball coaching victories. Coach Stringer led her programs to four Final Four appearances and 28 total berths in the NCAA Tournament. Enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in arguably the best class ever in 2009, Stringer joined fellow basketball greats Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton and Jerry Sloan to receive basketball’s ultimate honor. She became just the 11th women’s coach to earn the prestigious honor. A 2001 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Stringer made her sixth appearance on a USA Basketball coaching staff in 2004, serving as an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic Team. Named one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated in 2003, Stringer continues to be one of the most recognized and successful coaches in the game.