A true Gamecock family, David, Lynn, and their son, Stephen have all attended The University of South Carolina. The Wythe family's story began when David, a business student, and Lynn, a nursing student, met their junior year of college. The pair dated for about two years before happily marrying shortly after graduating. As alumni, the couple has been devoted fans of Gamecock sports, cheering from the stands for their favorite team and enjoying attending games with old college friends. This winter, David and Lynn deepened their commitment to UofSC with the establishment of The David and Lynn Wythe Nursing Endowed Scholarship Fund.
"Take a moment and imagine our lives without nurses. We are intimately caring for our communities from before birth to the end of life" - Lynn Wythe
While deciding how to handle their estate, the couple completed an exercise where
they listed their top priorities for what they wanted to support and how they wanted
to be remembered. The top three on their list were family, church, and the College
of Nursing. As a registered and practicing nurse for over 40 years, Lynn is a passionate
advocate of the nursing field. "Take a moment and imagine our lives without nurses.
We are intimately caring for our communities from before birth to the end of life.
We are caregivers, educators, mentors, comforters, partners, encouragers and life-long
learners," says Lynn. As a two-time College of Nursing Alumna (BSN '81, MSN '88),
Lynn reflects on her time as a student fondly. When asked about her favorite memory
from her BSN years, Lynn said, "Oh, this is a fun one!" before answering, "The best
moment was learning that I was moving into the upper division in the undergraduate
program and then going shopping for my nursing "things": my stethoscope, garnet and
white pinafores and white nursing uniform. It was in that moment that I realized the
career that I had dreamed of since I was a young girl was within my reach."
As parents, David and Lynn have always encouraged their son "to bloom wherever you are planted". Through The David and Lynn Wythe Nursing Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Wythe's are able to provide opportunities for nursing students to bloom. "We hope the recipients of the scholarship can focus on their dream of becoming a nurse and fulfill that dream with our help," says Lynn.