Published on October 31st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Clyburns Establish Honors Scholars Program
SCANA Donates $100k to University
ORANGEBURG, S.C. – SC State University will soon award more scholarships to exceptional scholars following the generous contribution presented Friday to the university from two notable alumni. The state’s only publically assisted Historically Black University will also have funding to market and promote the university’s stellar academic programs to prospective students for the 2016-17 academic year.
Congressman James E. Clyburn and his wife, Emily, have provided $70,000 in support to their alma mater to benefit the James E. and Emily E. Clyburn endowment and to establish the Emily England Clyburn Honors Scholarship program. The couple, who are both 1961 graduates, made the announcement during a press conference held on campus. Both the Congressman and his wife have continuously supported the university’s fundraising efforts.
Funding from the gift will be used to support seven Clyburn scholarships at $10,000 each. The scholarships will be awarded, through the Honors College, to three freshmen entering the Honors College in the 2016-17 academic year, two in the following academic year, and two for students who will begin their studies in 2018.
“We are extremely pleased to accept this generous contribution from Mr. and Mrs. Clyburn. Congressman James Clyburn and Miss Emily, his wife, continue to give unselfishly to South Carolina State University. The Emily England Clyburn Honors Scholarship program assures that the Clyburn’s legacy, as champions of education and as unwavering supporters of SC State, will forever leave an indelible mark at the university, ” said Interim President Dr. W. Franklin Evans.
Following the Clyburn’s presentation, the SCANA Corporation announced it would gift $100,000 to the university. Congressman Clyburn was instrumental in securing the contribution to the university.
The monies from the Cayce, South Carolina-based energy company will support university marketing and communications recruitment and retention initiatives for the upcoming academic year.
“SCANA is a longstanding partner with SC State University. The $100,000 gift from the company will certainly assist the university in expanding our brand and telling the incredible story of how SC State University is transforming lives and inspiring greatness,” said Dr. Evans.
Founded in 1896 as a land grant institution with a mission of providing service to the citizens of the state, South Carolina State University has evolved from a small teachers’ college into a major University center of learning and research. Located in Orangeburg, S.C., with a student population of some 3,000, South Carolina State offers more than 50 different fields of study on the undergraduate and graduate levels. South Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.