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Published on May 2nd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Two SC State Students Receive $1,000 AgSouth Scholarships

Pictured l-r: Dr. Stacey Settle, assistant to the dean for Recruitment and Student Services; Dr. Barbara Adams, interim dean of the School of Business, Ronnie Summers, regional president of AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA; scholarship recipients, Alexandria James and Antonio Grant; Lisa Peden, director of AgSouth Human Resources; and Dr. Haile Selassie, interim chair of the Department of Accounting, Agribusiness and Economics

ORANGEBURG, S.C.- Two SC State University students, Alexandria James, a senior agribusiness major from Columbia, S.C and Antonio Grant, a sophomore economics major from Greenville, S.C., are recipients of the AgSouth Farm Credit ACA annual scholarship.

On Thursday, April 3, Ronnie Summers, regional president of AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA and Lisa Peden, director of Human Resources, formally presented the $1,000 scholarships to each student.

The AgSouth Farm Credit, ACA annual scholarship was awarded to James and Grant for their academic achievement as students in the university’s School of Business. The scholarship will be used toward their tuition fees for the 2014 fall academic term.

The scholarship, said James, will help to direct her focus on her studies, which is a priority.

“I am able to concentrate on what is most important to me, and that is my education,” she said.

As a member of the SC State University Honors College, she maintains a 3.5 grade point average and maintains memberships in the Golden Key International Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.

James dedicates her free time giving back to the local community by volunteering with Felton Laboratory School. In Columbia, she volunteers with the Harvest Hope Food Bank. On campus she shares her theatrical talents as a member of the Henderson-Davis Player, and she helps to make student life much more rewarding for her peers by assisting the Campus Activity Board.

Grant is thrilled to have received his scholarship, which he said will encourage him to do better academically.

“I am so grateful for this scholarship because it motivates me to work even harder to keep up my grades,” he says.

Outside of being a presidential scholar, Grant stays actively involved around campus as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Each year, AgSouth awards several scholarships to juniors and seniors in agricultural economics or in any other agriculture or forestry-related major accompanied by a business minor. Recipients must have a 2.75 grade point average or above and show potential for academic achievement, leadership, character and ability to succeed in the field.

AgSouth Farm Credit ACA has also provided internships to SC State students in the past and will provide those opportunities in the future.

“AgSouth Farm Credit has been a supporter of the business program for many years. We are appreciative of the opportunities that AgSouth will provide for our students,” says Dr. Barbara Adams, interim dean for the School of Business.

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