This infographic, first in the 2021 SCICU Infographics series, was sent to all members of the South Carolina General Assembly on February 3, 2021.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Continuing its 65-year relationship with SCICU member colleges and universities, Dominion Energy is increasing its scholarship investment to $100,000 – 100 scholarships worth $1,000 each – for eligible SCICU students beginning fall 2021.
“We are committed to equitable educational opportunities across the communities we serve,” said Rodney Blevins, president of Dominion Energy South Carolina. “Investing in these students can help provide future members of South Carolina’s workforce with the tools they need to succeed.”
“On behalf of SCICU’s member institutions and the students they serve I want to thank Dominion Energy for their generosity and support of independent higher education,” said Jeff Perez, SCICU president and CEO. “We are deeply grateful for this additional scholarship support that helps students attend the private college or university of their choice.”
The Dominion scholarships are available to traditional-age students attending SCICU member colleges and universities who meet the following requirements:
Based on these eligibility requirements, financial aid directors at the 20 SCICU member colleges and universities select students for the Dominion Energy scholarships. The increased scholarship availability will begin with fall semester 2021.
“Dominion’s relationship with SCICU began in 1956 with a donation from South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G),” said Eddie Shannon, SCICU executive vice president. “This $100,000 gift will push Dominion’s total support to students at SCICU campuses to more than $1 million.”
“With this gift Dominion demonstrates its commitment to the future of South Carolina by fostering the students at SCICU member institutions who will become our state’s next generation of leaders,” said Perez.
About Dominion Energy
More than 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and to achieving net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.
Every February, Black History Month is an opportunity to focus on the many achievements and contributions of African Americans. In recognition of Black History Month, I would like to commemorate the brave and dedicated individuals who founded the five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that are SCICU member institutions.
We are all proud of the 150-year history of HBCUs in South Carolina, beginning with Claflin University, founded in 1869 with the mission of offering, for the first time in South Carolina, quality higher education for men and women “regardless of race, complexion, or religious opinion.”
Allen University and Benedict College were both founded one year later. Voorhees College traces its roots back to 1897 and Morris College was established in 1908.
The founders of these HBCUs faced segregation, discrimination and brutal opposition, but they did not waver in their commitment. Buildings may have been burned and faculty, staff, and students threatened, but, owing to their courage, the institutions persisted.
These institutions survived the Great Depression thanks to strong, visionary leaders and generous patrons dedicated to the proposition that all deserve the promise of a brighter future through higher education.
Our HBCUs fueled the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s with a steady stream of well-educated and devoted young men and women who embraced the legacy of courage in the face of injustice they inherited from the founders of these institutions.
Today, our HBCUs are inspiring a new generation of leaders by encouraging them academically to achieve all of which they’re capable and challenging them to advance society with the same passion as those who preceded them.
SCICU joined Governor McMaster, the SC Commission on Higher Education and the SC Technical College System at a press conference advocating an increase in the state lottery’s contribution to needs-based aids, including the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Program.
In his Executive Budget the governor proposed an additional $10 million of lottery funding for Tuition Grants, which would increase the maximum grant from the current $3,600 to $4,380.
Converse College President Krista Newkirk spoke on behalf of SCICU member institutions. She noted that fully 60 percent of South Carolina residents attending private colleges and universities in the state are supported by the Tuition Grants Program. President Newkirk spoke of the many students who have had families stricken by the pandemic, or lost their jobs, and that the increased aid could make all the difference in completing their education.
Zy’Keria Moultrie, a junior at Columbia College, spoke eloquently on behalf of the more than 12,000 students who receive Tuition Grants. She shared her desire to become a nurse and midwife and that increasing tuition grants would put her closer to achieving that dream.
The Senate is moving S.147, which would provide businesses and organizations with temporary protection from lawsuits associated COVID-19. SCICU member institutions that have worked so hard to provide precautions should not be second-guessed in time-consuming and distracting lawsuits.
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South Carolina‘s Independent Colleges and Universities are asking for your help in conveying our gratitude for state supported scholarships and grants for higher education.
Without scholarships and grants, many students could not afford the cost of higher education. South Carolina’s Independent Colleges and Universities would like you to join us in showing our grateful appreciation to members of the General Assembly for their support of merit-based scholarships and need-based grants.
We encourage you to write a personal letter to your state legislators and thank them for their support. Encourage them to invest in the future of South Carolina by funding to the fullest extent possible scholarships like Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, HOPE, and Higher Education Tuition Grants. Regular increases to these programs are needed to keep current with the rising costs of higher education.