S.C. State University received $170,000 in contributions for scholarships and student recruitment Friday from U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and SCANA Corp.
Clyburn and his wife Emily, both 1961 graduates of the Orangeburg school, donated $70,000 to establish the Emily England Clyburn Honors Scholarship. The Clyburns already have a $1.2 million endowment at the state’s only historically black public college.
SCANA, the Cayce-based parent of electric utility SCE&G, gave $100,000 to aid the university’s student recruitment and retention efforts. Clyburn, D-Columbia, was instrumental in securing SCANA’s contribution, the university said.
The donations signal continued support for S.C. State as leaders work to erase a deficit that had passed $20 million. That deficit resulted when the school failed to trim its budget as its enrollment fell by more than a third.
S.C. State’s new board of trustees has cut $19 million for its budget, including laying off some staff and closing some underused buildings. The school also attracted its largest freshman class in four years this fall.