Volume 15 | Issue 4
April 25, 2023
April 2023 News and Notes
The best 18 hours
Message from SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez
Jeff Perez, Ph.D.
SCICU President and CEO
Last week we finished what I think are the best 18 hours at SCICU.

Higher Education Day at the S.C. State House
Gov. Henry McMaster (at podium) addresses students at the Joint Higher Education Day held April 19 at the S.C. State House.
Thanking members of the General Assembly and Gov. Henry McMaster for their continued strong support of need-based financial aid, including S.C. Tuition Grants, was the primary mission of more than 100 students and campus staffers at the State House during Higher Education Day on April 19.

Photo highlights - Higher Education Day
SCICU President Jeff Perez (at podium) is surrounded by a sea of SCICU students wearing their school colors and RED "Thanks for My Tuition Grant!' stickers.
Take a photo journey through Higher Education Day with SCICU students as they visit with their Senators, Representatives, and Governor McMaster.

'Thanks for my Tuition Grant!'

SCICU Higher Education Day featured speaker Kylah Montgomery
Benedict College junior Kylah Montgomery (at podium) was SCICU's featured student speaker at Higher Education Day.
Kylah shared with Gov. McMaster (left), members of the General Assembly, fellow S.C. higher education students (in audience), and the media the importance of the Tuition Grants program to her education at Benedict College.

SCICU celebrates nearly two decades of Excellence In Teaching awards
Faculty, family members, and friends of independent higher education from across South Carolina joined SCICU April 18 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center to celebrate nearly two decades of Excellence In Teaching faculty awards.

SCICU students say 'Thanks for my Tuition Grant!' more than 7,100 times to S.C. House and Senate members in 2023
Limestone University Interim President Monica Baloga (left, standing, in brown and ivory) helped out with the Limestone 2023 Tuition Grants student letter-writing campaign.
Tuition Grant recipients at SCICU’s 21 member colleges and universities joined forces to send more than 7,100 thank-you letters to members of the South Carolina General Assembly during the 2023 session.

South Carolina legislative update
Last week the state Senate took just two days to finish up their version of the state budget.

Federal update
FAFSA "Simplification?"
Is it really going to be simpler?

SCICU College/University Campus News 

SCICU presents news from its 21 member colleges and universities. Click here to read college news in the newsroom on the SCICU website.

The following is a sampling of recent news from SCICU campuses:

Allen University

Anderson University

Benedict College

Bob Jones University

Charleston Southern University

Claflin University

Coker University

Columbia College

Columbia International University

Converse University

Erskine College

Furman University

Limestone University

Morris College

Newberry College

North Greenville University

Presbyterian College

Southern Wesleyan University

Spartanburg Methodist College

Voorhees University

Wofford College

Click below to access important information from each of the SCICU member colleges and universities:

The SCICU Business Partners program provides a convenient marketplace in which SCICU member colleges and universities can preview offerings tailored to the needs of the higher education community in South Carolina.
Allegiance Industries is a facilities management provider to educational institutions specializing in janitorial, electrical, and security services.

PVC Fittings Online (PVCFO) is a leading online supplier of PVC valves, PVC pipes, PVC fittings and plumbing supply. PVCFO began in 2011 and is home to thousands of products that we buy on a large scale to bring you the lowest prices possible. 

Thanks to its 422,000 employees, Sodexo provides catering, facilities management, employee benefits and personal home services to 100 million consumers daily in 53 countries.

SCICU Business Partners: Renewing

SCICU thanks the following business partner for their renewal:

Directory - Click here for a complete list of SCICU Business Partners.
School counselors, parents, family members, and friends - It's CRUNCH TIME for college decisions!

The SCICU College Guide is the BEST online tool for making the college decision EASY!

The SCICU College Guide is the best ONE-STOP resource for campus tours, admissions, scholarships, campus life, sports, and more at SCICU's 21 member colleges and universities.

Click here to download your copy of the SCICU College Guide today! Please share it with friends and family, too!
SCICU Calendar of Events



SCICU is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). This organization, comprised of 35 member organizations in 33 states, serves more than 1,000 higher education institutions and over 3 million students across the United States. The organization and staff are dedicated to helping private higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through collaboration.

All SCICU member colleges and universities have access to CCCS's national contracts and services. More information on this important benefit may be found here.
News & Notes is published by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. Please send all comments or questions to SCICU President & CEO Jeff Perez at [email protected] or 803-799-7122. Mailing address: PO Box 12007, Columbia, SC 29211.