SCICU August fundraising focus: Discretionary Scholarship Program
In the last several months, SCICU has been busy working to increase the state-funded merit scholarships and Tuition Grants Program, as well as raising funds for other scholarship programs.
We have had much success in these areas, but now need your generous financial support in helping our most economically vulnerable students. The
SCICU Discretionary Scholarship Program is specifically designed to help these students. A seemingly small financial difficulty—just a few hundred dollars—can be the insurmountable roadblock that results in a struggling student dropping out.
Our campuses use SCICU Discretionary Scholarship Program funds to help their students address an unexpected financial need so they can continue to benefit from an independent college education. Every dollar raised goes into the program and, as always, the entire amount will be tax-deductible.
We now have less than 30 days remaining to meet our Discretionary Scholarship Program annual fundraising goal of $100,000.
Please click here to donate to the SCICU Discretionary Scholarship Program.
Federal Update - Some good news for grant programs
President Trump signed a
sweeping two-year budget agreement on Aug. 2 that lifts the federal borrowing limit and increases spending. The threat of default was removed for the 2020 elections, and the new law suspends the debt ceiling through July 2021.
some good news for higher education in this agreement, specifically related to increases in federal grant programs.
SCICU president tapped for Governor's Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Governor Henry McMaster announced his appointees on Aug. 1 for the South Carolina Census 2020 Complete Count Committee. SCICU President & CEO Jeff Perez is among the South Carolinians asked to serve on this committee
“SCICU is proud to support important state and community initiatives,” said Perez. “With more than 30,000 South Carolinians attending or working at SCICU member colleges and universities, it is important to make sure they are counted.”
Claflin University Names Dr. Dwaun Warmack as ninth president
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (courtesy
claflin.edu) -- Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack began his leadership as the ninth president of Claflin University on Aug. 1. The institution's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Warmack as president of Claflin University, the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in South Carolina.
“My aspiration is to honor President Tisdale’s amazing legacy by continuing the Claflin standard as a beacon of excellence in higher education for future generations to come," said Warmack. "I am humbled by the opportunity afforded me to carry the torch and to continue the growth and development of Claflin University as a dynamic and powerful center of scholarship, research and education.”
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.
SCICU thanks the following Business Partners for their renewals:
SCICU is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). This organization, comprised of 33 member organizations in 32 states, serves close to 900 higher education institutions and 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.
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