Congressman Clyburn Announces More Than $750,000 in Scholarship Funds for South Carolina State University 

Congressman James E. Clyburn

April 24, U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn announced that South Carolina State University has received $752,632 in National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funding from NIFA’s 1890 Scholarships Program. The program was founded in 2018 and provides scholarships at 1890 land-grant colleges and universities to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training of undergraduate students.

South Carolina State University was one of 19 grant recipients. The funding will support SC State’s 1890 Research and Extension Agriculture Innovation Scholars by providing scholarships to encourage outstanding students to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences and related fields. By developing a highly skilled workforce, the 1890 Scholarships Program helps facilitate rural prosperity and economic development aligning with USDA’s strategic goals.

“I am pleased that South Carolina State University and other land-grant institutions will be receiving funding to support their exceptional students,” said Congressman Clyburn. “These scholarships ensure South Carolina State bulldogs continue to become leaders in agriculture by relieving the financial burden on students while providing them with career development opportunities and preparing them for future careers. This funding is an investment in the future of agriculture.”

Scholarship recipients may be awarded up to $10,000 or a maximum $5,000 towards the cost of tuition, room and board and books, in addition to a complimentary laptop or tablet and access to internship opportunities with USDA agencies. The SC State University 1890 Research & Extension Program is currently accepting applications until Sunday, May 10. For more information or to apply, visit

NIFA’s mission is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. NIFA’s investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global preeminence of U.S. agriculture.



  1. Cee Sweets on April 26, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    I am glad that State is receiving this scholarship money. He has a friend of the school during my freshman year. I served on Gov.West’s College Leadership Conference where we met.
    I have not been enamoured by politics in congress on issues addressing issues affecting the Afrikan community he is soft and neutered on most issues.
    Thanks for this effort though.

  2. Rhudine D. Washingtin on April 26, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you so much for your continued support.

  3. Walter Sumter on April 27, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Could you have someone from your office to call me at 803 496-9004 or 646 477-1448. This is concerning my granddaughter going to college. Please call

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