Foundation pledges $1 million to boost SC State enrollment - - Columbia, South Carolina

Foundation pledges $1 million to boost SC State enrollment

South Carolina State received a much needed financial boost on Thursday.

The South Carolina State Foundation pledged $1 million to help the university bring in and maintain students for the 2014-15 academic year.

"We are extremely grateful to the SC State University Foundation for this monumental commitment to the success of the university and its students," said SC State President Thomas Elzey. "This is the time when students and their parents are making their final decisions about where to go to college. For many of them, that final decision comes down to whether they have the money or not." Elzey said.

According to Elizabeth Mosely-Hawkins, the university's public relations director, the pledge from the foundation is one of the largest made in recent history.

During their June meeting, SC State's Board of Trustees learned that many students who have been accepted to the university have not committed to attend and have not paid orientation deposits due to a lack of funding to secure class schedules. SC State Vice President for Enrollment Management Betty Boatwright said students would attend if the university offered assistance to close the financial gap. She also reminded the board that the university is still competing with other institutions for these students' commitments.

"These days, students have choices," Boatwright said. "It's important that prospective students and their parents know that SC State has the best offerings and is committed to doing whatever it takes to help its students get a quality college education."

As of June, more that 6,000 students turned in applications to attend SC State and more than 2,400 of those students have been accepted.

SC State is still facing budget cuts to help close the gap in an impending shortfall. The university recently asked the state for a $6 million loan.

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