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SC State University Foundation History


On March 16, 1971, a group of prominent citizens of the State of South Carolina held the first of a series of meetings to organize a foundation to benefit South Carolina State College. Namely, those individuals were: John D. Bates, M. Maceo Nance, Jr., and Nonie L. Smith. The group, subsequently, petitioned the Secretary of the State of South Carolina for incorporation as the South Carolina State College Educational Foundation, a non-profit, eleemosynary corporation whose purpose was:

“To build an Educational Fund to be expended by the directors in cooperation with South Carolina State University for the exclusive benefit of South Carolina State University.”

After nearly 31 years of operation, the South Carolina State University Educational Foundation changed its name to the South Carolina State University Foundation. In 2002, the word ‘educational’ was eliminated to clarify and eliminate the perception that financial contributions and donations made to the foundation would be restricted to educational purposes only. By changing the name, the foundation strives to provide funding for other areas at South Carolina State University that are conducive to improving campus life.

The goal of the Foundation is to encourage voluntary private support of South Carolina State University from a variety of sources by upholding the values and traditions that embody South Carolina State University and American higher education. The Foundation solicits, receives, and manages private support for South Carolina State University.