Dr. Leola Adams, SC State Alumna and Retiree donates $10,000 to SC State

Friday, January 09, 2009


Dr. AdamsOrangeburg, S.C. - Dr. Leola Adams, SC State Alumna, ‘69 and former dean of the School of Applied and Professional Sciences at SC State, now the College of Applied and Professional Sciences, recently presented a $10,000 check to the University to establish a scholarship fund.

Funds from the ‘Dr. Leola Adams leaders’ scholarship’ are available for students enrolled in the Family and Consumer Sciences program at SC State.

“SC State is a producer of leaders. All youths that pass through its doors are on their way to becoming professionals,” says Adams. “This scholarship is designed to assist those students who need additional financial assistance,” she continued.

Upon obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at SC State, Adams went on to obtain her master and doctorate degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University in Ames, Ia.

After serving nine years as dean of the School of Applied and Professional Sciences, Adams retired from SC State in June 2008. Prior to that, she also served for nine years as department chairperson of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“I’ve spent most of my professional career at SC State. As a graduate of the University I felt the importance of making contributions in helping other students reach their highest potential,” said Adams.

Adam’s main goal for establishing the scholarship is to increase the number of students who enter into graduate studies within the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum. She has already seen this occur with one of her former students.

Dr. Ethel Jones, department chairperson of Family and Consumer Sciences at SC State, followed in Adams footsteps by first obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from SC State in 1983. She then attended Iowa State University to obtain her master and doctorate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. In 1999, Jones returned to the University to educate other students.

“Dr. Adams has been my mentor and friend for quite some time and remains that today. “She encouraged me to continue my studies at the Leadership Academy at Iowa State University and return to my alma mater to continue her efforts in helping other students,” said Jones.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The recipient must have graduated from high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. The recipient must be enrolled at SC State University and maintain a 3.00 GPA
  3. The recipient must have an unmet financial need not provided from other sources.