SC State Now Accepting Agricultural Scholarship Applications > Columbia Business Report

Applications for the SC State University Agricultural Innovation Fellowship Program, now in its third year, are being accepted through May 1.

The program is a partnership between the 1890 Research & Extension branch of the University of Orangeburg and the United States Department of Agriculture. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, room and board for outstanding students who show promise in agriculture, food, fiber, and humanities.

“It is imperative that we invest in the next generation of leaders to meet the strong demand for professionals in the agricultural sector,” said Derrick Wise, manager of the state program for education, innovation and support, in A press release. “The Agricultural Innovation Fellowship will educate and train our academics, keeping them abreast of the latest trends and technological developments. Students will be provided with the tools to help them build a bright future in the agriculture industry.

Applicants must be SC residents admitted to SC State University as freshmen or transfer students with less than 25 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.8. Students must also declare a major within the school’s College of Agribusiness and Family and Consumer Science.

The program’s first cohort, in 2020, included 24 fellows. They were joined by 27 others last year.

Fellows also receive professional development services, access to USDA internships, priority housing in a living/learning community, and a free laptop computer.

Funding for the scholarships is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through a $2.45 million grant to SC State 1890.

Applications are available online at For more information about the program, contact Wise at [email protected]

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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