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Agriculture Innovation Scholarship


Scholarship Overview

The SC State University 1890 Agriculture Innovation Scholarship program encourages exceptional students to attend SC State to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in the food and agricultural sciences and other related fields which would lead to a highly skilled food and agricultural systems workforce. In addition to providing the necessary funding for students to pay for college, the 1890 Agriculture Innovation Scholarship will help mitigate the risk of students withdrawing from the university and not earning their degrees. In doing so, students will perform better academically, improve retention of knowledge and increase the odds for continuing to graduate school or beginning their professional career.

Beginning fall 2020, SC State will award a scholarship to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  1. First-time freshmen or transfer students, with less than 25 credit hours, who have been admitted to SC State University
  2. Applied for FAFSA at SC State University. Use code 003346;
  3. Have a preferred unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher. A minimum 2.8 GPA is required.; and
  4. Intend to pursue a career in food and agricultural sciences, including a career in agribusiness or family and consumer sciences;
    • The specific ag-related degree programs offered at SC State include:
      • Agribusiness
      • Family and Consumer Sciences – Business
      • Family and Consumer Sciences – Nutrition and Food Management
      • Family and Consumer Sciences – Child Development

Program Priority

The 1890 Agricultural Innovation Scholarship program supports the enrollment and retention of students at 1890 land-grant universities to:

  1. Increase the number of graduates with baccalaureate degrees in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human science degree programs.
  2. Support 1890 Ag Innovation Scholars’ intent on pursuing a career in food and agricultural sciences and related fields in order to meet the technologically advanced needs of the 21st century food and agricultural systems workforce.
  3. Expand the experiential learning opportunities for SC State 1890 Agriculture Innovation Scholars.



1890 Ag Innovation Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at SC State University. Scholarship recipients may qualify for one of two options.

Track One: Up to $10,000 annually for a maximum eight semesters (four years) and will provide tuition, fees, room and board and textbooks.

Track Two: Up to $5,000 each year for a maximum two semesters (one year) and will cover tuition, fees and room and board and textbooks.

All scholarships are eligible for renewal, but contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and academic progress toward the bachelor’s degree.

Additional Perks

In addition to receiving the scholarship award, recipients will each:

  • Receive a complimentary laptop or tablet
  • Access to personal development and internship opportunities

Eligibility Requirements

High School Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or national of the United States;
  • Have been admitted to SC State;
  • Have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate with a preferred high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 unweighted (on a 4.0 scale). A minimum 2.8 GPA is required.;
  • Declared interest to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related disciplines; and
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service

Apply for Scholarship:

To be considered as an Agriculture Innovation Scholars, interested students must complete the application form.


Completed application package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through the online application.

Apply to SC State University:

For eligibility, SC State University must have admitted the applicant to the university. To apply to SC State, please complete the application process.



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Contact: Dr. Derrick W. Wise, State Program Leader for Education, Innovation & Support for the SC State 1890 Research & Extension Program at (803) 536-8333 (office) and/or email: dwise5@scsu.edu.