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Rep. Clyburn announces nearly $2M in funding for Voorhees University

Denmark, SC – January 17, 2024 – South Carolina was awarded nearly $2 million in funding for one of the Palmetto State’s eight HBCUs, Rep. James E. Clyburn (D, S.C.–06) announced Tuesday.

“Time and again, the Biden-Harris Administration has shown tremendous dedication to our nation’s HBCUs, and more specifically, institutions of higher learning in South Carolina,” Clyburn said. “Thanks to this latest investment, students at Voorhees University will have the tools they need to succeed.”

The grant program aspires to help students in rural communities walk into career pathways “aligned to high skill, high wage and in-demand industry sectors and occupations in the region,” according to the Department of Education.

Voorhees University President Ronnie Hopkins said he views the financial grant as a catalyst that will drive the improvement of life for the citizens in and around Denmark.

The Department of Education awarded 22 institutions of higher education grants to help enrollment for students in rural communities.

In addition to the initial funds, the grants will provide career counseling and individualized student planning to assist students in finding rewarding careers that do not require them to leave their community for economic opportunities.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.

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