Milliken & Company Charitable Foundation awarding STEM scholarships at five SCICU HBCUs

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) is pleased to announce that the Milliken & Company Charitable Foundation will award $10,000 in scholarships to SCICU’s five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) beginning in fall 2022.

The Milliken grant will provide five $2,000 scholarships – one per institution – to STEM majors at Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College, and Voorhees University. Prospective recipients must be South Carolina residents with demonstrated financial need, be enrolled full-time, and have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

“We are extremely grateful for Milliken’s long-standing and generous support of students at SCICU’s member colleges and universities,” said Jeff Perez, SCICU president and CEO. “In 1953 SCICU started advocating on behalf of independent higher education in South Carolina, and Milliken has partnered with us since 1956. Over the years Milliken’s support of SCICU has totaled more than $4.1 million.”

In 1995, Milliken & Company, provided $25,000 in seed money for starting the SCICU Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Program.

Milliken will again host the SCICU Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Symposium at their Spartanburg, S.C. corporate headquarters on February 16, 2023. The annual research symposium culminates more than six months of student research and gives students a professional forum for the presentation of project findings.

SCICU supports and promotes the values of independent higher education in South Carolina. SCICU seeks to advance higher education through fundraising, scholarships, and research, as well as by facilitating collaborative activities among the 21 member institutions. SCICU also enhances a positive public image and encourages government policies that support independent higher education. Learn more at

Milliken & Company is a global manufacturing leader whose focus on materials science delivers tomorrow’s breakthroughs today. From industry-leading molecules to sustainable innovations, Milliken creates products that enhance people’s lives and deliver solutions for its customers and communities. Drawing on thousands of patents and a portfolio with applications across the textile, flooring, specialty chemical and healthcare businesses, the company harnesses a shared sense of integrity and excellence to positively impact the world for generations. Learn more at

The Milliken & Company Charitable Foundation harnesses the spirit of Milliken giving to serve the numerous communities where the global manufacturer operates. Positioned as a strategic partner with local reach and high impact, the foundation upholds Milliken’s purpose, values and vision as it provides grants both large and small. Through this lens, the foundation looks to make a positive impact in our communities that will last for generations. Learn more at

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