Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.

A Program of the SC Chamber Education and Workforce Foundation

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The SC HBCU STEM program will help build a partnership between SC’s HBCU institutions, their students and South Carolina industry. The program will connect students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related careers with diverse types of STEM careers available in South Carolina. This program will offer a select group of students a unique opportunity to interact, learn from and work with South Carolina companies and business leaders that are in STEM related fields.


The program will consist of 25 students selected from rising Juniors or Seniors at South Carolina’s four-year HBCU institutions (Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Clinton College, Morris College, South Carolina State University and Voorhees College). Two students per school will be selected from the seven (7) HBCU institutions based on their academic performance and the remaining eleven (11) students selected by application process. The program covers the two semesters (fall and spring) of a students’ junior year with a paid summer internship. The curriculum consists of one site visits per month and supplemented with other project work and engagement opportunities. Site visits would be to partnering businesses who introduce students to STEM related careers.

Student Criteria:

  • Junior or Senior at a SC HBCU, with 3.O GPA, and a South Carolina resident
  • Students must have a personal and professional development plan approved by the school and selected industry that follows a future STEM Career
  • Write a brief explanation about what you hope to gain by participating in the program and how you think this experience will provide a background for your future in a STEM related career. 


  • Curriculum for the project will be research based in STEM related field. The overall focus on the program will allow students to have hands on experiences and exposure to STEM related careers. Students in the program must create a personal and professional development plan approved by the school and selected industry that follows a future STEM Career.
  • STEM areas: Aerospace, Healthcare, Automotive, IT, Construction/Engineering and Chemistry/Biology
  • Receive credit hours towards graduation


SC HBCU STEM SCHEDULE (Note: Dates are subject to change)

Session  Descr. Date Location
1 Orientation October 24, 2019 Columbia, SC
2 Healthcare November 13, 2019 Columbia, SC
3 Sonoco January 16, 2020 Hartsville, SC
4 Dominion Energy January 23, 2020 Columbia, SC
5 Michelin February 19, 2020 Greenville, SC
6 SC Chamber February 26. 2020 Columbia, SC
7 Boeing March 30, 2020 Charleston, SC

Learn More:

Contact Cynthia Bennett for more information about this program.

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