USC aerospace program gets $1 million

COLUMBIA — The University of South Carolina is receiving a $1 million donation for scholarships at its new aerospace program.

The State newspaper reported that Florence native and USC graduate Marva Smalls is donating the money to the program named after space shuttle Challenger astronaut Ronald McNair.

Smalls is an executive vice president at Viacom and Nickelodeon. The scholarships will go to minority students from the Pee Dee majoring in computer science and engineering.

Smalls says she hopes the university can develop the next generation of scientists and leaders.

She says she wants to give Pee Dee students a chance to get the high-tech, high-paying jobs that come with the state’s growing aerospace business.

Boeing opened its only jet manufacturing plant outside the Seattle area in North Charleston in 2011

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