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An Act to Establish Certain State Scholarships in the University of South Carolina.

February 20, 1874

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1871-72, Pages 555-557.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That for the purpose of extending the benefits of a higher education to the citizens of this State, there shall be, and there are hereby, established in the University of South Carolina permanent quadrennial State scholarships, which shall be apportioned among the several Counties of this State according to the number of Representatives from the said Counties in the General Assembly, each scholar to receive two hundred dollars per annum: Provided, That each County shall send but one scholar for the fiscal year after the passage of this Act; and annually thereafter, on the first Monday in June, the State Board of Examiners shall so apportion the number of scholarships to each County as will at the expiration of four years complete the number to which each County may be entitled, and notify the County Board of Examiners of the respective Counties of each annual apportionment: Provided, That the whole number of pupils at the expiration of four years shall not be less than one hundred and twenty-four: Provided, farther, That as often as a vacancy occurs from graduation or otherwise, the County credited with the vacancy shall be notified thereof and fill the same.

Sec. 2. That to the end that the advantages and benefits accruing from the State scholarships provided for in the first Section of this Act may be bestowed upon suitable and deserving persons, the County Board of Examiners of each of the several Counties in the State, having been notified of the number of scholarships to which their respective Counties are entitled, are hereby authorized and required to hold, annually, on the first Monday in July, at the County Seat of their County, a free public competitive examination, except the first examination, which shall be held within thirty days after the passage of this Act, such examination to be conducted in such a manner and according to such rules and regulations as shall be prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education. The said County Board of Examiners shall send three candidates for every scholarship their respective Counties may be entitled to for a final examination before the State Board of Examiners, and shall give to each of the candidates exhibiting the greatest proficiency in all the branches of study required for the admission of students into the University a certificate to the effect that said candidate passed the best examination before them of all those competing, is entitled to appear before the State Board of Examiners hereinafter created for final examination for appointment to a State scholarship in the University. The State Board of Examiners shall select from every three scholars so recommended by the said County Board of Examiners the one who shall pass the best examination before them for the scholarship of his respective County; and the State Board of Examiners shall notify the County Board of Examiners of any vacancy that may occur by reason of death, resignation or otherwise, and said vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as a vacancy by graduation is filled. Should any County in the State, from any cause, fail to forward applicants for the scholarships to which said County may be entitled, the State Board of Examiners is hereby authorized to fill such from any applicants found duly qualified who may appear before them: Provided, however, That nothing herein contained shall prevent the State Board of Examiners from examining any person or persons who may appear before them for examination from any County in which no examinations shall have been held by the County Board of Exaniiners under the provisions of this Act.

Sec. 3. The State Board of E.xaminers shall consist of the Faculty of the University and the State Superintendent of Education, the said Superintendent to be ex officio Chairman of said Board.

Sec. 4. For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act, there shall be, and there is hereby, appropriated for the fiscal year beginning November 1st, 1873, the sum of six thousand four hundred dollars, ($6,400,) and there shall be annually appropriated a sufficient sum of money for the maintenance of the scholarships hereinbefore provided for.

Sec. 5. Said appropriation shall be paid to the several pupils in ten monthly installments of twenty dollars each by the State Treasurer, upon the order of the Board of Trustees of the University.

Sec. 6. That the State Treasurer be, and he is hereby, authorized and required to keep separate and apart from all other funds the amount of money appropriated each year by the General Assembly for the purposes hereinbefore mentioned, and any diversion of the money thus appropriated to any other purpose than that prescribed in this Act shall be deemed a felony and punishable accordingly.

Sec. 7. That any person who shall be entitled under the provisions of this Act to a scholarship may, upon entering the said University, pay to the State Treasurer the sum of ten dollars; and upon such payment being made, a contract shall arise between the State on the one part and the person paying the said sum on the other part, whereby the State shall be bound to provide annually for four years for the support of the said scholar as herein provided, and the person holding said scholarship shall be bound to fill said scholarship, and faithfully to use and improve its advantages, and said contract shall at all times be enforceable by either party in the Courts of the State

Sec. 8. This Act shall take effect from and after its passage..

R. Howell Gleaves, President of the Senate.
Samuel J. Lee, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Franklin J. Moses, Jr., Governor.

Approved: February 20, 1874.

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