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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -TheUniversity of South Carolinais receiving $1 million to provide scholarships for students in the aerospace field.

The gift comes from Marva Smalls,a USC alum and Florence Native.

The money goes to a program at the school named Shuttle Challenger astronaut Ronald McNair, a Lake City native who died aboard the spacecraft.

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.Smalls is a vice-president at Viacom and Nickelodeon Networks.