“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.”— President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010

Hartsville, SC – July 30, 2019- Girls University, Florence’s first gender-based afterschool academy, is scheduled to open their second location in Hartsville on August 19, 2019. Partnering with the City of Hartsville Parks and Recreation Department, the second location will utilize the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center to continue their mission of introducing girls to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).  

Girls University’s initiative is designed to motivate, inspire and educate girls in the Pee Dee region to become products of success, not society.  Identifying the need to provide girls with specialized enrichment programming combined with an afterschool safe haven provides a unique niche for Girls University. Recognizing the importance of providing girls with an opportunity to participate in science, technology and engineering fields and a chance for success was the brain child behind the academy.

Girls University not only aims to provide quality non-traditional afterschool care but is also a place where girls can attend workshops, host birthday parties, receive academic tutoring and mentoring, and have access to speakers from various professions. 

Girls University will host a Ribbon Cutting event on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at their location at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center located at 701 W Washington St, Hartsville, SC 29550 at 3:00 p.m.

About Girls University

Girls University is designed to motivate, inspire and educate girls in K – 12th grades regardless of race, background and social status.  We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer and technologist.  The organization’s hours are 2:30pm – 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.  For more information on Girls University, please visit or contact our National Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart  843.468.4710.

Press Release: WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Celebration


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 “SHINE ON: A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN”                                          

“To empower a woman is to empower her children, her family, and her community. The smartest investment we can make is in women. Women must have the freedom and the possibility to decide who they are.” Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Florence, SC – January 4, 2019- Girls University, the Pee Dee’s only all-girls leadership, and STEM educational organization celebrates women history month. This inaugural event takes place Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at the Florence Little Theatre starting at 7:00 p.m.  We invite you to join us for this inaugural event.

March is dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women in history and to empower the next generation of women.   Empowerment opportunities are needed here to enrich the lives of women living and working in the Pee Dee.” As a result of this need, Girls University, in association with Whitney Davis Vocal Studio, is hosting “SHINE ON” A Celebration of Women.

SHINE ON celebrates and highlights three successful women through music, recognition, and fellowship creating an experience that encourages women to “shine on” in our community.   During the event, there will also be a special presentation from Girls University scholars.

With Shine On: A Celebration of Women, not only are we celebrating the performers and honorees onstage, but we are also celebrating the girls that this event is benefiting.    I hope you join us by supporting Shine On: A Celebration of Women and becoming a corporate sponsor of this event,” said Whitney Davis – Shine On Committee Director.  Proceeds from this event will directly benefit Girls University, which inspires young girls to recognize their inner strengths and to define their lives on their own terms.

To purchase tickets, visit or stop by our Florence location at 1249 Celebration Blvd, Florence SC 29501. General admission tickets are $20 each and VIP admission tickets are $35. VIP tickets include premium seating and a gift bag with discounts and gifts from local businesses.

About Girls University

Girls University is designed to motivate, inspire and educate girls regardless of race, background and social status about STEM.  We look to motivate girls to become the next scientist, engineer, and technologist. For more information on Girls University, please visit or contact our Director of Programs and Brand, Ashli Smart, 843.468.4710.

The Intern Perspective

Girls University is an amazing facility for young females.  This facility motivates young females to become great career women while building them academically in grade school. The facility prepares the young girls at early ages to decide what career paths they want to choose which eliminates the confusion once they reach high school and enter college.

Girls University motives the young females to believe in themselves .  The facility teaches the young girls they are beautiful no matter what they look like, what others say or the color of their skin; they are all equal. the young girls are taught to respect each other as females and they are team.  Most importantly this facility teaches them how to act and behave like a LADY!

The facility has wonderful employees to help lead each young girl along the way. Each employee has a wonderful attitude and great ambition to play a major part in teach and every young girl’s life. Each employee has a one on one with each girl and they know the good things and the bad things, the likes and dislikes of each young girl.

Not only did this facility motivate the young girls. It motivated me as an intern. Some of the basic things that were being taught to these young girls reassured me as young woman who may sometimes doubt herself or the choices I make that could affect my future. Interning at this site was a ‘bonus deal” and the best choice I could have made. I also learned a lot about myself as well. The things most of these girls learned will also stick with me as I also continue to pave my way into the world as a great career woman!

-Regina P, Intern 2017

Girls University Rocks

Building up Tomorrow

Girls University is a place where young intelligent scholarly young girls come to learn all they need to know to determine their own future, and to educate their brains. These young ladies gets the opportunity to learn all kinds of things during their time at Girls University. They learn new ways to love themselves and others. They also gain new knowledge each every time they step through the doors of Girls University whether it’s Math, Science, English, or History they all leave with new knowledge everyday. The motto for Girls University is Inspire, Motivate and Educate. It is not just a motto but it is what make this place the best fit for young girls who wants to become future doctors,lawyers, or nurses. Girls University teach young girls to love themselves and do not be afraid to gain knowledge. With programs like Girls University our generation of girls are choosing their own paths and building their own future. With an amazing staff of young ladies behind the girls they destined for greatness. Girls University a place where education, motivation, and inspiration are the most important. Building up today for tomorrow’s future is what Girls University is all about.

-Summer College Intern 2018, FMU