SCHOLARSHIPS

2017-18 FMU Scholarship Application –  March 15 deadline

These awards may be from the University or outside sources. Generally, full-time enrollment is required  to receive a scholarship. Unless otherwise stated in your initial award letter, scholarships are non-renewable.

IMPORTANT:  Students must turn in a scholarship application by March 15 each year in order to be considered for non-renewable scholarships.

University Scholarships

The minimum criteria for all University Scholarships at FMU includes admittance to the University for upcoming fall semester, a score of 1100 or better on the SAT (CR and Math only) or 24 ACT Composite, and a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students meeting those requirements could qualify for any of the University awards. Scholarship applications for University scholarships, excluding the McNair Scholarship, are due by March 15. Awards will be made during the spring, following on-campus interviews. Distinction Scholarships will be awarded automatically after admission.
Out-of-state students receiving any FMU academic scholarship totaling $500 or more per semester, will automatically receive the in-state tuition rates.

ROBERT E. MCNAIR

Award = full tuition, room and board plus book allowance

Francis Marion University’s prestigious Robert E. McNair Scholarship recognizes South Carolina students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and a strong desire for a life of public service. It is named after former South Carolina Governor Robert E. McNair, whose career serves as an exemplar for scholarship recipients.

The McNair Scholarship is FMU’s most prestigious scholarship. Recipients receive a virtually cost-free education at one of the state’s best public universities, gain access to an array of experiences designed to broaden and enrich their lives, and join the ranks of McNair alumni, a growing band who are making their mark across South Carolina and beyond.

The McNair Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that identifies recipients through a comprehensive process. The selection criteria includes written essays, evaluation of a student’s academic records, recommendations and in-person interviews.

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Benefits and Opportunities
McNair Scholars receive full tuition and housing fees to Francis Marion University, plus a book allowance, and a meal plan. The scholarship is renewable for the four years students attend Francis Marion University. Additional benefits and opportunities include:

  • Travel abroad during spring break of the freshman year
  • Study abroad in one of FMU’s exchange student programs
  • Automatic admission to FMU’s superb Honors Program
  • Opportunity to participate in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City every spring
  • Early class registration
  • Housing in the Forest Villas Apartments, FMU’s newest residential units
  • Access to the McNair Scholars Speaker Series featuring distinguished speakers on politics, government, history, and more
  • Experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom
  • Participation in public service activities to further strengthen the local community

McNair Scholarship Criteria
Candidates for the Robert E. McNair Scholarship at FMU must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time South Carolina resident
  • Be a high school senior
  • Be admitted to FMU prior to the December 1 McNair deadline
  • Maintain a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a combined Pre-March 2016 SAT Score (Critical Reading and Math) of 1100 or higher; combined New SAT Score (Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math) of 1160 or higher; or a 24 or higher ACT Score
  • Possess a demonstrated interest in public service
  • Deliver a completed McNair application and all additional required materials (essays, two letters of recommendation) to the Director of the Robert E. McNair Center by December 1.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Christopher Johnson
Director of the McNair Center
843-661-1518
mcnaircenter@fmarion.edu

Only one scholarship application must be completed to be considered for the Konduros, Education Fellow, and Fellows scholarships.
If you are interested in the McNair Scholarship, please complete the McNair Scholarship application as well.

KONDUROS

The Konduros Scholarship is one of our most prestigious academic scholarships.  It is awarded after the scholarship application has been received and upon the recommendation of faculty and student on-campus interviews.  The total amount of the Konduros Scholarship is $6,000 per academic year and is renewable for 4 years. To renew the Konduros Scholarship, students must complete at least 30 semester hours each academic year in addition to maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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To be eligible, you must have:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a combined Pre-March 2016 SAT Score (Critical Reading and Math) of 1100 or higher; combined New SAT Score (Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math) of 1160 or higher; or a 24 or higher ACT Score
  • Attend an on-campus interview

*Scholarship deadline for the incoming class of Fall 2018 is March 15, 2018.
*The Konduros Scholarship is awarded to recipients after all on-campus interviews have been completed. Scholarship award notifications are usually sent out the first week of April.

ACADEMIC FELLOWS

The Fellows Scholarship is awarded after the scholarship application has been received and upon the recommendation of faculty and student on-campus interviews. The annual award for the Fellows Scholarship ranges from $1,500 to $2,500. The scholarship is renewable for 4 years. To renew the Fellows Scholarship, students must complete at least 30 semester hours each academic year in addition to maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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To be eligible, you must have:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • SAT Score of 1100 (Critical Reading and Math) or higher or ACT Composite Score of 24 or higher
  • Attend an on-campus interview

*Scholarship deadline for the incoming class of Fall 2018 is March 15, 2018.
*The Fellows Scholarship is awarded to recipients after all on-campus interviews have been completed. Scholarship award notifications are usually sent out the first week of April.

EDUCATION FELLOWS

The Francis Marion Education Fellow scholarship is awarded after the scholarship application has been received and upon the recommendation of faculty and student on-campus interviews. The total amount of the Education Fellow Scholarship is $5,000. This scholarship is given to a student who is a part of the Teacher Cadet program in S.C.; however, preference is given to a student who is a part of a Teacher Cadet program sponsored by FMU.

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To be eligible, you must have:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a combined Pre-March 2016 SAT Score (Critical Reading and Math) of 1100 or higher; combined New SAT Score (Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math) of 1160 or higher; or a 24 or higher ACT Score
  • Attended an on-campus interview
  • Be a part of a Teacher Cadet program in South Carolina

*Scholarship deadline for the incoming class of Fall 2018 is March 15, 2018.
*The Education Fellow Scholarship is awarded after all on-campus interviews have been completed. Scholarship award notifications are usually sent out the first week of April.


Apply for the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship here.

DISTINCTION

The Distinction Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that is automatically awarded to first-year students who have been accepted to Francis Marion University and have met our scholarship criteria. Awards will be made through March 15th for students planning to enroll at FMU for the Fall 2018 semester.

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Scholarship Criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a combined Pre-March 2016 SAT Score (Critical Reading and Math) of 1100 or higher; combined New SAT Score (Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math) of 1160 or higher; or a 24 or higher ACT Score

The Distinction Scholarship is renewable for 4 years by completing 30 semester hours a year and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.


Students awarded this scholarship are encouraged to apply for other scholarships through the Office of Admissions. If a student applies and receives one of the other scholarships, the Distinction Scholarship will be replaced and not awarded in addition to the other scholarship offered by the Office of Admissions.

South Carolina Scholarships

Francis Marion takes pride in enrolling more than 1,200 students annually who benefit from South Carolina’s Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, and HOPE scholarships. Individual students can work with guidance counselors at their schools to apply for the state grants, but FMU counselors can assist if needed.

The purpose of the LIFE Scholarship is to increase access to higher education, improve the employability of South Carolina students so as to attract business to the State, provide incentives for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. THE LIFE SCHOLARSHIP IS DEPENDENT UPON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS TO BE APPROPRIATED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE. Award is contingent upon student meeting eligibility requirements when final high school transcript and/or college grades are received by FMU.

Requirements

For all students:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment
  • Graduated from a SC high school, approved home-school program, or preparatory high school
  • Attend an eligible SC college or university as a full-time student
  • Must not be a Palmetto Fellow
  • Have not been convicted of any felonies or 2 or more alcohol/drug related convictions
  • Must not be in default, owe a refund, or a repayment on Federal or State financial aid

AND first time entering freshmen must have at least 2 of the following 3:

  • Score at least 1100 on the SAT (critical reading & math) or 24 on the ACT by June of the senior year in high school
  • Rank in the top 30% of the graduating class
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the Uniform Grading Scale
Renew
  • After the initial year, have at least a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 30 earned hours
  • After the second year, have at least a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 60 earned hours
  • After the third year, have at least a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 90 earned hours

What is the difference between “Life GPA” and “Cumulative grade point average”?

Your Life GPA is calculated for the primary purpose for the awarding of the LIFE Scholarship. Your Life GPA includes all grades earned at any eligible institution, including courses that do not transfer and college courses taken while in high school.
Again, your LIFE GPA is only used to determine LIFE Scholarship eligibility. Your LIFE GPA is not recorded on your official transcript from FMU.

Your FMU cumulative grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of net hours taken at FMU. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required for graduation on all work attempted at FMU. In addition, a student must maintain an average of 2.0 or higher in his/her major courses in order to meet graduation requirements. Your cumulative grade point average will be reflected on your official transcript from FMU.

For additional information, please refer to the Commission on Higher Education website.

IMPORTANT: Your LIFE GPA and earned hours can be viewed using the button below.

Gain Eligibility

Meet the Requirements For All Students AND the Renew LIFE criteria

The purpose of the SC HOPE Scholarship program is to provide funding to students who graduate from high school with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, but are not eligible to receive the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarships. HOPE is available for the initial year of enrollment only. HOPE is not renewable. A student must meet the LIFE renewal requirements (refer to Code 12) after the initial year of enrollment to continue receiving a state funded scholarship.

THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP IS DEPENDENT UPON THE ANNUAL PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THE LOTTERY.

Award is contingent upon student meeting eligibility requirements when final high school transcript is received by FMU.

Requirements
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment
  • Graduated from a SC high school, an approved home-school program, or a preparatory high school
  • Attend an eligible SC college or university as a full-time student
  • Must not be a Palmetto Fellow or LIFE scholarship recipient
  • Have not been convicted of any felonies or 2 or more alcohol/drug related convictions
  • Must not be in default, owe a refund, or a repayment on Federal or State financial aid
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA on the Uniform Grading Scale

The purpose of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program is to recognize the most academically talented high school seniors in South Carolina and encourage them to attend eligible colleges or universities in the State. Palmetto Fellows scholarship recipients are selected by the Commission on Higher Education. THE PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP IS DEPENDENT UPON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS TO BE APPROPRIATED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE.

Renew
  • Have earned 30 hours each academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
Requirements
  • Must be a LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipient.
  • Must be in the second, third, or fourth year of full-time enrollment (based on initial date of college enrollment after high school)
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student in a declared major that is approved by the Commission on Higher Education.

Eligible majors as of 8/4/15:  106 Biology, 108 Chemistry, 109 Computer Science, 145 Math, 154 Physics, 315U Middle Education Math/Science, 501 Co-Op (exception… Pharmeceutical Studies…1st time attended college must be Fall ’13 or later), 963 Nursing, and 143 Industrial Engineering (exception…1st time attended college must be Fall ’14 or later), .
Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance if you are unsure whether or not your major is Enhancement eligible.

  • Must be making significant progress towards completion of the declared major.
  • Must have earned credit for at least 14 hours of instruction in CHE approved mathematics and life and physical science courses by the end of the first year of college (based on initial date of college enrollment after high school).

Currently, any FMU math, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, or Physical Science course will count toward the 14 hour requirement.  **This is subject to change at any time based on directives from CHE.

Current interpretation of the new legislation precludes students from ever becoming eligible for the Enhancement scholarship if the 14 hour requirement is not met by the end of the freshman year.  AP credits and dual enrollment courses (college credit courses taken while still in high school) can satisfy the 14 hour rule.

The Enhancement scholarship amount is up to $2500 per year.  The Enhancement scholarship is awarded in addition to the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows scholarship.

The Enhancement scholarship is based upon availability of funds to be appropriated for the program.

Donor-Supported Scholarships

Donors and supporters of Francis Marion University provide support for more than 150 named, specialty scholarships at FMU. These awarded scholarships are available to all students, although many have specialized qualifying criteria, such as a particular field of study or specific hometown or home county. Awards vary, as do specific qualifications.