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McNair Scholarship Application

The Robert E. McNair Scholarship is named in honor of Governor Robert E. McNair and in concert with the McNair Center for Research and Service of Francis Marion University. Support for this program is made possible by the PSARAS Foundation.


Students who apply should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a South Carolina Resident
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Score 1100 or higher (critical reading and math) on the SAT or 24 composite score or higher on ACT;
  • Show a willingness to consider a career in public service - broadly defined


Please complete the application below as well as the following:

1) Applicants for the McNair Scholarship must request two letters of recommendation to be sent from non-family members. High school teachers, guidance counselors, or community organization members are great options for letters. In the letters, the individuals offering the recommendation should address: (a) how long they have known you and in what capacity; (b) your qualifications for the McNair Scholarship; and (c) any other information they think is relevant to this selection process. When complete, letters should be sent directly to:

Office of Admissions

Francis Marion University

PO Box 100547

Florence, SC 29502


2) Applicants for the McNair Scholarship must submit two original essays that address the questions below. Each essay should contain no more than 500 words. Essays should be prepared in a word processing format and e-mailed as an attachment to


A. If chosen as a McNair Scholar, one of the primary advantages is the ability to study abroad for a semester. Please discuss your view on the benefits of such an experience. How do you feel studying abroad will develop you personally and professionally, especially as you think about your future career goals?


B. The McNair Scholars Program is designed to focus a student's educational experiences around not only classroom education but service learning (including public service and community engagement) opportunities as well. In your opinion, how can learning be enhanced through service to others? In your answer, make sure to address how service learning opportunities will contribute to your future career goals and the public service activities you envision pursuing.



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