Types of Scholarships
Francis Marion students can choose from a wide variety of named scholarships aimed at students in particular disciplines or from particular backgrounds. Counselors in our admissions and financial aid offices can help families chart their course.
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.
FMU's prestigious Robert E. McNair Scholarship is named for former S.C. Governor Robert E. McNair, who was instrumental in launching a new four-year college in the Pee Dee (that would be Francis Marion) back in the late 1960s.
McNair Scholars must be residents of South Carolina, and have a strong interest in pursuing a public service career. McNair Scholars also survive a rigorous selection process that includes interviews, essays, and on-campus visits.
It is not an easy road, but the payoff is significant. The McNair Scholarship covers a student's full tuition, housing, and meal plan. And, it offers a book allowance and funding for a study abroad experience as well. It is renewable, provided recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA and pass 30 credit hours of coursework each year.
The McNair Scholarship application, including the required essays and two letters of recommendation, is due by December 1.
The James F. Konduros Scholarship awards $6,000 for tuition and other expenses – combined with a S.C. LIFE scholarship, it can cover a year’s tuition – and, like the McNair, can be renewed annually. Konduros Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA and pass 30 credit hours per year. Selection is based on applications and interviews.
A $5,000 Education Fellow scholarship can be awarded to Education majors who are part of the South Carolina Teacher Cadet Program. Preference is given to FMU-sponsored Teacher Cadets. For more on the Teacher Cadet Program, check out: www.fmarion.edu/fmuadmissions/teachingfellow.
Francis Marion University Fellows Scholars receive annual awards of between $1,500-$2,500, renewable annually if recipients meet standard renewal qualifications. Scholarship awards are based on applications and interviews. An annual award of $1,000 is available to qualified students through the FMU Distinction Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded when a student is admitted.
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.
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. For more information, go to: www.fmarion.edu/foundation/scholarships.
DATES AND PROCESS
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.
The deadline for Donor-Supported Scholarships vary. Contact the Education Foundation at 843-661-1199 for more information.