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FMU Receives Substantial Gift from Sparrow Family

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University President Fred Carter announced today the FMU Foundation’s receipt of a substantial gift from long-time supporters of the university, John W. Sparrow and his family of Lake City. At the request of the donors, the amount of the gift will not be disclosed.

The Sparrows donation will partially fund a new baseball stadium scheduled to be completed in 2009-10. A proposal to name the baseball stadium Sparrow Stadium was recently presented to the FMU board of trustees for approval. The Sparrows’ donation will also fund fully endowed chairs in the areas of education, business and literature.

“My family has a great appreciation for the positive impact that Francis Marion University has had on the Pee Dee area,” Sparrow said. “We are participating in these projects to show our support of FMU’s goals for the future.”

The Sparrow family, including John W. Sparrow and his sons, Sammy (FMU class of ’83 and FMU Foundation board vice-chairman of the investments committee) and J. Wesley Sparrow Jr., is dedicated to enhancing the educational and extracurricular experience of students in the Pee Dee region.

“The entire Sparrow family has long been strong supporters of education in the Pee Dee and of Francis Marion University,” said Carter. “This gift will further support our endeavor to attract outstanding faculty and will partially fund a state-of-the-art athletic facility.”

This family demonstrated its support of FMU also in May 2003 when The Nellie Cooke Sparrow Chair in Business was established in memory of Sparrow’s mother. The purpose of the chair is to honor a current or future member of the faculty of the FMU School of Business for academic excellence, integrity and professionalism in their field.

In 1988, the Sparrow family established the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Memorial Scholarship, an award to assist deserving FMU students residing in Florence School District 3.

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Last Published: November 13, 2007 10:12 AM
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