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Scholarship established to honor longtime FMU employee

FLORENCE, S.C. – An endowed scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by William W. Coleman, Berta Coleman Turner and Jane Coleman White to honor their sister, a longtime FMU employee, Alice C. Baker.

Baker, who retired in December 2000 from her post as assistant vice president for human resources, learned of the Alice C. Baker Scholarship during a surprise reception held at the Cottage on the FMU campus Monday afternoon.

Coleman, who is also a member of the FMU Board of Trustees, met with university officials during the summer to discuss the possibility of forming a scholarship to honor his sister’s 30 years of service to the university. The group decided to generate letters to friends and family who might be interested in giving to the cause, and a few months later had reached the desired goal of $25,000.

Members of John Calvin Presbyterian Church will be given first preference for the scholarship. If there is no eligible member, then the scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in business administration with a concentration in management. The recipient must also be a resident of the Pee Dee region.

“On behalf of our family, I’d like to thank everyone who supported our effort to have this fund reach $25,000,” Coleman said. “We are incredibly committed to the growth of this scholarship created to provide financial assistance to students from the Pee Dee area.”

Baker, who had been with the university since its inception, started as a secretary, became director of personnel, and later assistant vice president for human resources.

Her professional affiliations included service as a board member of the College and University Personnel Association Foundation. She received the association’s Outstanding Service Award for the Southern Region in 1986. Under Baker’s leadership, the FMU Office of Human Resources received the 1995 Insurance Benefits Recognition Program award by the state Office of Insurance Services. 

Since her retirement, she has been a dedicated volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Florence Little Theatre and the Art’s Alive Committee. She is also an active member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church. 

The Pamplico native attended Meredith College and Kings College and worked as a secretary at First Union National Bank in Charlotte before returning to the area to work at FMU.

#52 / 11-27-07
Last Published: November 27, 2007 3:40 PM
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