FLORENCE, S.C. – An endowed scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by the leadership team at Beneteau USA in Marion to assist employees and their dependents pursue and complete degree requirements at FMU.
The Beneteau USA Scholarship will be awarded based on the approval of the financial assistance committee at FMU. The recipient must either be an employee at Beneteau USA who has a defined career path or the dependent of an employee who has demonstrated financial need. If there are no candidates who are employees or dependents of an employee at Beneteau USA, the recipient must be a resident of the Pee Dee Region and have a financial need.
“As good corporate citizens, Beneteau is excited to offer this opportunity to its employees and dependents,” said Jennifer Reinman, human resources director at Beneteau USA. “This is a step in the right direction to improve the overall level of education in Marion County and the Pee Dee.”
The scholarship will be funded annually and administered by the FMU Foundation.
“Francis Marion University is grateful to Beneteau USA for establishing this scholarship. With over 80% of our students receiving some form of financial aid, scholarships are very important to their educational journey,” said Jay Dowd, FMU’s vice president for development and executive director of the FMU Foundation. “This is yet another example of a local corporation stepping up to benefit its employees and the students residing in their community. Thanks to Beneteau’s leadership team for this gift.”
The Beneteau USA plant arrived in the Pee Dee region in 1986, and since then the factory has nearly doubled in size. Today there is almost a quarter of a million feet of facility space and it is the most advanced cruising sailboat production plant in the U.S. Beneteau is the third largest industry in Marion County.
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