A scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by Walter Timothy Gause in memory of his parents, Charlie and Arquila Gause.
Gause said the Charlie and Arquila Gause Memorial Scholarship was created to pay tribute to his parent’s commitment to the American dream: “With education, tenacity and faith in God and self, nothing is impossible.”
The Britton’s Neck native who was raised in New York said he was looking for a way to give back to the Pee Dee region.
“From all I’ve heard and read about the Pee Dee, I can see it is economically challenged,” Gause said. “I am in a position to help and can’t think of a better way to do that than through granting students an opportunity for a wonderful education at Francis Marion.”
Gause said he hopes the scholarship will afford Pee Dee area students who demonstrate a financial need and whose major is math, science and sociology, especially as it pertains to addressing social inequality, an opportunity to obtain a degree from FMU. The recipient must also maintain a grade point average of 3.0 and have at least junior status.
“There are people you meet during your lifetime that you know immediately want to make a difference in the lives of others. Walter Gause is one of those people,” said Jay Dowd, executive director of the FMU Foundation and vice-president for development. “By establishing this scholarship, Mr. Gause has chosen to honor his family and their roots that run deep in the Pee Dee, especially Marion County. Our students are the direct beneficiaries of his desire to provide a Francis Marion education, and for that we are grateful.”
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