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Peterson Scholarship established at FMU

A scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by the FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition in honor of Chemistry Professor LeRoy “Pete” Peterson Jr.

The Dr. LeRoy “Pete” Peterson Endowed Scholarship was created to pay tribute to Peterson’s distinguished career as a faculty member in chemistry, which began in the fall of 1990.

“Pete has been an outstanding and dedicated member of the FMU faculty for nearly 18 years during which time he has educated and inspired hundreds of students,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “We are delighted to support this scholarship in his honor.”

A native of Florence, Peterson is a professor of chemistry and has been cited for his extensive scholarly work, primarily in the field of chemistry, his service to the community and state and for service on numerous university committees. He earned a bachelor’s degree at FMU in 1984 and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of South Carolina where he was an undergraduate laboratory-teaching assistant. He is active in the American Chemical Society, the Pee Dee Math and Science Hub, the Science South project and the S.C. Academy of Science. He is president of North Vista PTA, serves on the board of Florence Boys and Girls Club and coaches in youth basketball leagues. He is faculty advisor for Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities and Zeta Phi Beta sorority and is active in the university’s African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition. He is also a member of the FMU Institutional Effectiveness Committee.

“When the Coalition first discussed the possibility of creating an endowed scholarship some time ago, Pete was the one who did the research to see if it was at all possible. Because of his work with the Coalition, it is most fitting that he be honored this way,” said FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition President Linda Becote. “We especially appreciate the generosity of our president, Dr. Carter, and his continued support of the Coalition.”

The scholarship will be permanently endowed for $25,000 with the first installment derived from proceeds generated through the FMU Foundation Chairman’s Golf Classic in March 2008. The Coalition will award the first Peterson Scholarship in the fall of 2008 for no less than $1,000.

Recipients must be full-time FMU students who have a 2.5 grade point average or higher. Preference will be given to minority students who are U.S. citizens and who are in the greatest financial need.

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Last Published: January 29, 2008 2:34 PM
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