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Coker-Harrington Scholarship established at FMU

FLORENCE – The Richard C. Harrington Family has established a scholarship at Francis Marion University in honor of Morgan Coker, dean of the FMU School of Business from 1970-1989, and in memory of Harrington’s son, R. Carl Harrington. 

Harrington said the Coker-Harrington Student Recruitment Scholarship fund was established for the purpose of providing assistance for the recruitment and retention of out-of-state students with demonstrated academic achievement.  

“I am a graduate of Francis Marion, my youngest son is and so is my son whose name the scholarship is partially in memory of, so there's always been a strong family connection," said Harrington. ”Dr. Coker was my mentor and advisor while I attended Francis Marion. This scholarship is a way to keep his spirit alive within the university and give more students a chance to study what he loved.” 

In addition, Harrington said through the scholarship, he sought a way to stimulate economic growth – the retention of high quality business and education graduates. 

The recipient of the scholarship must demonstrate proven academic performance but not be a resident of South Carolina. Preference will be given to students with a major in business or education.

Harrington challenges those who are interested in filling the needs gap with additional qualified teachers to contribute $500 to this scholarship on an annual basis and those interested in hiring qualified business students to contact the FMU School of Business for information about internship programs. 

"At Francis Marion, we always appreciate alumni who give back to the university," said Jay Dowd, executive director of the FMU Foundation and vice president for development. "We are proud of our in-state student population but this scholarship will help provide an opportunity to those who want to attend Francis Marion from other states and internationally. By doing so, it is the university’s intent and that of Mr. Harrington they will remain in the Pee Dee, contributing to its quality of life.”

Harrington is founder, and former president and CEO of S&W Manufacturing of Florence. He is active in various community and education organizations, serving as a member of the advisory boards of Continuing Education Division of Florence-Darlington Technical College and the Tech-Prep Consortium. He is a member of the Coalition for Excellence in Education and chairman of the Pee Dee Regional Work Force Investment Board. Mr. Harrington also serves as a member of the board and executive committee of the United Way of Florence County as well as a member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee. He is a recipient of the 1998 State Board of Education Business Volunteer Award, the Florence Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year and the 2001 State Job Creator Award. He earned an associate degree from Florence-Darlington Technical College, a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from FMU and a master’s in business administration from the University of South Carolina.

 #192 / 5-27-08

Last Published: June 3, 2008 12:00 PM
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