FLORENCE – An endowed scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University in memory of a longtime professor in the department of history, G. Wayne King.
The G. Wayne King scholarship will be awarded to a student preferably from Florence County with a major in history, or humanities or social sciences. If there is no such candidate, the scholarship will extend to students in the Pee Dee Region. The scholarship recipient must obtain at minimum sophomore status, as defined by the academic catalog, demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA.
King is a native of Florence. After graduating from McClenaghan High School in 1957, King went on to attend the University of South Carolina where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in 1964 and a Ph.D. degree in 1969 in history. He began teaching at USC- Florence in 1969 before it became Francis Marion University in 1970. King was very proud of the relationship he had with the campus community and with the citizens of the Pee Dee region. King died on April 10, 2008, and his friends and colleagues saw it fit to honor him in this way.
The amount of the scholarship will vary according to the spending policy of the FMU Foundation. It is intended to permanently endow the scholarship fund for $25,000 over the course of the next five years.
Additional contributions can be made to this fund at any time. Contributions should be made payable to the Francis Marion University Foundation, P.O. Box 100547, Florence, S.C. 29502-0547.