FLORENCE – Francis Marion University has established the McNair Scholarship Program, a privately endowed scholarship project designed to attract students dedicated to public service and community leadership.
The Gov. Robert E. McNair Scholarship Program is one facet of the recently established Robert E. McNair Center for Government and History. The PSARAS Foundation provided funding for the program.
“The McNair Scholars program is a premier scholarship program in South Carolina,” said Alissa Warters, director of the McNair Center. “These scholarships will help develop the young minds of South Carolina residents and provide future leaders in the Pee Dee and across the state.”
The first two McNair Scholars will enroll in the fall of 2009. Additional McNair Scholars will be named in subsequent years. The students will receive free tuition, fees, book allowance and room and board for the four years they attend FMU.
Students will be housed in the Forest Villas Apartments, the newest housing on campus. These furnished units each have four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, shared living room and kitchen space.
In addition, the scholarship will cover study abroad for one semester of the student’s junior year as an exchange student in one of six programs. FMU maintains exchange agreements with universities in England, France, Germany, Ireland and Mexico.
Throughout their academic careers, McNair Scholars will be encouraged to participate in service learning opportunities, especially through programs that benefit the Pee Dee region.
“One of the most exciting programs of the Robert E. McNair Center for Government and History is the McNair Scholars,” said Ken Kitts, FMU associate provost. “This is open to South Carolina residents with solid academic backgrounds and with demonstrated leadership capabilities and potential.”
To apply for the McNair Scholarship, a student must:
• Complete an application
• Be a South Carolina resident
• Achieve a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Be a high school senior with a combined SAT score of 1100 or higher
• Submit two original essays: one focused on the value of public service and one focused on how you would make the most of your study abroad
• Agree to participate in service learning and study abroad opportunities while enrolled at FMU
• Aspire to a career in public service
The McNair Scholarship is renewable for a total of four years, provided the recipient complete, 30 semester hours each year and maintains a 3.0 GPA.
Francis Marion University, founded in 1970, is one of South Carolina's 13 state-supported universities. As one of the state's six comprehensive institutions, FMU prides itself on providing a strong liberal arts education for its 4,000 students.
For additional information about the scholarship, contact Warters at (843) 661-1616 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.