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First McNair Scholar finalists to be interviewed at FMU

FLORENCE – Members of the McNair Center Advisory Council will be on the campus of Francis Marion University Friday, Jan. 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m. to conduct interviews for the selection of two students to participate in the McNair Scholars Program.

The privately endowed scholarship project designed to attract students dedicated to public service and community leadership is one facet of the recently established Robert E. McNair Center for Government and History at FMU.

The McNair Center Advisory Council, which is comprised of state and national leaders, will conduct interviews with finalists in the Cottage.

The Council is chaired by former Gov. Jim Hodges and includes: former Gov. David Beasley; attorney Steve Benjamin of McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC in Columbia; Jim Morris of Genesis Consulting Firm of Columbia; Jaime Harrison of the Podesta Group of Washington, D.C.; Rita McKinney of McNair Law Firm in Greenville; FMU Board Trustee Gail Ness Richardson of Barnwell; and former U.S. Congressman John L. Napier.

Finalists for the scholarship program will also tour the FMU campus and interact with student and faculty panels.

The two McNair Scholars who are chosen 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. The PSARAS Foundation provided a $500,000 gift to the University to create and sustain the program and the Center in which its located.

In addition to their regular studies, McNair Scholars will pursue a unique program of study, which includes extensive study abroad, and service learning opportunities.

Throughout their academic careers, McNair Scholars will be encouraged to participate in community-centered activities, especially those that benefit the Pee Dee region.

The McNair Scholarship is renewable for a total of four years, provided the recipient completes 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.

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Last Published: January 7, 2009 1:49 PM
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