FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will welcome three new McNair Scholars to campus for the 2009-2010 school year.
Ashley Humphries of Florence (West Florence High School); Nancy Reading of Sumter (Sumter High School); and Fanchon Sartor of Spartanburg (Dorman High School) will be the first to participate in the McNair Scholars Program at FMU.
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 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 it’s 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.
The selection committee reviewed hundreds of applications before bringing a list of 31 names to the McNair Center Advisory Council, which was comprised of state and national leaders.
McNair Scholars Program applicants participated in a competitive selection process including review of their application and work by a blue ribbon committee. Applicants also submitted essays that demonstrated their commitment to community service.
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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