FLORENCE, S.C. - An endowed scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by the friends of FMU graduate and Darlington businessman Nicky Demetrious, who died in January.
The Nicky Demetrious Scholarship Fund was established to perpetuate his memory in the areas of education and athletics. He graduated from FMU and served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Demetrious was an avid tennis player and cyclist. He was the owner-operator of the Dairy Bar, a popular eatery in Darlington.
"We are grateful to those friends who created this scholarship," said Jay Dowd, executive director of FMU Foundation and vice-president for development. "The Nicky Demetrious Scholarship helps ensure that Francis Marion will continue its long tradition of nurturing strong leaders for our state and nation."
Charles Howard is among those instrumental in the establishment of the scholarship. Howard is a Darlington resident and president of Chase Oil Co. in Florence.
"As a graduate of FMU and a native of Darlington County, the scholarship is a fitting tribute to a man who spent his life enhancing the quality of life in the Pee Dee," Howard said. "His legacy will live on through the young people who receive this award.”
The scholarship will benefit a student athlete at FMU participating on either the men's or women's tennis team in recognition of his love for the game of tennis. Students living in the Pee Dee region will be given first preference.
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.