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Scholarship established to honor community leader


FLORENCE, S.C. – An endowed scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by the Aiken Foundation to honor Ann Burch Aiken, a lifelong resident of the Pee Dee region, who was a devoted mother, community leader and volunteer. 

The Ann Burch Aiken Scholarship was established to honor the contributions Aiken made throughout the Pee Dee region.  

“We very much appreciate the Aiken Foundation’s generosity,” said Jay Dowd, executive director of the FMU Foundation and vice president for development. “It will help to insure that more of our students can develop their abilities to the fullest extent in the context of an academically rigorous liberal arts education." 

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Samuel Bacote Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Florentine Dance Club (Charter Member), The Town Club (Charter Member), Pine Haven Garden Club, The Research Club, The Literary Club, The Authorian and a past president of the Junior League of Florence. 

The scholarship provides assistance in completing the education of Pee Dee area students who share her love of learning and respect for their community. A female student who lives in the Pee Dee region and is in financial need will be awarded this scholarship. 

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. 


Last Published: April 23, 2009 10:57 AM
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