FLORENCE – Francis Marion University students will benefit from six new scholarships totaling more than $150,000 in the coming year. These scholarships were established to support students of all ages with a variety of interests, including biology, business administration, public and community service, library science and music.
“Once again, the FMU family and the Pee Dee community have responded to our need for scholarship assistance,” said Luther F. Carter. “The financial support from these generous donors will make it possible for deserving students to acquire the most precious commodity in a competitive economy – a quality education.”
One such scholarship established to assist the non-traditional student is the Adult Scholars of the Pee Dee Fund. Lake City businesswoman Darla Moore, vice president of Rainwater, Inc. and founder and chair of the Palmetto Institute, and Brian Kennedy, COO of Moore Farms, decided to establish it because of Kennedy’s experience as a non-traditional student at FMU.
“I was impressed with quality of education I received and was moved to address the need for more scholarship opportunities for adult students who were fulfilling family, work and financial obligations,” said Kennedy. “Upon graduation, I approached my employer, Mrs. Moore, about ideas I had to address the need.”
Moore will contribute $50,000 per year over the next five years.
Alumnus Kevin Sattele (’90) and his wife Lori of Florence have established the Kevin M. Sattele, M.D. Scholarship as a token of appreciation to FMU for the education he received. Sattele grew up in Myrtle Beach. He served in the U.S. Air Force before enrolling at FMU in 1987. Sattele graduated with honors in 1990 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. He graduated from the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine and he completed his residency in internal medicine at Richland Memorial Hospital where he served as chief resident.
He returned to Florence in 1998 to practice medicine. He and his wife operate the Skinsations MediSpa and Rapid Weight Loss & Esthetic Centers. The two will permanently endow the scholarship in the amount of $25,000.
Another of this year’s newly established scholarships was initiated by James A. Brown (’77), a member of the FMU Board of Trustees. The W.O. Powers Scholarship was created in recognition of Billy Powers’ long-standing support and commitment to FMU. As a longtime member of the FMU Foundation Board of Trustees, Powers was a staunch ambassador for conveying the importance of FMU to the region and state, said Brown.
Powers has spent more than 40 years building his construction company, Powers Construction, into a recognized name across the Southeastern United States. His career began as an engineer with the S.C. Department of Transportation. In addition to Powers Construction, his business interests include Mini-Max Warehouses Inc., Price-Carolina Aqua Pools Inc., Community Health Services Inc., Powers Aviation LLC, Powers-Godbold Construction Co., U.S. Coatings, and The Willows Inc.
Brown will permanently endow the scholarship in the amount of $25,000.
Evon Zuppa, the wife of an inaugural faculty member, has established the Ted Zuppa Scholarship in memory of her husband who served as the cataloging librarian in the James A. Rogers Library for 29 years. The son of Italian immigrants, Ted Zuppa overcame adversities to earn several degrees. He did so after serving in the U.S. Army.
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., he earned the B.A. degree from Baker University, the M.Ed. degree from the University of Missouri, a specialist of education in English degree from the George Peabody College for Teachers, and a master of library science degree from Rutgers University. He began his library career at Pratt Library in Baltimore before joining the FMU staff in 1970, prior to the completion of Rogers Library.
The Jamie Grimsley Music Scholarship was established in memory of alumnus James H. Grimsley Jr. (’77) by his family and friends. Grimsley recently lost a battle with cancer but not before building a legacy of service to his community. He was executive director of Organizational Clients with ACS Technologies, Inc. where he was employed for 30 years. He was also the owner of The Grimsley Agency Sound and Light Company, Minister of Music at Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church for 13 years and Worship Leader at Lamb’s Chapel for eight years.
The Grimsley, Powers, Sattele and Zuppa scholarships are permanently endowed in the amount of $25,000.
Established in 1971 and reestablished in 1992, the Kiwanis Club of Florence Scholarship was recently revised to denote the Kiwanis Club Foundation as the funding source of the award. This scholarship is to recognize and support an outstanding student who shows leadership and civic responsibility around the community and FMU.
“On behalf of the FMU community, we thank the donors for supporting the university,” said FMU Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the FMU Foundation Jay Dowd. “The continued support to provide students with a pathway to success is greatly appreciated.”
Criteria for awarding each scholarship:
Adult Scholars of the Pee Dee Fund – First preference will be given to a male adult learner/non-traditional student, minimum age of 25 who is not receiving other types of financial aid. If no such candidate exists, then recipient must be a student from the Pee Dee region. The recipient must be a full-time student and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher. Satisfactory academic progress toward the degree is also a requirement. Renewable awards permitted.
The Jamie Grimsley Music Scholarship – The recipient must be pursuing a degree in music industry, demonstrate financial need and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. First preference is given to a student of the Pee Dee area. If no criterion is met, the student should be from South Carolina.
The Kiwanis Club of Florence Scholarship – First preference is given to an incoming freshman who was involved as a Key Club member while in high school and is a resident of Florence County. If no such candidate meets the Key Club criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated consistent involvement in community service and developed leadership skills. While enrolled at FMU, the donor expects the student to be involved within an active Circle K chapter. The recipient is also expected to be involved in one or more of the following: community service, a service organization or club, or a university sponsored body, club or organization focused on service or the enhancement of their leadership skills. The recipient must attend at least one Kiwanis Club of Florence meeting during the academic year. The student must also maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate financial need. Repeat awards are allowed and preferred.
The W.O. Powers Scholarship – First preference is given to residents of Sardis or Timmonsville. The recipient must also be admitted to the BBA program with a concentration in management and demonstrate financial need.
The Kevin M. Sattele, M.D. Scholarship – The recipient must be a biology major, have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and be a resident of South Carolina. Repeat awards are allowed.
The Ted Zuppa Scholarship – Recipient must be a first generation college student with financial need. Preference will be given to a student worker in the James A. Rogers Library. The recipient must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.