FLORENCE – Francis Marion University students will benefit from six new scholarships totaling $110,000 in the coming year. These scholarships were established to support students of all ages with a variety of interests.
“Once again, the FMU family and the Pee Dee community have responded to our need for scholarship assistance,” said FMU President Fred 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 employees of Assurant Specialty Property is an endowed scholarship for $30,000. Benefiting Pee Dee area students, this scholarship will be awarded to an employee of Assurant with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and financial need.
The Citizens Bank has established a scholarship endowed in the amount of $30,000 to be awarded to a dependent student of an employee of The Citizens Bank who majors in business and lives in one of the following communities: Florence, Georgetown, Johnsonville, Kingstree, Lake City, Lynchburg, Olanta, Pamplico, Pawley’s Island, Scranton, St. George, Sumter, Timmonsville and Turbeville.
Established in memory of H. Philip Baugh, son Philip Baugh has established the H. Philip Baugh Scholarship. Baugh’s father passed away Nov. 21, 2010. He was a native of Charlotte, N.C. and a graduate of Bob Jones University and Columbia Bible College. After serving in the Navy, he worked in the lumber, hardware and commercial development business. This scholarship is endowed for $25,000 and first preference is giving to a member of a Presbyterian Church in the Pee Dee area with financial need.
In addition, the Elizabeth S. Beasley estate has donated $21,000 toward scholarships to benefit students in need.
Mary Dittman, an FMU instructor of business and director of the FMU Internship Program established the Mary Dittman Scholarship. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to students who have been accepted into the BBA program by the FMU School of Business. The recipient will be required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Dittman joined the faculty in 2000 as an instructor of marketing. She earned the B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Nevada (Reno) and the M.B.A. degree from FMU. Prior to joining the FMU faculty, she was merchandising manager with ESAB Welding & Cutting Products in Florence. She previously worked as a marketing manager with the Florence Morning News.
The First Bank Scholarship is established to honor the legacy and commitment sustained by First Bank Corporation in promoting education to its employees, dependants of employees and its customers. The bank will fund the scholarship on an annual basis in the amount of $1,000 in support of its mission to invest in, support and nurture the communities it serves in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
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