FMU names McNair Scholars
Francis Marion University welcomes three new McNair
Scholars to campus for the 2013-2014 school year.
Keanna Jones of Columbia (W.J. Keenan High School); Mary Mulholland of
Sumter (Sumter High School); and Aaron Stafford of Florence
(Darlington High School) are the newest students to participate in the
McNair Scholars Program at FMU.
Established in the 2009-2010 school year, the privately endowed
scholarship project is designed to attract students dedicated to
public service and community leadership. This project is one facet of
the 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
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.
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 nearly 4,100 students.
Last Published: July 29, 2013 8:07 AM