The recipients of the Marion Medallion to be announced, Feb. 27
Francis Marion University and the Morning News will announce the recipients of the Marion Medallion on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center.
The medallion is a three-year-old award, sponsored and presented jointly by Francis Marion University and the Morning News of Florence. The medallions are awarded on or about Feb. 27—Francis Marion Day — every year. The medallion is, of course, named for General Francis Marion, the revolutionary war leader who led Patriot forces in the Pee Dee Region, and who is the namesake of Francis Marion University.
The idea behind the medallion stems from a 2009 report on the challenges faced by the communities along the I-95 corridor in South Carolina, including the Pee Dee. A recommendation in that report was to find ways to celebrate the good works of the people of the region. Executives from FMU and the Morning News discussed this idea and the Marion Medallion was born. It was first awarded in 2012. It is the intent of the two sponsoring institutions that the medallion will awarded in perpetuity.
The criteria for indentifying and selecting medallion recipients is deliberately broad. Eligible recipients must have contributed in a significant manner to the well being of the citizens in one or more of the counties in the Pee Dee. Potential recipients are not restricted by geographic or topical boundaries, and recognition may be for sustained service over many years, single actions, or combinations thereof. No fewer than one and no more than four recipients will be selected during a calendar year. The recipient’s activities may address single issues or multiple areas of need. Recipients of the Marion Medallion are identified and selected by the senior executives from Francis Marion University and The Morning News.