FLORENCE -- Florence School District Four, Timmonsville, has established a $40,000 endowed scholarship to support students from that district who plan to attend Francis Marion University’s teacher education program.
The first of four $10,000 installments was made Nov. 9. Dr. T. Paul Vivian, FMU class of 1975, is the school district's superintendent. The gift is the first since FMU’s teacher education program earned its national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The scholarship is also a contribution to the FMU Teacher Education Fund, recently established by FMU alumni and friends to fund scholarships for students interested in teacher education programs. Area educators have accepted the challenge to fund teacher education scholarships at FMU to help alleviate the teacher shortage in the area, state, and nation.
To date, the fund has raised $72,106 for the teacher education scholarships. Participating school districts include Florence School District Two (Pamplico schools), Dillon County School District Three (Latta schools), and District Four.
“We greatly appreciate and are encouraged by the alumni support of the FMU Teacher Education program,” Dr. Robert Sawyer, dean of the FMU School of Education, said. “We believe the scholarship support speaks to the high caliber of teaching professionals that FMU helps train.”
“This contribution underscores our whole-hearted support of the teacher education program at Francis Marion University,” Vivian said. “We believe in the professional development of the students who become teachers through the FMU program.”
The scholarship will be awarded to a Francis Marion student from Timmonsville, who is majoring in education or seeking teacher certification. To be considered, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Financial need will be considered in making the award, but is not a governing factor.
For more information regarding this and other scholarships, contact the FMU Financial Assistance Office at 843-661-1140.