FLORENCE – Gregory Earl Gasque, a Francis Marion University freshman, is the first recipient of the $1,000 Latta Community Center Scholarship.
Gasque is a graduate of Latta High School. The award is being made Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Latta Town Council meeting.
“The town of Latta and FMU have a close working relationship, as does FMU and the local school district. Establishing this scholarship is one way of furthering that relationship,” Latta Mayor Allan P. Brigman said. Funds for the scholarship are derived from the rental of the community center, Brigman said.
“This is one way for the citizens in the community to support continuing education, and to give back to themselves,” he said.
Ronald Taylor, Latta High School principal, said the award is significant as an encouragement to Latta High School graduates when considering where to further their education.
“FMU has a successful track record in attracting and graduating quality students from Latta High School. We are delighted that FMU and the town have established this new scholarship.”
The Latta Community Center Scholarship is an annual award made to a Latta High School graduate attending FMU as an incoming freshman. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need, good character, and active participation in high school. Latta High School selects the recipient.
If no qualified applicant is available, the scholarship may be awarded to an FMU upperclassman in financial need who has maintained a 2.75 grade point average and who is a Latta High School graduate.
For more information about the scholarship contact the Town of Latta at 843-752-5115, or the FMU Financial Assistance Office at 843-661-1190.