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Department of Education gives $2,000 to FMU Young Scholars

FLORENCE – The State of South Carolina Department of Education has given the Francis Marion University Program for Young Scholars (PYS) an additional $2,000.

Previously the state education department gave $10,000 to the annual summer residential program.  This is the third summer for the three-week program designed for academically talented youth. Sixty-nine youth have participated in the program, traveling from within South Carolina, as well as from several other southeastern states.

The FMU PYS offers academically gifted and talented young people 12-16 years old the opportunity for intensive study, new experiences, and recreational activities in a college setting.  Dr. Robert Sawyer, Dean of the FMU School of Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, designed the program.   With prior approval, some courses may be taken for high school credit.

Sawyer was the founding director of the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) and the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.  Under his guidance, and with the cooperation of Duke TIP representatives, FMU again will provide a strong and growing program for gifted young people.

Although the application deadline has passed, a few slots in the program are still available, Sawyer said. The additional $2,000 will primarily be used for scholarships.

For more information about the program or to request an application, contact Sawyer by telephone at (843) 661-1481 or by e-mail at


Last Published: June 23, 2004 1:16 PM
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