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1999

FMU Fine Arts Scholarship established in memory of Urma I. Thompson

FLORENCE -- Friendship United Methodist Church, 6323 Liberty Chapel Road in Florence, has established a scholarship in memory of Urma Isgett Thompson at Francis Marion University. 

Mrs. Thompson, a faithful member of Friendship United Methodist Church, died of cancer Nov. 25, 1998, following a six-month battle with the illness. 

"It is hoped the scholarship will continue to let her name bless those who are ready to learn.  The scholarship is established with gratitude to God for the life of Urma that was shared with those who knew her," Steve Patterson, pastor of the church, said.  Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of Watson and Beverly Isgett of Florence.  Born June 6, 1939, she graduated from McClenaghan High School in 1957, and married Alex Thompson on Aug. 15, 1958.

The couple raised three sons, Robin, a 1982 FMU graduate; Timmy, a 1988 graduate of FMU; and Shaw.  A regular substitute at Royall Elementary School, she worked at her home church by singing in the choir, playing the piano and working with the church's choir directors.  She also served as church treasurer and financial secretary.

Mrs. Thompson also attended the “first call” of USC-Florence in 1957, which met in the basement of the Florence County Library.  The “first call” was the beginning of what became USC-Florence, and, now, Francis Marion University.

The total gift received from the church, family and friends in her memory is $14,000.  The scholarship established is designed for a freshman studying music at FMU.  A recipient may continue receiving the scholarship by maintaining a 3.0 or higher grade point average.  The $500 per year scholarship will be awarded annually to a new freshman, increasing the number of awards given until a total of four scholarships are being awarded.

For more information on this or other scholarships to FMU, contact Scott Brown, FMU director of financial assistance at 843-661-1190.

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