Education supporter Pee Dee Electric Cooperative Establishes Cunningham Scholarship at FMU
FLORENCE – The Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, which has electrical service in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, and Lee counties, has established The Pee Dee Electric Cooperative/Thomas B. Cunningham Scholarship at Francis Marion University.
The full-fee, four-year scholarship was established in early February in memory of Thomas Brockman Cunningham, a Pee Dee Electric Board of Trustee member who served for 32 years. Cunningham died Nov. 14, 1999, and represented District 3, Darlington, on the board. He was the secretary/treasurer of the board from 1973 until death.
“This scholarship pays tribute to Mr. Cunningham and his commitment to the people he served,” Pee Dee Electric Cooperative officials said when announcing the scholarship. Cunningham was born in Greenville, S.C., and served in the Air Force as a flight engineer during World War II. He was a farmer and member of Central Baptist Church in Darlington.
Like other Pee Dee Electric Cooperative scholarships at Francis Marion, the scholarship is awarded to “a dependent child living in the home of a Pee Dee Electric Cooperative member-owner, where electricity in that home is provided by the cooperative, or to a dependent child living in the home of a full-time Pee Dee Electric Cooperative employee.”
Recipients must have an SAT score of 1100 or higher and demonstrate financial need. The award will be made to an incoming freshman and is renewable for up to four years, if the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements and maintains at 3.0 (minimum) grade point average.
The full scholarship is currently worth $13,880.