FLORENCE -- Lou Kirchen, general manger of WBTW TV-13, broadcasting in Florence and Myrtle Beach, presented a $1,000 check to Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter Thursday, Jan. 13. This is the fifth year that the Pee Dee area television station has presented the university a $1,000 scholarship for a student enrolled in the mass communication program.
"From interns to employees," Kirchen said, WBTW works closely with the FMU program. We're pleased that such a quality program has been developed locally and we're glad to support it." Through the FMU mass communication program, Kirchen said, the television station has been able to find qualified employees locally
"It's a first rate program. We're glad to hire quality folks who are trained in the Pee Dee area," she said.
"We're delighted with the working relationship between the university and WBTW TV-13, and especially between the mass communication program and WBTW," Carter said. "This type of corporate support is essential to maintaining quality programs."
The WBTW TV-13 Scholarship is annually awarded to a student in the mass communication program, majoring in broadcast journalism. Qualified scholarship recipients must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Students enrolled in the FMU mass communication program receive a B.A. degree in mass communication, with study in one of four specialty tracks, print journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations, or general mass communication.
For more information about the FMU mass communication program, call the FMU admissions office at 843-661-1231. For more information about the WBTW TV-13 Scholarship, call the FMU financial assistance office at 843-661-1190.