FLORENCE – The Darlington County School District has established an endowed scholarship with the Francis Marion University Foundation.
The Darlington Board of Education presented a $10,000 check to FMU Foundation executive director Robert Sawyer and university president Fred Carter at the board’s meeting on Nov. 27. The purpose of the scholarship is to help educate future teachers for the Darlington County School District.
“Currently, there is a very serious shortage of licensed teachers here in the Pee Dee, the state and nation,” said Sawyer. “The Darlington School District board and administration through this endowed scholarship are taking an important step to help alleviate this problem in their district. Hopefully in years to come, the endowment will grow and provide support for more prospective teachers.”
The award will be made to a full-time FMU student who has completed his or her sophomore year. The scholarship will be granted to a candidate who:
• Is majoring in education or seeking teacher certification and has been accepted into the Teacher Education Program.
• Has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
• Is a graduate of Darlington, Hartsville, Lamar or Mayo high schools; is an employee of the Darlington County School District; or is a resident of Darlington County.
• Is an undergraduate student. If no qualified undergraduate is identified, then a graduate student who is an employee of the district may be considered.
The award will extend for the period of one academic year, but may be renewable if the recipient continues to meet the award criteria.
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