FLORENCE – Santee Electric Cooperative has established an endowed scholarship with the Francis Marion University Foundation to provide support for future teachers for the Williamsburg County School District.
Santee Electric will contribute $75,000 ($15,000 each year for five years) to establish the Santee Electric Cooperative Teacher Training Endowed Scholarship at FMU. Floyd Keels, president and CEO of the Kingstree-based cooperative, presented FMU president Fred Carter with the first installment of the contribution on Feb. 6.
The scholarship will be awarded to graduates from the Williamsburg County School District who are pursuing an education degree at FMU, as well as teacher aides in the district who are pursuing teacher certification.
FMU currently has 181 enrolled students and more than 300 alumni from Williamsburg County.
“Currently, there is a shortage of teachers in the state and nation, and especially in the Pee Dee,” said Robert Sawyer, executive director of the FMU Foundation. “Santee Electric Cooperative, through this endowed scholarship, is taking a big step in encouraging graduates from the Williamsburg County School District to come back home to teach. This scholarship will have a positive impact on the district for years to come.”
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