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FMU honors Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Board with reception

 FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University held a reception Aug. 20 to honor Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as scholarship recipients and an endowed chair recipient.

Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation has pledged $135,000 to support nursing scholarships at FMU and $100,000 to establish an endowed faculty chair in chemistry at the university.

 Forty-six students were recognized as recipients of the scholarships. The students are pursuing Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees through a cooperative program between FMU and the Medical University of South Carolina.

 The purpose of the program is to increase the number of degreed nursing professionals in the Pee Dee area. Students from Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Williamsburg, Clarendon and Marlboro counties are eligible for the scholarships.

 Drs. Bruce and Lee Nursing Scholarships are offered to academically qualified students who enter FMU as pre-nursing students. After completing 60 hours of pre-requisite courses, the students are registered as MUSC students for their junior and senior years, but remain on the FMU campus.

 The cooperative nursing program between FMU and MUSC began in 1998. Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation has funded scholarships for the program since its inception, and has increased the amount of its contribution each year.

 “Education, especially within the medical field, has been an integral part of the foundation’s grant focus,” said Bradley Callicott, executive director of Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation. “Our collaboration with Francis Marion has been great, but there is still much to do.”

 Also honored Aug. 20 was FMU professor Kenneth B. Williams, the recipient of Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Chair in Chemistry. Funds derived from the annual earnings on the gift will be used to supplement Williams’ salary and enable him more opportunities to pursue research and scholarship. He has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1985.

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Last Published: April 30, 2004 12:30 PM
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