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Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation donates $200,000 to FMU for nursing scholarships

     FLORENCE, S.C. – The Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation has donated $200,000 to Francis Marion University to continue funding the nursing scholarships it established in 1998.

     The money will be used to renew scholarships for eligible students and attract new students to the nursing program, which is a cooperative effort between FMU and the Medical University of South Carolina. Scholarships are offered to academically qualified students who enter FMU as pre-nursing students. After completing 60 hours of prerequisite courses, the students are registered as MUSC students for their junior and senior years, but remain on the FMU campus.

    Students from Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Williamsburg, Clarendon and Marlboro counties are eligible for the scholarships. Students who maintain the required grade point average may renew the scholarship for subsequent years.

     During the 2002-03 academic year, 38 FMU students and 21 MUSC BSN students received assistance from the scholarships.

     “The cooperative nursing program between Francis Marion University and MUSC would simply not be possible without the substantial financial support it receives from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation annually,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “Because of the foundation, numerous students who would not otherwise have the opportunity are able to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing without leaving the Pee Dee.”

#18 / 9-3-03

Last Published: February 19, 2004 6:37 AM
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