FLORENCE, S.C. – The Nellie Cooke Sparrow Chair in Business has been established at Francis Marion University.
The chair was established by John W. Sparrow of Lake City in memory of his mother. The Sparrow family, including John W. Sparrow and his sons, Samuel F. Sparrow (FMU class of ’83) and J. Wesley Sparrow Jr., is dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of students in the Pee Dee region.
The chair will be endowed in the amount of $100,000. The purpose of the chair is to honor a current or future member of the faculty of the FMU School of Business for academic excellence, integrity, and professionalism in their field. The awarding of the chair may be used as a recruiting incentive for new faculty members in the FMU School of Business.
In 1988, the Sparrow family established the Nellie Cooke Sparrow Memorial Scholarship, an award of $1,300 made to assist deserving FMU students residing in Florence School District 3.
“John W. Sparrow and the entire Sparrow family have long been strong supporters of education in the Pee Dee and of Francis Marion University,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “The Nellie Cooke Sparrow Chair in Business will allow FMU to continue to attract the highest caliber business faculty and will benefit all business students at Francis Marion. The university is grateful for the Sparrow family’s continued generous support.”
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