Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation donates $200,000 to FMU for nursing scholarships
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 2003-04 academic year, 37 FMU students and 32 MUSC BSN students received assistance from the scholarships.
The bachelor of science nursing program is in the process of being transferred from MUSC to FMU, and a new facility to house the program will be built thanks to a $5 million gift from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation earlier this year.
The foundation has also donated $50,000 this year to support the third year of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute at FMU. The foundation has funded the institute from its inception, providing a $15,000 grant for a feasibility study, and $75,000 to support the institute in each of its first two years.
The mission of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation is "To advance the general welfare and quality of all life in the Florence, S.C. area by providing economic support to qualified programs and non-profit organizations."
"Francis Marion University is indebted to the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation for its generous support of the nursing program over the years," said FMU president Fred Carter. "Not only does the foundation provide desperately needed scholarship support for our nursing students, but it is providing funding for a new building to house the only bachelor of science nursing program in the Pee Dee. The foundation’s generosity is not only a benefit to FMU and its students, but to the entire local medical community."
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