The Palmetto Brick Co. has established an endowed scholarship to assist outstanding students from Chesterfield and Marlboro counties at Francis Marion University.
The Palmetto Brick Co. Scholarship will be endowed in the amount of $25,000.
The recipient of the scholarship must be a resident of Chesterfield or Marlboro counties, with preference given to employees or children of employees of Palmetto Brick. If there is not a student meeting this criterion, second preference will be given to a student from the Pee Dee area.
The recipient must be an academically promising freshman or an upper classman with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need.
“Francis Marion University is the main cog in the Pee Dee as far as creating growth,” said Andy Rogers, vice president of marketing for Palmetto Brick. “The scholarship gives us a chance to reward students from our area who may be struggling financially.”
“Support from fine corporate citizens like Palmetto Brick is vitally important to Francis Marion University,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “This generous gift will enable deserving local students to remain in the Pee Dee to pursue their higher education.”
Palmetto Brick was founded in 1919 by J.L. Anderson of Cheraw. Now, third and fourth generations of his family are involved in the ownership and daily operations of the company. Palmetto Brick is the largest family-owned brick maker in South Carolina.
The company is based in Wallace, with branches in Florence and Myrtle Beach, as well as Monroe and Wilmington, N.C.
More information about the company can be found at www.palmettobrick.com.
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