FLORENCE, S.C. – The Kirby Scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by Dr. John Kirby, superintendent of Dillon School District 3 in Latta.
Kirby and his wife, Vicki, each received a B.S. degree from FMU in 1972. Each also went on to receive M.Ed. degrees from Francis Marion – John in 1979 and Vicki in 1982. Their son, Michael, is also an FMU graduate.
“Our time at Francis Marion University greatly influenced our lives and careers,” said John. “We want to give something back to the university and to students who are also pursuing education as a profession.”
The scholarship will be permanently endowed initially in the amount of $30,000 with plans to increase it in the future. This new scholarship replaces the John and Vicki Kirby Teacher Scholarship, which was founded in 1998 and provided two annual $500 awards.
The Kirby Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior in the teacher education program. The recipient must be a graduate of Latta High School. If no Latta High School graduate is eligible, then the recipient can be any qualifying graduate of any South Carolina public high school. The recipient must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Financial need will be considered, and the award may be renewed from the junior to the senior year.
Not only has Dr. Kirby been benevolent with personal gifts, but he has been instrumental in helping to establish numerous annual and endowed scholarships throughout FMU’s “Campaign for Excellence.”
“John and Vicki Kirby have long supported education in the Pee Dee both personally and professionally,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “We are extremely appreciative of their efforts to help educate the region’s future teachers through this scholarship.”
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