FLORENCE, S.C. – An endowed scholarship has been established by Barbara and Hamilton Lott to honor longtime FMU foreign languages professor Joseph A. James III.
The Joseph A. James Scholarship will be awarded to a student with a major concentration in modern languages – French track. If there is no such candidate, the scholarship will be given to a student with a major concentration in modern languages – Spanish track with a minor in French. If there is no such candidate, the scholarship will be given to a student with a major concentration in modern languages – Spanish track.
The scholarship recipient must also be a junior or a senior, a U.S. citizen and a graduate of a South Carolina high school.
James joined the FMU faculty in 1971 as a professor of French and Spanish. During his tenure, he also served as chairman of FMU’s Department of Modern Languages (now the Department of English, Modern Languages and Philosophy). He was honored with the title professor emeritus in 2000, and continues to teach at Francis Marion part-time.
He earned the B.A. degree in French from the University of Georgia, the M.A. degree in French from Middlebury College, and the Ph.D. degree in romance languages from Georgia.
“Hamilton and I know the importance of a college education in the job market,” said Barbara Lott. “We also see the need for improved foreign language skills in today’s increasingly globalized economy. Dr. Joseph A. James has devoted himself to helping students acquire these skills. We are happy to honor Dr. James for his distinguished career.”
Barbara Lott is a 1998 summa cum laude graduate of FMU, with a B.A. degree in modern languages and a minor in geography. She was a recipient of the William H. Blackwell Award, which is presented to the undergraduate Francis Marion University student, or students, with the highest grade point average (for all academic work undertaken at FMU) of those graduating during the past academic year.
“We appreciate the generosity of Barbara and Hamilton Lott in establishing this scholarship to recognize Dr. James, an outstanding and dedicated member of the FMU faculty for more than 30 years,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “This scholarship will provide tremendous opportunities for our students studying foreign languages.”
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