Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation donates $200,000 to FMU for nursing scholarships
FLORENCE, S.C. – 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 to attract new students to the nursing program. 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 2005-06 academic year, 49 FMU students received assistance from the scholarships.
FMU has assumed control of the bachelor of science in nursing program, which was previously a cooperative program between FMU and the Medical University of South Carolina. Construction on a new facility to house the program is nearly complete thanks to a $5 million gift from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation.
The foundation also contributes funding to the Non-Profit Leadership Institute at FMU, which graduated its fourth class in April. 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.”
“I cannot say enough about the generous support – both financial and otherwise – that Francis Marion University receives from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation each and every day,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “Through these nursing scholarships and a new state-of-the-art nursing building, the foundation is ensuring the availability of qualified local nurses, which in turn will benefit the healthcare of thousands of Pee Dee residents for years to come.”
#198 / 6-19-06