FLORENCE, S.C. – Drs. Sompong and Suwanee Kraikit have established an endowed scholarship to benefit international students at Francis Marion University.
The Sompong and Suwanee Kraikit Scholarship is intended to offer a teacher in Thailand an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree in education at FMU. The scholarship will cover tuition, room and board, and books for the recipient.
To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have a bachelor’s degree and meet admission requirements for international students as outlined in the FMU catalog. The student must be accepted into the graduate program in instructional accommodation through the FMU School of Education. The student must also be a native of Thailand and intend to return to Thailand to teach in a rural area.
If no student meets the above criteria, the scholarship may be awarded to a student recommended by the School of Education.
The Kraikits are longtime supporters of the university, with Sompong Kraikit serving on the FMU Foundation Board, including several terms as chair. Actively involved in the university’s capital campaign, he previously established an international education fund at the university in honor of his wife.
“Francis Marion University is truly fortunate to have benefactors such as Sompong and Suwanee Kraikit,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “This scholarship is just the latest example of the Kraikits’ generosity and support of FMU. This fund will allow deserving international students to earn a graduate degree in education and to become better teachers.”
Dr. Sompong Kraikit, a native of Nakornsawan, Thailand, has practiced medicine in the Florence community since 1976. A specialist in nephrology and hypertension, Dr. Kraikit was medical director of Florence Dialysis Center for 20 years. He currently is medical director of Darlington Dialysis Center and Florence Home Dialysis Center. For 10 years, he was medical director of the Acute Dialysis Unit, Medical Intensive Care at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Since 1977, he has been a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Kraikit is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a member of the Subspecialty Board of Nephrology, the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Nephrology, the American Federation for Clinical Research, the Society of Sigma Xi, the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis, the American Medical Association, the State Board of Medical Examiners, the S.C. Medical Society and the Florence County Medical Society.
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