FLORENCE, S.C. – The Wessie G. Hicks Nursing Scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by her children, Lee H. Nunn and Ruell L. Hicks Jr.
The scholarship recognizes the late Wessie Hicks’s dedication to the field of nursing. She was a 1937 graduate of the McLeod Infirmary Training School for Nursing and later completed graduate work at the University of Virginia and Teachers College of Columbia University in New York.
From 1937 until 1974, with the exception of a few months with the Department of Health, her nursing career was pursued at McLeod. She served in numerous capacities, including floor nurse, nursing arts instructor, nursing supervisor, and director of nursing service.
The scholarship recipient must be formally admitted into the FMU nursing program, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, must demonstrate financial need, and must be a resident of the Pee Dee.
“My brother and I are thrilled with the establishment of the School of Nursing at Francis Marion University,” said Nunn. “It was always a dream of our mother’s to have a four-year degree program in the Florence area. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to continue mother’s interest by helping provide an annual scholarship. It is our hope that her dedication to nursing excellence will be remembered as Francis Marion strives to meet the future nursing needs of our community.”
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