SCHOLARSHIPS

 Donor Scholarships

IMPORTANT:  Students must turn in a scholarship application by March 1, in order to be considered for non-renewable scholarships.

This deadline applies to scholarships made directly from the University or from outside sources. Generally, full-time enrollment is required  to receive a scholarship. Unless otherwise stated in a student’s initial award letter, scholarships are non-renewable.

University Scholarships

ROBERT E. MCNAIR

The McNair Scholarship is named for former S.C. Governor Robert E. McNair, who was instrumental in the founding of Francis Marion University in the late 1960s. McNair Scholars possess a strong interest in public service and pursuing a public service career. The selection process is competitive, and finalists for the award represent some of the most accomplished and extraordinary students that S.C. has to offer. The McNair Scholarship covers a student’s full tuition, housing, and a meal plan. It offers funding for a study abroad experience as well. McNair Scholars automatically become part of the FMU Honors program. The McNair scholarship application, including the required essays and two letters of recommendation, is due by Dec. 1. Finalist interviews and awards will be made in January.

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Benefits and Opportunities
McNair Scholars receive full tuition and housing fees to Francis Marion University, plus a book allowance, and a meal plan. The scholarship is renewable for the four years students attend Francis Marion University. Additional benefits and opportunities include:

  • Travel abroad during spring break of the freshman year
  • Study abroad in one of FMU’s exchange student programs
  • Automatic admission to FMU’s superb Honors Program
  • Opportunity to participate in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City every spring
  • Early class registration
  • Housing in the Forest Villas Apartments, FMU’s newest residential units
  • Access to the McNair Scholars Speaker Series featuring distinguished speakers on politics, government, history, and more
  • Experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom
  • Participation in public service activities to further strengthen the local community

McNair Scholarship Criteria
Candidates for the Robert E. McNair Scholarship at FMU must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time South Carolina resident
  • Be a high school senior
  • Be admitted to FMU prior to the December 1 McNair deadline
  • Maintain a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have a SAT Score (Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math) of 1160 or higher; or a 24 or higher ACT Score
  • Possess a demonstrated interest in public service
  • Deliver a completed McNair application and all additional required materials (essays, two letters of recommendation) to the Director of the Robert E. McNair Center by December 1.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Ann Stoeckmann
Director of the McNair Center
843-661-1388
mcnaircenter@fmarion.edu

 

McNair Scholars Brochure

Application for the McNair Scholarship





Essays

The McNair Scholarship Application requires two essays. Submissions should be no more than 500 words each. (Files should be .doc, .docx, or .pdf)

Writing Prompts

  1. Clearly this scholarship contributes to your own intellectual growth as an FMU student, but being a McNair Scholar will also put you in a leadership position at FMU. In what specific ways do you see yourself as a leader based upon past experiences? How do you see your leadership role evolving as part of your commitment to the University?
  2. Experiential learning is planned learning taking place outside the classroom. At FMU, we provide many opportunities for students to learn experientially including semester study abroad, FMU Honors, Washington Semester, internships, volunteer work, student teaching, etc. Francis Marion views this type of learning as an integral part of the overall learning experience. As a McNair Scholar you will have many opportunities to take advantage of these learning environments. Tell us about experiential learning situations that have been important to your intellectual growth. What kinds of experiential learning opportunities would you want to participate in at FMU? How would these opportunities dovetail with your career interests? If you were asked to develop a new experiential learning program/activity at FMU, what would it look like and how would it serve the FMU community?




Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be emailed from your recommender to McNairCenter@fmarion.edu, or mailed with the signature of your recommender on the seal to:
McNair Center, FMU
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC, 29502.

FRESHMAN SUPPLEMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP

The new FMU Freshman Supplemental Scholarship will make it possible for all freshmen who are South Carolina residents, and who have demonstrated financial need, to cover the cost of all tuition and academic fees during their first year at the University. The supplemental scholarship will pay the difference between a student’s first-year tuition and fees, and all grants or scholarships a student may receive, provided the student is eligible and receiving a full Pell Grant from the federal government. Pell Grant status is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline for consideration is February 1, and students must have submitted FAFSA and be an accepted student.

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FRESHMEN SUPPLEMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP AT FRANCIS MARION

The new FMU Freshman Supplemental Scholarship will make it possible for all freshmen who are South Carolina residents, and who have demonstrated financial need, to cover the cost of all tuition and fees during their first year at the University! The supplement will pay the difference between a student’s first-year tuition and fees, and all grants or scholarships a student may receive, provided the student is eligible and receiving a full Pell Grant from the federal government. Pell Grant status is determined by the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).Begin a path to the Freshman Supplemental Scholarship with two easy steps: Apply to FMU and complete the FAFSA.

Visit https://www.fmarion.edu/freshmensupp/ for more information.

FIRST GENERATION FUND SCHOLARSHIP

Francis Marion University’s First Generation Fund (FGF) is designed to help FMU students who are the first in their family to attend college. Advancing the cause of first generation students offers the widest path to improving our community and our country. First generation students who desire consideration should complete the Francis Marion University Institutional Scholarship Form and submit it to the Office of Financial Assistance by Feb 1. For more information on the First Generation Fund please visit: fmarion.edu/firstgen

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Francis Marion University’s First Generation Fund is designed to help FMU students who are the first in their family to attend college. First Generation students represent a significant segment of the FMU community — more than 40 percent of the most recent freshman class — and also a significant challenge. But within that challenge lies great opportunity. Advancing the cause of first generation students offers the widest path to improving our community and our country. Informed donors like you can make a difference.
Visit https://www.fmarion.edu/firstgen/ for more information.

KONDUROS

The Konduros Scholarship is among FMU’s top academic scholarships. It is awarded based upon review of students’ academic achievements by a selection committee. The total amount of the Konduros Scholarship is $6,000 per academic year and is renewable for 4 years. To renew the Konduros Scholarship, students must complete at least 30 semester hours each academic year in addition to maintaining at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Konduros Scholars also have additional cultural/interdisciplinary experiences that are required to maintain the scholarship. NOTE: There is no application for this scholarship.

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To be eligible, you must have:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • A score of 1160 or higher on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) or 24 or higher composite score on the ACT.

*Scholarship deadline for the incoming class of Fall 2020 is March 15, 2020.

EDUCATION FELLOWS

The Francis Marion Education Fellow scholarship is awarded based upon the recommendation of faculty and student on-campus interviews. The total amount of the Education Fellow Scholarship is $5,000. This scholarship is given to a student who is a part of the Teacher Cadet program in S.C.; however, preference is given to a student who is a part of a Teacher Cadet program sponsored by FMU.

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To be eligible, you must have:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • A score of 1160 or higher on the SAT (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) or 24 or higher composite score on the ACT;
  • Be a part of a Teacher Cadet program in South Carolina
  • Carolina

*Scholarship deadline for the incoming class of Fall 2020 is March 15, 2020.

MERIT BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

ACADEMIC DISTINCTION AWARD

All accepted first-time freshman for the Fall semester are considered for merit-based scholarships.  Merit-based scholarships are awarded in three rounds, and vary in amount based upon the merit achievements of each student.  To be minimally competitive, it is highly recommended that students have least a 3.0 cumulative GPA with an 1100 on the SAT or a 24 on the ACT. Students who have scored at least an 1160 on the SAT or a 24 on the ACT will be automatically awarded a minimum of $1,000 in merit-based aid.  First round acceptance deadline-Dec. 15.  Second round acceptance deadline-Feb. 15. Third round acceptance deadline-March 15.

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Criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 1160 or higher SAT score (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) or 24 or higher composite ACT score

Merit-based scholarships are renewable for 4 years by completing 30 semester hours a year and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

TRANSFER

To be considered for a Transfer Scholarship, you must be admitted to Francis Marion University and plan to enroll for the Fall 2020. The priority deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2020. Once the priority deadline has passed, all applications will be reviewed, and if awarded, students will be notified directly by the Office of Admissions. If you have any questions about the transfer scholarship process, please speak to Jessica Foxworth at 843-661-4692 or at jfoxworth@fmarion.edu.

Transfer Scholarship Application







PHI THETA KAPPA

One renewable $1,000 scholarship is awarded per year to members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society who transfer to FMU. To be considered for this scholarship, you must be admitted to FMU and plan to enroll in Fall 2020. Students must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA at the institution where they are members of Phi Theta Kappa. The scholarship is renewable each year with the completion of 30 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA. The priority deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2020. Once the priority deadline has passed, all applications will be reviewed, and if awarded, students will be notified directly by the Office of Admissions. If you have any questions about the transfer scholarship process, please speak to Jessica Foxworth at 843-661-4692 or at jfoxworth@fmarion.edu.

Application for Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship






GRADUATE

To be considered for a Graduate Scholarship, you must be an accepted new graduate student admitted to Francis Marion University for Fall 2020. The priority deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2020. Once the priority deadline has passed, all applications will be reviewed, and if awarded, students will be notified directly by the Office of Admissions. If you have any questions about the graduate application or scholarship process, please speak to Brandon Funk at 843-661-4636 or at graduate@fmarion.edu.

Graduate Scholarship Application






South Carolina Scholarships

Francis Marion takes pride in enrolling more than 1,200 students annually who benefit from South Carolina’s Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, and HOPE scholarships. Individual students can work with guidance counselors at their schools to apply for the state grants, but FMU counselors can assist if needed.

The purpose of the LIFE Scholarship is to increase access to higher education, improve the employability of South Carolina students so as to attract business to the State, provide incentives for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. THE LIFE SCHOLARSHIP IS DEPENDENT UPON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS TO BE APPROPRIATED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE. The award is contingent upon student meeting eligibility requirements when final high school transcript and/or college grades are received by FMU.

Requirements

For all students:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment
  • Be a graduate from a SC high school, approved home-school program, or preparatory high school
  • Attend an eligible SC college or university as a full-time student
  • Must not be a Palmetto Fellow
  • Have not been convicted of any felonies or 2 or more alcohol/drug related convictions
  • Must not be in default, owe a refund, or a repayment on Federal or State financial aid

AND first time entering freshmen must have at least 2 of the following 3:

  • Score at least 1100 on the SAT (critical reading & math) or 24 on the ACT by June of the senior year in high school
  • Rank in the top 30% of the graduating class
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the Uniform Grading Scale
Renew
  • After the initial year, have at least a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 30 earned hours
  • After the second year, have at least a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 60 earned hours
  • After the third year, have at least a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 90 earned hours

What is the difference between “Life GPA” and “Cumulative grade point average”?

Your Life GPA is calculated for the primary purpose for the awarding of the LIFE Scholarship. Your Life GPA includes all grades earned at any eligible institution, including courses that do not transfer and college courses taken while in high school.
Again, your LIFE GPA is only used to determine LIFE Scholarship eligibility. Your LIFE GPA is not recorded on your official transcript from FMU.

Your FMU cumulative grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of net hours taken at FMU. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required for graduation on all work attempted at FMU. In addition, a student must maintain an average of 2.0 or higher in his/her major courses in order to meet graduation requirements. Your cumulative grade point average will be reflected on your official transcript from FMU.

For additional information, please refer to the Commission on Higher Education website.

Gain Eligibility

Meet the Requirements For All Students AND the Renew LIFE criteria

The purpose of the SC HOPE Scholarship program is to provide funding to students who graduate from high school with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, but are not eligible to receive the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarships. HOPE is available for the initial year of enrollment only. HOPE is not renewable. A student must meet the LIFE renewal requirements (refer to Code 12) after the initial year of enrollment to continue receiving a state funded scholarship.

THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP IS DEPENDENT UPON THE ANNUAL PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THE LOTTERY.

Award is contingent upon student meeting eligibility requirements when final high school transcript is received by FMU.

Requirements
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment
  • Be a graduate from a SC high school, an approved home-school program, or a preparatory high school
  • Attend an eligible SC college or university as a full-time student
  • Must not be a Palmetto Fellow or LIFE scholarship recipient
  • Have not been convicted of any felonies or 2 or more alcohol/drug related convictions
  • Must not be in default, owe a refund, or a repayment on Federal or State financial aid
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA on the Uniform Grading Scale

The purpose of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program is to recognize the most academically talented high school seniors in South Carolina and encourage them to attend eligible colleges or universities in the State. Palmetto Fellows scholarship recipients are selected by the Commission on Higher Education. THE PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP IS DEPENDENT UPON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS TO BE APPROPRIATED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE.

Renew
  • Have earned 30 hours each academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
Requirements
  • Must be a LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipient.
  • Must be in the second, third, or fourth year of full-time enrollment (based on initial date of college enrollment after high school)
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student in a declared major that is approved by the Commission on Higher Education.

Eligible majors as of 8/4/15:  106 Biology, 108 Chemistry, 109 Computer Science, 145 Math, 154 Physics, 315U Middle Education Math/Science, 501 Co-Op (exception… Pharmaceutical Studies…1st time attended college must be Fall ’13 or later), 963 Nursing, and 143 Industrial Engineering (exception…1st time attended college must be Fall ’14 or later) .
Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance if you are unsure whether or not your major is Enhancement eligible.

  • Must be making significant progress towards completion of the declared major.
  • Must have earned credit for at least 14 hours of instruction in CHE approved mathematics and life and physical science courses by the end of the first year of college (based on initial date of college enrollment after high school).

Currently, any FMU math, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, or Physical Science course will count toward the 14 hour requirement. **This is subject to change at any time based on directives from CHE.

Current interpretation of the new legislation precludes students from ever becoming eligible for the Enhancement scholarship if the 14 hour requirement is not met by the end of the freshman year. AP credits and dual enrollment courses (college credit courses taken while still in high school) can satisfy the 14 hour rule.

The Enhancement scholarship amount is up to $2500 per year. The Enhancement scholarship is awarded in addition to the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows scholarship.

The Enhancement scholarship is based upon availability of funds to be appropriated for the program.

Donor-Supported Scholarships

Donors and supporters of Francis Marion University provide support for more than 150 named, specialty scholarships at FMU. These awarded scholarships are available to all students, although many have specialized qualifying criteria, such as a particular field of study or specific hometown or home county. Awards vary, as do specific qualifications.