The Governor Robert E. McNair Scholarship Program is a wonderful opportunity at Francis Marion University. This privately funded scholarship program is designed to prepare a rising generation of leaders to make a difference in their communities and instill a lifelong commitment to public service. The first class of McNair Scholars began at Francis Marion University in August 2009. This is a recurring scholarship; therefore, additional McNair Scholars are named each year.



  • Free tuition, fees, and room and board for four years of study.
  • A book allowance each semester.
  • Opportunity to travel abroad during spring break of the freshman year.
  • Opportunity to study abroad in one of nine exchange student programs. McNair Scholars can choose to study in Canada, England, France, Germany, and Ireland.
  • Admission to the Francis Marion Honors Program. This includes the opportunity to travel on the yearly Honors trip held every Fall. Locations include New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
  • Opportunity to participate in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City.
  • Early class registration.
  • Upgraded Housing. McNair Scholars will live in the Forest Villas Apartments, the newest housing on campus. These furnished units contain four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, and shared living room and kitchen space. (One and two bedroom units may be available).
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Participation in public service activities to further strengthen the local community.



  • Be a South Carolina resident.
  • Be a high school senior.
  • Be in the top 30% of graduating class.
  • Achieve a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have an SAT score of 1160 or higher (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) or 24 or higher ACT score.
  • Display a dedication to public service.



The McNair Scholarship is renewable for a total of four years provided that the recipient:

  • Completes 30 semester hours each year and maintains a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher.
  • Participates in the FMU Honors Program and graduate with University Honors.
  • Participates in travel and study abroad opportunities.
  • Participates in service learning/public service opportunities.
  • Lives in on-campus housing for the duration of the scholarship.

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Ann Stoeckmann
Director, Robert E. McNair Center for Research and Service

Brandon Funk
Graduate Admissions Counselor
P.O. Box 100547
Florence, South Carolina 29502-0547