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.



The Robert E. McNair Scholarship application is online and is part of the Francis Marion University Undergraduate Admissions application. Students must complete a Francis Marion University application for admittance prior to submitting the McNair Scholarship application. Once you have completed your application for Admission, please complete the McNair Scholarship application below:


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, or mailed with the signature of your recommender on the seal to:
McNair Center, FMU
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC, 29502.

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