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Darla Moore Scholarship established at FMU

on Tuesday, 31 August 2021. Posted in Local News


The Darla Moore Scholarship, made possible by a $5 million gift from the Darla Moore Foundation, was announced Aug. 24 by Francis Marion University.

The Darla Moore Scholarship will be funded by $1 million per year for the next five years from the Darla Moore Foundation. Scholarships will cover tuition, room and board or school fees depending on the individual recipient's needs each semester. The first group of Darla Moore Scholars will enroll at FMU starting in the fall of 2022.

“FMU is delighted to receive this substantial gift from the Darla Moore Foundation,” FMU President Fred Carter said. “These scholarships will support those who would not attend college otherwise, and they will fund tuition, fees and housing – thereby giving these young men and women the opportunity to participate in the complete university experience.”

Francis Marion University will begin accepting Darla Moore Scholarship nominations from high school counselors in January 2022. The scholarship will be available to incoming freshmen students who will be starting classes at Francis Marion in the fall of 2022. Only school counselors can recommend students for the scholarship. They in turn will contact the Office of Enrollment Management for final consideration.

To be eligible to become a Darla Moore Scholar, students must be South Carolina residents, enrolling in full-time undergraduate studies, and demonstrate a financial need based on FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), with family income generally not exceeding $75,000. The scholarship is primarily, but not exclusively, geared toward students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

Recipients of the Darla Moore Scholarship must maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA and are not required to live on campus.

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