Genwright awarded McNair Scholarship
Francis Marion University has named a student from Marion County as the recipient of the prestigious McNair Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year.
Ronisha Genwright of Mullins High School in Mullins is the newest scholar. She plans to major in computer science at FMU, but is looking forward to a broad academic experience.
“I wanted my college experience to be led by teachers who not only have a passion for teaching stu-dents, but a desire to see them succeed as well,” Gen-wright said. “Some of my past teachers who have made the greatest impact on my life have graduated from Francis Marion University, and I know that’s something I will find at FMU.”
The McNair Scholarship is FMU’s highest academic scholarship award and is highly competitive. It’s based not only on scholarship, but on community involvement as well. The university seeks to award the scholarship to students who desire to serve their community, and who have already exhibited a will-ingness and ability to do so.
Genwright’s interest in the field of computer science originates from her time as a member of the Marion County Robotics Team. The challenges and opportunities present within the field of computer science are exactly what she’s looking for in a career.
McNair scholars are selected by a special com-mittee made up of Francis Marion University faculty and administrators. The privately endowed scholarship was established in the 2009-2010 school year and is named in honor of former South Carolina Governor Robert E. McNair, who was instrumental in the creation of Francis Marion University. McNair’s own life of service is a model for the scholar-ship’s aims.