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Allen Mathematics Scholarship

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The Allen Mathematics Scholarship has been established in honor of Dr. Roger, “Bucky” Allen, who retired in August 2006 after 35 years of dedicated service to Francis Marion University. Among his many honors, he was named the Distinguished Professor in 1981 and Mamie C. Gray Professor of Mathematics in 2004. He was the first non-chairman to serve on the Academic Council, and, together with Dr. L.D. Hendrick, formed promotion and tenure policies in the early years of Francis Marion College.

While at F.M.U., Bucky was Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science from 1986 to 1995. Bucky has had an indelible impact on the Department of Mathematics. He helped the program survive during difficult times and flourish in good times. He is a good listener and gives keen perception into issues. He is so easy to talk with that you forget you are talking to a talented mathematician. His name is synonymous with excellence in teaching. Master teacher could adequately describe him. Whether his teaching was for calculus, analysis, or probability, he dovoted much time and effort to his teaching.

Based on funds raised, it is the intent to make at least one $1,000 scholarship annually to one or more students from South Carolina majoring in mathematics. Please consider a gift to the Allen Mathematics Scholarship. Donations may be mailed to the Francis Marion University Foundation, P.O. Box 00547, Florence, SC 29502 or contributed online by going to the FMU website and selecting “Make a Gift Now!” under the “Alumni & Friends” menu item. In either case please enter “Allen Mathematics Scholarship” in the memo line of the check, or in the subject or comment line of the donation form.

Students especially, and faculty also are thankful for all donations, which help keep mathematics a vibrant tradition at Francis Marion University.