Meridian Star

November 22, 2012

Excellence in education


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     • A.J. Mutone was selected to receive the C.B. “Dough” and Alice Rawlings Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,200 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Norma Rawlings Webb. Mrs. Webb chose this means to pay tribute to her parents, who were both involved in civic and sports activities in the Meridian area for many years. Mrs. Webb died in January of this year. Because of her generosity students attending MCC for years to come will have help with the costs of college. Mrs. Webb also established the Norma Rawlings Webb Endowment and the Tommy Webb Endowment.

    Mutone is a 2011 graduate of Petal High School, where he was a member of the Petal High School baseball team. Mutone is in the University Transfer Program and is manager for the MCC baseball team. His plans are to pursue a degree in a sports related field.

    • Nathan Kirkland was selected to receive the Northwood Men’s Golf Association Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by the local group.

    Kirkland, a 2012 home school graduate, is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. He is a member of the Mississippi Junior Golf Association and competed in the MJGA Tour and the Mississippi State Games. Kirkland is a member of the MCC Eagle Golf Team and works part-time at Northwood Country Club. After graduating from MCC, he plans to enter the Professional Golf Management Program at Mississippi State University.

    Jones County Junior College transfer students Heather McLain and Michelle Marie Blancett, both of Laurel, and Dora Renee Coaker of State Line were recently recognized as recipients of the Riley Next Step Scholarship from MSU-Meridian. Recipients of the scholarship are known as Riley Scholars.?A total of 60 outstanding transfer students from East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Jones County Junior College, and Meridian Community College were selected as spring and fall 2012 Riley Scholars.

    These recipients will receive over $457,800 in scholarship money, made possible through a grant from The Riley Foundation and other generous benefactors.  Riley Scholars receive full tuition and fees for two years or four semesters at MSU-Meridian.

    Since its inception in fall 2010, 188 individuals have received the Riley Next Step Scholarship.

    • LIVINGSTON, Ala.—  University of West Alabama faculty member Dr. Mark Davis has been elected a regional vice president of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Davis serves as chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and assistant professor of psychology at UWAA,

    Davis was elected to the position at the honor society’s 2012 Biennial Convention in St. Louis, Mo. As a regional vice president, he will serve on the society’s Chapter Relations Committee and work with officers and students to strengthen chapters in the Southeast.

    Throughout the past five years, Davis has served as president and president-elect for the UWA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Davis expressed that one of his primary objectives will be to foster the development of the Society’s student members.

    • Tory Swearingen Shirley recently received a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi State University. 

    A graduate of West Lauderdale High School, Shirley earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Mississippi and her master of science and specialist degrees from Mississippi State University. 

    Shirley is currently employed by Mississippi State University-Meridian as assistant professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. She is a resident of Collinsville, where she lives with her husband Michael, and their three daughters, Alexa, Elizabeth and Olivia.

    • Janet Louise Geist has been selected to receive the Mitchell Companies Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by the local business conglomerate.

    Geist, a 1970 graduate of Sumner High School in Sumner, Washington, is in her first year in the Graphic Design Program at MCC. A mother of three and a grandmother of 10, Geist will continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in graphic design at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

    • Angelia Lynn Austin and Christi L. McRaven have been selected to receive the Carney-Nelson Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    This $900 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by Harriett Carney, Dr. Chip Carney and Dr. Virginia Nelson.

    Austin, a 1993 graduate of Meridian High School, is in the University Transfer Program taking courses in preparation for veterinary school. A Dean’s List scholar, she has completed her associate’s degree in liberal arts. She is getting a head start on her career path by working full time at Poplar Springs Animal Hospital. 

    McRaven is a 2008 graduate of Kemper County High School and a 2011 graduate of the University Transfer Program at MCC. While finishing her prerequisite classes at MCC, McRaven attends Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus, majoring in education with a concentration in history and english.  She also works part-time at Animal Medical Supply.

    • Keandria Z. Gray has been selected to receive the Thomas and Norma Bourdeaux Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,400 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Mrs. Bourdeaux. The first president of the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, Bourdeaux had a distinguished career in law. Mrs. Bourdeaux is a former member of the Mississippi State House of Representatives and an accomplished artist. She also served on the Board of Directors of the MCC Foundation.

    Gray, a 2012 graduate of Meridian High School, is in the University Transfer Program at MCC studying pre-law. She is a member of the Gospel Choir, MCC Chorus and on the College Activities Board. Her plans are to continue at Mississippi State University and then enter law school.   

    • Aaron C. Jones has been selected to receive the Rodney Walker Technology Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,500 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Tommy Dulaney in memory of his mentor. Walker was the founding member of the Drafting and Design Technology Program at MCC. He taught for 40 years.

    Jones is a 2012 of Clarkdale High School. He is a member of the Baptist Student Union. Jones is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. While working on his passion for music, he plans to pursue a degree in sound-engineering at Middle Tennessee State University.

    • Tiffany A. Clark has been selected to receive the Alumni and Friends Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $975 award is funded through the MCC Foundation.

 Clark, a 2007 graduate of Clinton High School, is a President’s List scholar, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students, the Health Occupation Students of America and serves as class treasurer for the Dental Hygiene Program. After graduation, Clark plans to enter the workforce as a registered dental hygienist.

    • Sarah E. Kelly has been selected to receive the Beverly Barham Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $500 award was initiated by the Dusty Social Service Club in 1990. Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Barham of Hattiesburg have continued to fund the scholarship each year. Preference in selection is given to a member of the local group.

    Kelly, a 2012 graduate of the Meridian Christian Home Educators, is a member of the Dusty Social Service Club and National Honor Society. She is in the University Transfer Program at MCC with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and go on to medical school majoring in neonatology.

    • Ashley Raquel Garrett has been selected to receive the Rea, Shaw, Giffin & Stuart Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $2,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by the local accounting firm. Employees initiate this fund each year as their Christmas gift to the partners; the partners in turn complete the scholarship designated for a student studying accounting, business technology, or computer science.

    Garrett is a 2011 honors graduate of Southeast Lauderdale High School. She is a youth leader at First Assembly of God. Garrett is in her second year as a University Transfer Program student at MCC. After graduation, she plans to transfer to Mississippi State University and pursue a degree in elementary education. 

    • Charles Matthew Haney has been selected to receive the Rebekah Hurley “Ree Ree” Toney Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $500 award is funded through the MCC Foundation and to be awarded to a Radiologic Technology student from Clarke County. Toney touched the lives of many MCC students with her unconditional giving to the foundation.

    Haney, a 2002 graduate of Northeast High School, is a Dean’s List scholar, a member of the Radiologic Technology Student Organization and Health Occupation Students of America, (HOSA). Haney is also a member of the Stonewall Fire Department and works at Rush Hospital in radiology. He plans to complete the Radiologic Technology Program, receive his certification and then receive his bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences.