Meridian Star

December 18, 2013

Excellence in education: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     • Abby Skidmore has been selected to receive the Charles L. Young Sr. Cosmetology Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,100 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from the Charles L. Young Sr. Foundation directed by Charles L. Young Jr. Young Sr. was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and served District 82 for 29 years. He was a strong advocate for education and a loyal friend to the college.

     Skidmore, a 2011 graduate of Quitman High School, is a sophomore in the Cosmetology Program at MCC. She is a member of Health Occupation Students of America. Skidmore aspires to one day own her own salon.    

    • Jamila Swopes has been selected to receive the DHUGG Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $500 award is funded through the MCC Foundation. This scholarship is given in memory of Dennis E. Huggins III, son of Bishop Dennis E. Huggins Jr. and Evangelist Pearl Huggins. Dennis also attended Meridian Community College.

     Swopes, a 2013 graduate of Gautier High School, was a member of the Student Council, Beta Club and Key Club. She is a freshman in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at MCC. Swopes is a member of the MCC Gospel Choir and volunteers for Ocean Springs Hospital. After graduation, she plans to continue her education to become a physical therapist and one day open her own practice.

    • Joe T. Smith has been selected to receive the Construction Services/A. C. Terry Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

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

    Smith, a 1998 graduate of Sumter High School, is in the Construction Trades Program at MCC. He has competed in Skills USA, a competition for high school and community colleges across the United States. After completing the program, Smith will continue his education at MCC and attend the Industrial Maintenance Program. His goal is to become a general contractor

     • Jack Norton has been selected to receive the Eddie Holladay Family Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $2,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established to honor Holladay for his many contributions to Meridian Community College.

     Norton, a 2006 graduate of Clarkdale Attendance Center, is a sophomore in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. A Dean’s List scholar, he is a member of the Organization of Student Nurses and the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. He works full-time at the Lauderdale County Co-op. Norton's goal is to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

    • Meredith Huff has been selected to receive the Charles Armstrong Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by the Meridian Kiwanis Club to honor Armstrong’s 27 years with the Meridian Public School System. He is remembered as a teacher, coach, administrator, and especially as a mentor.

     Huff is a 2013 graduate of Meridian High School, where she was a member of the soccer and tennis teams, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. A freshman, Huff is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. She is undecided about her major, but plans to attend Mississippi State University after graduation.

    • Susan Bozeman has been selected to receive the Downtown Optimist Club/Bill Herndon Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by the Downtown Optimist Club and memorializes one of the club’s outstanding members.

     Bozeman attended Union High School and is a 2012 GED graduate of Meridian Community College. She is in the Health Care Data Technology Program at MCC. After graduation from the HCDT program, Susan’s plan is to enter the Pharmacy Technology Program.

     • Jacob Welborn has been selected to receive the Earl G. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship at Meridian Community College.

    This $2000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation. Earl G. Kennedy was from Stonewall Mississippi. A WWII veteran, Mr. Kennedy served in the U. S. Army and was held as a POW for 16 months. He was a passionate hunter and fisherman and after returning to the states and having a love for the outdoors he became a commercial fisherman. Subsequently Earl was able to acquire a position with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Sport Fisheries in Meridian. He was a kind, patient man and a great mentor.

     Welborn, a 2012 honors graduate of Clarkdale High School, is a President’s List scholar, He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. Welborn is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. He is an avid hunter and appreciates wildlife and the outdoors. Welborn plans to pursue a degree in Wildlife and Fishery Science at Mississippi State University Starkville Campus.

    • Patricia Lacy has been selected to receive the Gerry Wayne Purvis Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $2,000 award was established with the MCC Foundation by Betty Purvis to honor her husband for his service as president of the Foundation Board of Directors and his commitment to education. Mr. Purvis has been named to the College’s Hall of Fame — a recognition of alumni who have distinguished themselves in their vocational field.

    Lacy, a 1991 honors graduate of Meridian High School, is an honors graduate of MCC and the University of Southern Mississippi. She is in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. Lacey is a member of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the Organization of Student Nurses. She plans to continue working in the medical field and pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.