Meridian Star

July 17, 2013

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

Sarah Moomaw
The Meridian Star

DECATUR —     • The first recipient of the Waters Family Scholarship is Kaitlyn Kinney.

    This $1,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by M.L. and Kim Waters and the Waters Family in December 2012. The Waters Family is a strong advocate for education and wanted to extend that benefit to the families of employees of Waters International Trucks and Waters Truck and Tractor.

     Kinney is a 2013 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, where she was a member of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) and Student Council. She will be in the first semester of the University Transfer Program at MCC. After graduating with an associate’s degree, she plans to complete her bachelor’s degree and study speech pathology. 

    Kinney is the daughter of Timmy Cates.



    • Latara D. Brewster has been selected to receive the Recycled and Renewed-Second Chance Scholarship at Meridian Community College.      This $1,000 award is given through the MCC Foundation. Angela and Shawn Gamber established this award to be given to a transplant recipient, immediate family member of a donor or a living donor.

     Brewster, a 2001 graduate of Meridian High School, is a sophomore in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. A Dean’s List scholar, she is a member of the Organization of Student Nurses and the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. She plans to continue her education at the University of Southern Mississippi with a goal to finish her master’s degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner.

    

• Jennifer J. St. Clair has been selected to receive the Margaret Reed Dulaney Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $2,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established from memorials made by friends and family at the time of her death. Mrs. Dulaney is remembered for her philanthropy and her love of the arts. She was always at the forefront in any project that benefited Meridian and Lauderdale County.

     St. Clair is a 2012 salutatorian graduate of West Lauderdale High School. She is a member of the Baptist Student Union, Ivy League and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year college students at MCC. St. Clair is in the University Transfer Program at MCC with plans to pursue both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in chemical engineering at Mississippi State University. She is interested in working with the oil, chemical or power plant industry



     • Leslie S. Johnson was selected to receive the HMP Nursing Services Scholarship at Meridian Community College.  

    This award is funded through the MCC Foundation established by Mr. Jay Slaughter of HMP Nursing Services, Inc. The recipient will receive the scholarship until they graduate from the nursing program and will be required to work two years for his company.

     Johnson, a 2010 graduate of Meridian High School, is in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. A Dean’s List scholar, Johnson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year college students, the Organization of Student Nurses and the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Her goal is to continue to the master’s level in nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi.



    • Holly L. Howard 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. Mrs. Dwight Barham of Hattiesburg has continued to fund the scholarship each year. Preference in selection is given to a member of the local group.

     Howard is a 2013 honors graduate of Meridian High School, where she was a member of the Lady Cats Varsity Cheerleading Squad, Dusty Social Service Club and volunteers for College for Kids. She is in the University Transfer Program at MCC and plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi for her bachelor’s degree. Howard hopes to one day own her own dance studio.



     • Robert Moore has been selected to receive the Dan Self/Robbie Jones Pre-Law Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $2,000 award is funded through the MCC Foundation by the local attorneys.  It is their intent to encourage students to pursue a career in law.

     Moore, a 2013 graduate of Lamar High School, has been accepted into MCC's Honors College program. He is a freshman in the University Transfer Program at MCC. Moore is a member of Northcrest Baptist Church; volunteers with Hope Village and holds two part-time jobs. He plans to transfer to the University of Mississippi School of Law and major in international business.

 

    • Sarai Saulters has been selected to receive the John and Ann Johnson Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $1,400 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by the Johnsons. Mr. Johnson served as business manager for the college for 23 years; Mrs. Johnson taught in the Lauderdale County School System for 14 years. Recipients are chosen from students who are graduates of a Lauderdale County School District.

    Saulters is a 2013 highest honors graduate of Clarkdale High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She is in the University Transfer Program at MCC. Her goal is to complete a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in speech pathology at the University of Southern Mississippi.



      • Nhuyen Nguyen and Ashley Tucker have been selected to receive the Meridian Area Dental Society Scholarships at Meridian Community College. 

    These $500 awards are funded through the MCC Foundation by the local professional organization. It is the intention of the doctors to encourage students pursuing a career in the dental field.

    Nguyen is a 2005 graduate of Pass Christian High School. A Dean’s List scholar, she is in her second semester of the Dental Assisting Program at MCC. Nguyen works part-time, volunteers at LOVE's Kitchen and is a Vietnamese translator. Her plans are to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and become an instructor.

     Tucker is a 2001 graduate of Madison Central High School. A President’s List scholar, she is a freshman in the Dental Assisting Program at MCC. Tucker works part-time, is a member of Health Occupation Students of America and American Dental Assistants Association. After graduation from MCC, she plans to work for a dentist closer to her home in Philadelphia.



      • Sarah C. Wright 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.

    Wright, a 2013 highest honors graduate of Clarkdale High School, is starting her first year in the University Transfer Program at MCC. She volunteer’s at LOVE's Kitchen and is an active member of her church. Her plans are to pursue a degree in mathematics with a minor in secondary education at Mississippi State University or the University of Southern Mississippi.

    • Rustin S. Godwin has been selected to receive the Richard F. Riley, MD Scholarship at Meridian Community College. 

    This $2,500 award is funded through the MCC Foundation from an endowment established by Mrs. Mary Ann Bonney Riley. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II and completing his residency at the University of Virginia, Dr. Riley began the practice of general surgery in Meridian in the early '50s. After retiring, he and his brother established The Riley Foundation in 1998. This community will continue to benefit from his service and philanthropy for years to come.

     Godwin, a 2005 graduate of Newton County Academy, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University. He is in the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC. Godwin is a member of the Organization of Student Nurses. He works for Rush Hospital in the critical care unit. His goal is to continue his education and receive his bachelor’s degree in nursing and someday become a traveling nurse.