Meridian Star


July 17, 2013



DECATUR —       • 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.

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