Meridian Star


April 9, 2014

New scholarships established at ECCC

MERIDIAN —     DECATUR – Each year, alumni and friends of East Central Community College  provide much-needed financial support for students in the five-county district through various annual and endowed scholarships.

    Three new scholarships were recently approved by the College’s Board of Trustees and include the Etheridge Family Scholarship, Square County Auctions Scholarship and the Eastside Pawn and Gun Scholarship.

    The Etheridge Family Scholarship was established by Tam H. Etheridge through the T.H. Etheridge trust on behalf of his three sisters and himself, all of whom attended East Central Community College. They are the children of James and Pauline Etheridge of Louisville.

    Etheridge is a member of the East Central Community College Class of 1953 and was selected Alumnus of the Year in 1998. He served as editor of the Wo-He-Lo yearbook his sophomore year and met his future spouse, Nora Reagan, while she was visiting ECCC at Homecoming in 1952. They have two children.

    He continued his education at Mississippi State University and majored in accounting. Following three-and-a-half years of active duty military service as a carrier pilot in the U.S. Navy, he went to work for R&R Hatchery & Milling Company, Inc., in Carthage. He later became the owner of this company, then named Choctaw Maid Farms, Inc., with operations in several counties of central Mississippi.

    Jamie Etheridge Harrell is a member of the East Central Community College Class of 1949 and was selected May Queen her sophomore year. She continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She earned a master’s degree in music education and taught music in a number of schools before her retirement. She lives in Rayville, La., with her husband, James, and plays the organ and piano at Rayville Methodist Church. The Harrells have one son.

    June Etheridge Addkison is a member of the ECCC Class of 1951 and also began dating her future spouse, Dwight Addkison, while both were students at the college. The Addkisons continued their education at Mississippi State University and settled in Louisville following college.

    June continues to teach music education and private piano lessons. For 28 years she has been the music director at Calvary Baptist Church west of Louisville. Dwight had a career in the business world until his death in 1980. The Addkisons have two children.

    Etta Etheridge Carpenter enrolled at East Central in 1953 on a band scholarship. Following her freshman year, she married sophomore Mel Carpenter, a 2006 inductee in the ECCC Athletic Hall of Fame, and they continued their education at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Mel began a career in athletics at Perkinston Junior College and later became Director of Athletics and a professor at Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Fla. The Carpenters retired in Florida and have four children.

    The Etheridge Family Scholarship will be awarded annually to an ECCC student who has completed his or her freshman year in the field of business, preferably with an emphasis in accounting.

    To qualify, candidates must meet the following criteria: 1) Be a resident of the college’s five-county district; 2) be enrolled full-time at East Central his or her freshman year after high school graduation; 3) attain sophomore standing; 4) have maintained a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; 5) major in business with an emphasis in accounting; and 6) must show need for financial assistance.

    This is a two-semester scholarship and recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and must continue full-time study at East Central to continue receiving the award.

    The Square County Auctions Scholarship was established by Joe Andy Helton and will be awarded annually to a graduate of Leake Central High School who enrolls full-time in the fall following high school graduation.

    Also established by Mr. Helton, the Eastside Pawn and Gun Scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate of Leake Academy who enrolls full time following high school graduation.

    Recipients of both scholarships will be selected by the ECCC Scholarship Committee.

    “The ECCC Foundation would like to thank our donors who continue to support the scholarship program,” said Dr. Hollingsworth. “We also encourage others to establish scholarships and help meet the financial needs of students.”

During 2013, the East Central Community College Foundation awarded approximately 130 scholarships valued at $71,340.

    For more information, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations, (601) 635-6327 or call toll free, (877) 462-3222, ext. 327. Her email address is

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