• Anderson Regional Medical Center sponsors seven scholarships at Meridian Community College each year. These awards are made in tribute to individuals who have played significant roles in the founding and history of the hospital. Recipients are all third-semester students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program and were selected on the basis of scholastic ability, nursing excellence and faculty recommendation. 

Monica Drummond is the recipient of the Dr. Jeff Anderson Memorial Scholarship. A 2006 graduate of Newton High School, Drummond graduated in the Top 10 of her class. She is a member of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the Organization of Student Nurses. Drummond works full-time as an LPN at Hilltop Manor Nursing Home in Union. 

After she graduates from the ADN program at MCC, Drummond plans to continue her education toward a bachelor’s degree.

Victoria Griffith is the recipient of the Dr. William J. Anderson Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  A 2015 graduate of Clarkdale High School, Griffith is a member of the Organization of Student Nurses and the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Griffith works part-time at Victoria Secret and at the Highland Park pool. 

Griffith’s goal is to attain a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. 

The recipient of the Dr. William J. Anderson III Memorial Scholarship is Byron Hathorn. A 2013 graduate of Louisville High School, Hathorn was a Beta Club member and a SAAD Honor Student. A sophomore in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at MCC, he is a member of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the Organization of Student Nurses. 

Hathorn plans to continue his education to become a family nurse practitioner.  

Zoria McCarty is the recipient of the William Gunn Memorial Scholarship. A 2006 graduate of Bay Springs High School, McCarty is a member of Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the Organization of Student Nurses. She is married and works part-time at Deaconess Home Health. 

McCarty plans to continue her education specializing in Psychiatrics, NP.

Madison Marshall is the recipient of the Dr. Jeff Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarship. A 2015 graduate of Neshoba Central High School, Marshall is a President’s List scholar, a member of the Organization of Student Nurses and the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and works part-time at the Oasis Sun Spa in Philadelphia.  Marshall plans to continue her education to become a family nurse practitioner.

The recipient of the Reuben S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship is Alisha Moody. A 1999 graduate of Choctaw County High School in Alabama, Moody is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a member of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing and the Organization of Student Nurses. She is married and a mother of three children.

Moody plans to continue her education toward a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing and would love to be a nursing instructor one day.

Brenda Holloway is the recipient of the Anderson Board of Directors Scholarship. A 1986 graduate of Coahoma Agricultural High School in Clarksdale, she is a member of the Organization of Student Nurses and the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Holloway is a mother of three children and works full-time at Hattiesburg Health and Rehab. 

Holloway plans to continue to work in long term health care while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

• OXFORD – Two Neshoba County students are among more than 70 University of Mississippi students to receive a 2017 Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medal, the university's highest academic award. The students were recognized during UM’s 74th annual Honors Day Convocation at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Rebecca Maureen Prince is a senior communication sciences and disorders major who plans to continue her studies to earn a master's degree in speech-language pathology. She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Gamma Beta Phi honor society, Order of Omega, National Student Speech-language Hearing Association and the Ole Miss Hand Band. She is the daughter of Eric and Ellen Prince from Philadelphia.

Taylor Brooke Long is a senior pharmaceutical sciences major who plans to continue her studies to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and later complete a residency specializing in pediatric pharmacy. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Beta Phi honor societies, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, American Pharmacists Association, PediaRebs and Prescription for Service, and is a pharmacy ambassador as well as a Lucky Day Scholar. She has been named to the Chancellor's Honor Roll. She is the daughter of Chris and Amanda Long from Philadelphia and Taneil Roberts of Philadelphia.

The Taylor Medals were established at UM in 1904 by Dr. William A. Taylor of Booneville in memory of his son, an honored 1871 alumnus of the university. The award recognizes no more than 1 percent of the student body each year.

• HATTIESBURG – Area residents were among honorees at the University of Southern Mississippi’s spring commencement exercises on its Hattiesburg campus and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, respectively.

Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett conferred undergraduate, graduate and specialist’s degrees at each ceremony. Dr. Jim Franks, senior research scientist with USM’s Center for Fisheries Research and Development at its Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, gave the commencement addresses.

Southern Miss graduates from the local area include: Bailey – Casey Brianne Nelson Mancini, doctorate of nursing practice; Collinsville – Nicholas A. Buchanan, bachelor of arts; Kasie Danielle Truhett, bachelor of arts; Manuel Erique Granados, bachelor of interdisciplinary study; Samuel Martin Butler, bachelor of science; Dakota Wright Kilpatrick, bachelor of science in nursing; Racheal Addy Page, master of science in nursing; Hickory – Kiara Gabriela Cervantes, bachelor of music education; Heather L. Wood, bachelor of science; Lauderdale – Laura Elizabeth Payne, bachelor of science; Marion – Keri Annalyn Barron, doctor of philosophy          

Meridian – Tobias Griffin, bachelor of arts; Lisa Danielle Malloy, bachelor of fine arts;

Veronica June Culpepper, bachelor of science; Johntre' Ladarrion Goudy, bachelor of science; Jessica Deanna Hopson, bachelor of science; James Phillip Scott, bachelor of science; Andrew Williams, bachelor of science; Steven Maxwell Harmon, bachelor of science in nursing; Tyler Anthony Harris, bachelor of liberal studies; Ebony D. Hughes, bachelor of liberal studies; Eva Nicole Dye, master of science in nursing; Chenise N. Smith, master of social work        

• TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Joshua Campbell of Bailey, Miss., has been inducted into the University of Alabama's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. UA recently inducted 43 College of Arts and Sciences students into its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

• HARRISONBURG, Va. – Abigail Joy Shelly of Collinsville, Miss., has been named to Eastern Mennonite University's Dean's List for the Spring 2017 semester.

Students named to the Dean's List have achieved a semester GPA of at least 3.75 with no withdrawn, incomplete, or failing grades for 12 semester hours of standard grades.

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