PineBelt Community Foundation gives over $83,000 in scholarships
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Cameren Brown, a graduate of Hattiesburg High School
Cameren Brown, a graduate of Hattiesburg High School
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Jourdan Green, a graduate of Oak Grove High School.
Jourdan Green, a graduate of Oak Grove High School.
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Drew Boyd, a graduate of Oak Grove High School
Drew Boyd, a graduate of Oak Grove High School
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Helping someone achieve their potential is an experience that is treasured for a lifetime; scholarship funds can make that happen.  The PineBelt Community Foundation manages over twenty scholarship funds which are often set up in honor or in memory of loved ones.  Donors who establish scholarship funds are committed to education and to investing in the future of a deserving student. 

 

For a list of all of the scholarship funds managed by the PineBelt Community Foundation, please visit www.PineBeltFoundation.org and look under “Fund List.”  Each scholarship fund has specific criteria and different deadlines. 

 

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

 

Baxter I. White, Jr. Scholarship.  Callie Robertson has been selected to receive the 2017 Baxter I. White, Jr. Scholarship in the amount of $500.  She will attend The University of Mississippi with plans to major in biological sciences. When asked what her initial reaction was when she found out that she had received the scholarship her response was, “I was very excited and grateful due to the fact Mr. White’s wife was my challenge teacher in middle school.”

 

The Baxter I. White, Jr.  Scholarship was established by former students of Baxter White to honor him because they attribute their success, as Civil Engineers, to their math teacher, Baxter I. White, Jr. 

 

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student graduating from Columbia High School with plans to pursue a degree related to math, science or engineering. 

 

Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship.

LaTasha Evans, Victoria Miller and Youlander Ross have been selected to receive the Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship. LaTasha attends Belhaven University and is majoring in Public Administration.  Victoria will attend The University of Mississippi and major in Nursing.  Youlander attends Jackson State University and is majoring in Elementary Education. 

 

The Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship was established in response to the tragic shooting of Officer Deen and Tate on May 9, 2015.  This fund will provide scholarships to full-time sworn Pine Belt law enforcement officers and/or their family members in cases where she/he is currently working as a full-time police officer or non-sworn employee of a police or sheriff’s department within the Pine Belt area.  Eligible family members include the officer’s or non-sworn employee’s spouse, children, step-children, siblings or other legal dependents of the officer.

 

Camellia Goes to College.  The following individuals have been awarded the 2017 Camellia Goes to College Scholarship in the amount $1,000 each:

• Alley Reynolds

• Brooke Ladner

• Jordan Ladner

• Logan Stephens

• Mason Blakeney

• Christen Thompson

• Morgan Moss

• Ronald Brown

• Carlie Bryant

• Nicholas Dykes

• Robert Aultman

• Glen Cockrell

• Casen Choate

• Kallen Choate

• Sawyer Barber

• Allyson Bivens

• Mary Hannah Shumate

• Peyton Sullivan

• Mathis Armstrong

• Travis Springer

• Hannah Moss

• Ashley Blakeney

• Summer Mitchell

This scholarship was established by Camellia Home Health and Hospice for the purpose of providing financial aid for Camellia employees and family members and others needing assistance who want to pursue a higher education.  The student must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational/technical program. 

Drs. Cole and Moak Scholarship. Kane Edwards has been selected to receive the Edwin H. Cole, M.D. and William E. Moak, M.D. Scholarship in the amount of $650. Edwards received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from William Carey University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine. He is expected to graduate in May of 2019.

The Drs. Cole and Moak Scholarship honors Edwin H. Cole, M.D. and William E. Moak, M.D. for their dedication to the Richton community.  The Drs. Cole and Moak Scholarship assist students from Perry and Greene Counties who are pursuing higher education in the medical field.

 

Dr. Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship.  Andrew Boyd has been selected to receive the 2017 Darrel Burnham Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000.  Andrew will attend The University of Southern Mississippi with plans to major in biological sciences in hopes of attending medical school. When asked what his initial reaction was when he found out that he received the scholarship, Andrew stated, “I was super excited to receive a scholarship that honors such a great man.  I wasn’t expecting the scholarship, but when Drew Burnham announced my name I was flooded with emotions.”

 

The purpose of the Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving graduate from Forrest, Jones or Lamar County who will be majoring in math or engineering with first preference given to students going to Mississippi State University or The University of Southern Mississippi.  This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Darrell Burnham.

Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship. 

Wisam Beauti has been selected to receive the 2017 Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $800. Wisam received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi. She plans to attend the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine to become a physician.

 

"I look forward to pursuing a career in medicine and having the opportunity to give back to the community that has given me everything I’ve needed to grow into who I am," Wisam said. 

 

The Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships to The University of Southern Mississippi students who are accepted to

medical school with an interest in primary care. This scholarship was established by fellow physicians and friends of Dr. Edgar D. Johnson.                        

 

Drs. Stephen and Ellen Ramp Women’s Continuing Education Scholarship. 

Leslie Hinton has been selected to receive the 2017 Drs. Stephen and Ellen Ramp Women’s Continuing Education Scholarship in the amount of $770. Leslie attends Jones County Junior College and is majoring in Information Technology Networking.  After finishing at JCJC, she plans on continuing her education at The University of Southern Mississippi.   

 

Drs. Stephen and Ellen Ramp Women’s Continuing Education Scholarship was established in May 2009 by Alison Buehler, their daughter, to provide scholarships for women who are pursing continuing education, career training, and courses to improve their job marketability. This scholarship is designed for women who want to pursue undergraduate, ESL, GED, or technical training, and is based on financial need. 

 

Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship. 

Jourdan Green has been selected to receive the 2017 Edward J. 'Ed' Langton Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Jourdan will attend The University of Mississippi and major in Political Science with a goal to become an attorney. She has volunteered with After School Academics & Arts Program of Hattiesburg, Academy of Kids Childcare, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Girl Matters Workshop and many other organizations in the Pine Belt focused on mentoring and supporting children of her own age and younger. Jourdan is a member of the Oak Grove High School varsity soccer team, basketball team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club and International Key Club.  She was also involved in the Ivy Pearls of Hattiesburg, MS Teen Summit Organization and Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls.   

 

The Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship is awarded annually to a PineBelt area high school student based on academic excellence, community involvement, and financial need.  The employees of Grand Bank established this scholarship in 2004 in honor of Edward “Ed” Langton.  Each year a committee of Grand Bank employees selects a student based on applications solicited from local schools, youth organizations and the bank's website. "Our goal is to find a student that mirrors the same character and strong beliefs as Mr. Langton," says Stacey Pape, Scholarship Chair.  

 

Elaine Moser Scholarship.

Maggie Smith has been selected to receive the 2017 Elaine Moser Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. In the fall, Maggie will attend Jones County Junior College with a career goal of becoming an attorney. When asked what her initial reaction was when she found out that she received the scholarship, Maggie stated, “I was very happy, I know Ms. Elaine Moser and to receive her scholarship made me feel honored because of the example she has left on our community.”

 

The Elaine Moser Scholarship was established to honor Miss Elaine Moser who was an educator and the principal of Richton Elementary School for thirty years.  This scholarship is awarded annually to a college bound senior who attended Richton Elementary School for four years, attained high academic achievement, exhibited high moral character, and participated in school, church, and community activities.

 

 Eloise T. Hopson Scholarship.  Cameren Brown and Christy Pheal have been selected by the Hattiesburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship Committee to receive the 2017 Eloise Hopson Scholarship in the amount of $1,100 each. In the fall, Cameren will attend The University of Mississippi to major in Business Administration with hopes of attending law school post-graduation. Christy will attend Jones County Junior College with plans to major in either Physical Therapy or Dietetics.

 

The Eloise T. Hopson Scholarship assists an African American graduate in the Pine Belt region, with primary consideration given to Hattiesburg High School students, who want to pursue a college degree in English, Speech Communications, or Drama.  Before retirement, Eloise Hopson taught English at Hattiesburg High School.  She was the kind of teacher who took a great personal interest in her students.

 

The George and Polly Neel Memorial Scholarship. Kiser Horne, Donovan Keys, Jackson Largen and Trent Parker have been selected to receive the 2017 George and Polly Neel Memorial Scholarship.  Kiser plans to attend The University of Mississippi in hopes of becoming physician. Donovan attends The University of Southern Mississippi and is majoring in Construction Engineering Technology.  Jackson plans on attending The University of Southern Mississippi and major in Business Administration. Trent plans on attending Pearl River Community College and major in Physical therapy/Kinesiology.  When asked what his initial reaction was when he found out that he received the scholarship, Donovan stated, “I was happy because it allows me to help my mom and dad with paying for college.”  

 

The purpose of the George and Polly Neel Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to an Eagle Scout who will attend an accredited college or university.  The Eagle Scout must reside within the Pine Burr Area Council service area.  The recipient must be a student graduating with a sound record of achievement, outstanding school citizenship and leadership abilities.  This scholarship was made possible by the children of George and Polly Neel:  George M. Neel, William Reginald Neel and Susan Sansing.

 

John Watts Memorial Scholarship. Santana Ishee has been selected to receive the 2017 John Watts memorial Scholarship in the amount of $250. In the fall, Santana plans to attend Jones County Junior College and major in Art. When asked what her initial reaction was when she found out that she received the scholarship, Santana stated, “I was completely honored to be receiving the scholarship in remembrance of my amazing teacher, Mr. Watts.”

 

The John Watts Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the legacy of Mr. John M. Watts; artist, teacher, role model and mentor for former Perry Central High School students.  This scholarship was created upon Mr. Watt’s retirement from Perry Central High school in 2014.  On November 14, 2014, John perished in a house fire, only six months after his retirement.

Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship. Cameren Brown has been selected to receive the 2017 Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. In the fall, Cameren will attend The University of Mississippi and major in Business Administration.  When asked what his initial reaction was when he found out that he received the scholarship, Cameren stated, “As a Kappa Leaguer, I wanted this scholarship.  Receiving it and being President of Kappa League was a highlight of my Kappa League tenure.”

 

The Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship was established by the Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter and Kappa Iota Chapter (The University of Southern Mississippi) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  The scholarship is awarded to a student entering college who has been through the Guide Right program or to a collegian member of Kappa Alpha Psi at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

L.D. Ready Scholarship.  Tyler Shepard has been selected to receive the 2017 L.D. Ready Scholarship in the amount $400. Tyler plans on attending Spring Hill College in the fall.

 

The L.D. Ready Scholarship gives an annual scholarship to Richton High School Athletic Students who are attending college. This scholarship was established by Reuben Mills, Danny Buckalew, Tom Boszor, Jerry Elliott and Ben McIlwain to honor Mr. L.D. Ready.  Ready coached at Richton High School for 35 years where he was selected numerous times a Coach of the Year and won several Conference Championships.

 

Merchants Company Gives Twenty-Six Scholarships.  The following individuals have been awarded the 2017 Merchants Company Scholarship in the amount $1,000 each:

• Garrett Carter Russell

• Jaura Franluciosa Toney

• Alan Hans Edwards

• Courtney Pettway

• Christopher Hickman

• Katie McKenzie Miller

• Alexandria Paige Coyne

• Kiara Sims

• Jason Patrick West

• Meghan Kelsey Griffin

• Kaitlyn Nicole Parada

• Selena Isabel Broom

• Riley Elizabeth Wade

• Sarah Grace Pitts

• Lindsey Adele Campbell

• Andrew Ian Laffey Jr.

• Joshua Stephen Kemp

• John Thomas Kemp

• Adam Tyler Green

• Maci Suzanne Movsovitz

• James Robert Beach III

• Allison Marie Mahn

• Michael Seaton

• Tyler Ross Ballard

• Anna Maley

• Andrew Christopher Elam

This scholarship was established by The Merchants Company for the purpose of providing financial aid for The Merchants Company’s employees and family members who want to pursue a higher education.  The student must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. 

 

Mississippi Tank Gives Seven Scholarships.  The following individuals have been awarded the 2017 Mississippi Tank Company Scholarship in the amount $1,000 each:

• Cody Lee Holland

• Kelly Odom

• Emmanuel Johnson Jr

• Nicholas Lee Martin

• Anna-Cathryn Sanford

• Kaitlyn Longino

• Joseph Lamar Robinson

This scholarship was established by Mississippi Tank Company for the purpose of providing financial aid for Mississippi Tank Company’s employees and family members who want to pursue a higher education.  The student must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university. 

 

The Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship. 

Jaylen Cross has been selected to receive the 2017 Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and Tierra Cooper has been awarded a $250 book scholarship. In the fall, Jaylen plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in Computer Science. Tierra plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and major in Public Health Administration.

 

The Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship was established by family members to honor the memory of Omi Ruth Boston Twyner, a former Laurel School District home economics teacher.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a Laurel High School student based on academic excellence, civic engagement, and financial need.   Preference will be given to first generation, college-bound students.

 

The O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship. 

Emilie Davis, Elizabeth Lucas and Kathryn Schilling have been selected to receive the 2017 O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship.  Emilie is a current student at Millsaps College where she is majoring in Studio Art and Elementary Art Education.  In the fall, Elizabeth plans to attend Mississippi State University with plans in majoring in Biological Sciences with plans to pursue Physical Therapy.  Kathryn plans on attending Mississippi State University and majoring in Forensic Science. 

 

The purpose of the O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship(s) to children of ministers of The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate degree at an accredited two and/or four year college or university.  The recipient will be a person whose parent is a minister in The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).  This annual award will also consider academic studies, financial need, financial aid, extra-curricular activities, and recognition of leadership ability in the selection process. 

 

Richton Woman’s Club Scholarship.

Mollie Smith has been selected to receive the 2017 Richton Woman’s Club Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. In the fall, Mollie will attend Jones County Junior College and major in Elementary Education. When asked what her initial reaction was when she found out that she received the scholarship, Mollie stated, “I was shocked, but I also felt very honored.”

 

The Richton Woman’s Club Scholarship was established to continue the legacy of the club.  The history of the Richton Woman’s Club dates back to December of 1925.  The Woman’s Club played an important role in community activities until 2010. The club was instrumental in helping to establish a library for the Town of Richton. This scholarship is awarded annually to a college bound Richton High School senior who has attained high academic achievement, exhibited high moral character, and participated in school, church, and community activities.

 

Sabina Jane Allen Memorial Scholarship.

Sophia Finley has been selected to receive the 2017 Sabina Jane Allen Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $50. In the fall, Sophia will attend Jones County Junior College.

 

The Sabina Jane Allen Memorial Scholarship was established during the 2015-2016 school year by her friends and family to honor her life by recognizing an outstanding senior from Richton High School who exemplifies the passionate love for literature, academics and life, just as Sabina did. 

 

Zachary Little Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Dan Lucus has been selected to receive the 2017 Zachary Little Memorial Fund Scholarship in the amount of $500. In the fall, Dan will attend The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Zachary Little was 11 years old when he passed away from cancer. His loving parents opened The Zachary Little Memorial Fund to support organizations that help other children with cancer, and to help Sumrall High School in appreciation for their support of their son. Each year a student from Sumrall High School is chosen to receive this scholarship. 

 

For more information, contact the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation at 601.583.6180 or email us at contact@PineBeltFoundation.org. 
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