STARKVILLE, Miss.--Kelsey Marie Cook of Biloxi is receiving a Mississippi State scholarship honoring late Harrison County educator John Albert Bodron.
Cook, a junior educational psychology major at the university, received the $1,000 award for the 2012-13 academic year. Daughter of Danny and Jeannie Cook, the Gulfport High School graduate plans to pursue a master's degree after graduation from the university.
Mary Ruth Mayerhoff Bodron, now of Meridian, created the John Albert Bodron Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education as a tribute to her late husband, who died in late 2006.
"Bodie" Bodron, as he fondly was known by family and friends, was a 1951 MSU physical education graduate. After receiving his degree, the Vicksburg native spent two years as a U.S. Marine in Korean War combat before returning to Starkville to complete a second undergraduate degree in 1955 in vocational education.
"John loved Mississippi State, the football program, and the life lessons and education he received while a student," his widow said. "He had a modest upbringing and, without assistance, would not have been able to receive his education at Mississippi State."
Bodron went on to a 34-year career with the Biloxi Public School District, serving as a vocational teacher, coach, elementary school principal, and vocational education director. He retired in 1989 as assistant principal of Biloxi High School.
As a faithful supporter of the BHS Indians, Bodron served as a volunteer athletic trainer throughout his public school career--and for nearly a decade after retirement.
"John was an inspiring mentor to many, a real people person, and it is my hope that this scholarship will help many students continue their study in the field of education and pass their love of service on to others," said Mary Ruth Bodron.
Mississippi State's education college includes the departments of curriculum, instruction and special education; counseling and educational psychology; instructional systems and workforce development; leadership and foundations; kinesiology; music; and MSU-Meridian's Division of Education.
The Bodron Scholarship is an open fund in the MSU Foundation that may be increased through additional contributions. For more information, contact Trish Cunetto, director of development for the college, at 662-325-6762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.