Contact: Harriet Laird
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University is announcing its newest Presidential Partnership Scholarship recipients, 14 top transfer students from the state’s community colleges.
All juniors and Mississippi residents, the group is recognized with the university’s most prestigious scholarships for two-year college transfers to MSU, with the award covering their full on-campus tuition cost.
To qualify, applicants must be a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. They also must be nominated by their respective Mississippi community college president and then are selected by the MSU Scholarship Committee.
“I am proud to be a graduate of a Mississippi community college,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “This experience provided a solid foundation for me to continue my education at Mississippi State, where I would go on to earn three degrees. Mississippi’s community colleges and their graduates are the very best in the nation, and it is an honor to welcome these outstanding transfer students to our campus.”
Enrollment in MSU’s Presidential Partnership leadership class also is required and is co-taught by Assistant Dean of Students Catherine “Cat” Walker, also director of the Office of Parent and Family Services; Clay Armstrong, director of the Learning Center; and Paul McKinney, director of the Office of Financial Aid.
McKinney said, “This class gives the students an opportunity to expand their leadership skills while, at the same time, formulating positive relations with their peers. The class teaches them self-reliance, community engagement and what attributes are essential to being a leader in today’s world.”
This year’s Presidential Partnership Scholars are (by hometown):
BROOKHAVEN – Katherine L. Wallace, mathematics major
CLEVELAND – Jacob B. Dodd, agronomy major
COLUMBUS – Celia Kathryn Peal, food science, nutrition and health promotion major
DECATUR – Alana R. McMullan, human development and family science major
FRENCH CAMP – Mallory C. Mackenzie, social work major
GAUTIER – Maggie Nicole Pettus, computer science major
MERIDIAN – Paxton R. Powell, computer science major
MONTICELLO – John C. Ready, chemical engineering major
POPLARVILLE – Ethan B. Spiers, chemical engineering major
RIPLEY – Iveyana Kiara Smith, psychology major
SANDY HOOK – Katie Leigh Norris, poultry science/pre-veterinary science major
SOUTHAVEN – Trinity M. Baynham, elementary education major
TYLERTOWN – Emily R. McLaughlin, psychology major
WOODLAND – Kyle R. Spencer, communication major
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