Contact: Harriet Laird
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University has 14 top transfer students this fall being recognized with Presidential Partnership Scholarships, the university’s most prestigious awards for those from the state’s community colleges.
All juniors nominated by their respective two-year college presidents, Presidential Partnership Scholars receive funding to cover their full on-campus tuition costs.
“My own personal experience as a community college student provided me with a solid foundation to continue my education at Mississippi State after graduating with an Associate of Arts degree, and we are honored to welcome these outstanding transfer students to our campus to continue their higher education journey,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum.
The scholars are enrolled in MSU’s Presidential Partnership leadership class, 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 helps the scholars expand their leadership skills and learn attributes that are essential to being a leader in today’s world. The class also teaches them self-reliance, community engagement and how to cultivate positive relations with their peers.”
This year’s Presidential Partnership Scholars are:
BELZONI – Rachel Carr, agribusiness major with a management concentration
BOONEVILLE – Kurtis Hare, electrical engineering major
CANTON – Bethany Biggers, biological sciences major with a pre-medicine concentration
COLLINSVILLE – Joy St. Clair, mechanical engineering major
DECATUR – Eli Finnegan, chemistry major
ELLISVILLE – Delaney Cooley, mechanical engineering major
MCCOMB – Nathan Holifield, information technology services major
MEADVILLE – Anna Tyson, elementary education major with an early childhood concentration
MOSS POINT – Sarah Rice, animal and dairy science major with a pre-veterinary concentration
MYRTLE – Julie Stepp, undeclared
OLIVE BRANCH – Mary Landsgaard, electrical engineering major
POPLARVILLE – Bradley Stines, electrical engineering major
RANDOLPH – Leah Pennington, communication major with a public relations concentration
STARKVILLE – Tykerria Jones, psychology major
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