JCJC engineering students earn scholarships from MS Professional Engineering Society

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2016-03-14 19:30:03

ELLISVILLE – National Engineering Week was celebrated at Jones County Junior College with three JCJC students receiving scholarships from the Southeast Area Chapter of the Mississippi Professional Engineering Society.  Three JCJC engineering students, Anna Kay Hinton of Petal, Sierra Holmes of Purvis and Clayton Mikell of Petal each received scholarships from the Pine Belt’s professional engineers.  
“These students have demonstrated a financial need, are academically successful, were recommended by their peers and mentors, and are involved in their community and college,” said MPES Southeast Area Chapter Scholarship Chair, Larry Joe Daughtry.
The JCJC students receiving scholarships are members of the college’s Engineering Club and have GPA’s ranging from 3.5 to 4.0.  The JCJC club’s sponsor and physics instructor, Mary Boleware said the partnership with the MPES plays an important role in better preparing our engineering majors. 
“Our local professional engineers inform students of opportunities in STEM fields, specifically the academic engineering degree programs in Mississippi.  It is so important for students to know what our state has to offer in the hope our students will stay in Mississippi to improve products, systems, and processes that affect all of us every day.  The MPES has a huge impact on our engineering students at JCJC by providing scholarships, providing speakers and industry tours for our Student Engineering Society members every year,” said Boleware.
The annual meeting with MPES includes about 100 college and high school students to learn about job opportunities and get academic advice to help them to be successful in their pursuit of an engineering career. JCJC’s engineering club co-hosted the event at the college which includes presentations from three of Mississippi’s engineering colleges.  


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