JCJC engineering students earn scholarships from MS Professional Engineering Society

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-02-23 21:30:16

ELLISVILLE – Three Jones County Junior College sophomores were awarded tuition scholarships from the Southeast Area Chapter of the Mississippi Professional Engineering Society as part of National Engineering Week.  JCJC engineering students, Abby Graham of Laurel, Jim Breland of Laurel and Shameria (Shay) Jones of Hattiesburg were selected by the Southeast Area Chapter of the Mississippi Professional Engineering Society’s scholarship committee. Several students applied for the scholarship from a nine-county area, according to Larry Joe Daughtry, MPES scholarship chair. This year’s scholarship recipients were chosen based on several parameters including, character, integrity, an essay, and application.
“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.  “Since 1995, the Southeast Chapter of MPES has distributed $37,000 in financial assistance to students pursuing their engineering degrees at a Mississippi IHL Accredited Colleges of Engineering.”
The JCJC students receiving scholarships are members of the college’s Engineering Club and have GPA’s ranging from 3.5 to 4.0.  JCJC engineering club sponsor and physics instructor, Mary Boleware said the partnership with the MPES plays an important role in better preparing our engineering majors. 
“We appreciate area professionals mentoring our students and providing opportunities to continue their education through these scholarships,” said Boleware.  “I am honored to have the opportunity to teach such bright students.”
Breland aspires to earn a degree in computer software engineering and cyber security at Mississippi State University.  He is involved in Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the engineering club, yearbook staff and the Charles Pickering Honors Institute. 
Graham is a mechanical engineering major with plans to incorporate a medical component in her career.  She is also the captain of the soccer team and a member of the All-State Soccer team, PTK, Student Government Association and engineering club. The West Jones High School graduate has also been selected to the JCJC Hall of Fame and Who’s Who.
Oak Grove High School graduate, Shameria Jones is a chemical engineering major with a concentration in research and development.  She is involved in PTK, SGA and a Student Senator for the Math Department. Jones is also a recipient of JCJC’s Hall of Fame honors and she is JCJC student representative for Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) honor.  
“This was a nice surprise! I feel blessed to receive this scholarship which will help ease the financial stress of paying for college,” said Shameria. 
Graham added, “I feel very blessed and honored to be at Jones to receive the level of education and the training, while also being involved in athletics and activities on campus.”
The annual meeting with MPES included about 100 college and high school students from the Pine Belt exposing them to job opportunities and academic advice. 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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