JCJC student Elijah Cummins receive prestigious Lyceum Scholarship

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-05-01 21:16:39

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College sophomore, Elijah Cummins of Oak Grove, recently received a prestigious Lyceum scholarship to the University of Mississippi. The graduating sophomore is one of only 15 community college students to receive the full tuition Lyceum Scholarship.
“Receiving the Lyceum scholarship has been my overall goal.  This scholarship would help me continue my education without the burden of debt,” said Cummins.
This is the largest and most prestigious full tuition scholarship offered by the University. Lyceum Scholarship recipients must have a 3.0 GPA, 48 transferable community college hours (at the time of transfer) and an exemplary record of academic achievement, leadership and service, to be considered for the Lyceum scholarship. 
“It is also one of the best honors I have ever received.  I am grateful to Ole Miss for providing this opportunity for me!” Cummins continued. 
The Oak Grove High School graduate plans to major in accounting with a minor in legal studies and plans to go to law school.  Eventually, Cummins aspires to work in a forensic accounting firm.  On the JCJC campus, Cummins has served the Phi Theta Kappa international academic honor society as the Vice President of Scholarship, he’s served as the Smith Hall Senator as part of the Student Government Association, and was recently awarded the unique honor of being both the Merit and Leadership Gold Key recipient.  Additionally, Cummins was voted as Mr. JCJC by his peers.
“I attribute being a member of the Oak Grove speech and debate team with learning critical skills like professionalism, communication, and individualism.  This high school activity gave me a good foundation to build upon while at JCJC, and focus on future endeavors,” said Cummins, who volunteers as a debate coach at Oak Grove and as a speech and debate judge for the Mississippi High School Athletic Association.   
The Lyceum Scholarship was created to recognize some of the most outstanding community college transfer students across Mississippi according to University officials. These students will receive full-time tuition for two years which is an estimated value of more than $15,000.


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