MS Professional Engineering Society awards scholarships to JCJC students

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2018-03-26 17:26:40

ELLISVILLE – Four Jones County Junior College sophomore students majoring in engineering were awarded tuition scholarships from the Southeast Area Chapter of the Mississippi Professional Engineering Society as part of National Engineering Week. JCJC engineering students, Ben Armour of Laurel, James Coleman of Laurel, Maggie Merrell of New Hebron and Christopher Powe of Buckatunna 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, scholarship recipients are 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 more than $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 are so appreciative of the support given to our students by the Southeast Area Chapter of the MS Professional Engineering Society. For the last 18 years as faculty sponsor of the JCJC Student Engineering Society, the MPES has awarded several thousand dollars in scholarships to pre-engineering students at Jones headed to MSU, Ole Miss, or JSU.  These local engineers also give their time to develop relationships with our students, which can be so important as the students prepare to enter the engineering workforce.  Our scholarship recipients are excellent, hardworking students that give their studies 100% of what they have.  I am honored to have been part of their journey and look forward to their success in the world of engineering,” said Boleware.
With plans to graduate from Mississippi State University, Merrell said receiving the scholarship from the MPES confirmed to her that hard work does pay off.
“The fact that a group of some of the top professional engineers in the state examined our résumés, read our essays, and decided to invest in us was amazing. They saw what we sometimes don’t see in ourselves which is the potential to do amazing things with our majors,” shared an enthusiastic Merrell. “My passion to become an engineer was combined with my love of creativity, knowledge and serving others. The fact that one day my ideas and designs will be a stepping stone for the next generation to improve upon is what inspired me to become an engineer.”
Armour said the scholarship will make it a little easier to follow in his engineering father’s footsteps. In fact, the chemical engineering major credits his family for choosing a career in engineering. “It’s safe to say I would not have chosen engineering if it were not for my family members and father who are already working in the field of engineering. They enlightened me to important reasons engineering is a good choice and they exposed me to what it’s really like in the field compared to the work in the classroom.”
Powe has plans to become a mechanical engineer and Coleman aspires to become a civil engineer after graduating from MSU. Both students also appreciate the financial support from the professional engineering group.
“Receiving this scholarship will certainly help to cover tuition, books and living expenses as I further my education,” said Coleman.
Powe added, “I feel as though I am receiving the support from a former engineering student with this scholarship and it motivates me to always do my best.”
About 100 college and high school students from the Pine Belt were invited to the annual meeting hosted by MPES as a celebration of Engineering Week. During this event, the MPES’ goal is to expose students to job opportunities and provide academic advice. JCJC’s engineering club co-hosts the event which includes presentations from three of Mississippi’s engineering colleges.


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