Ten JCJC students earn MS Space Grant Consortium Scholarships

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-08-22 19:28:02

ELLISVILLE – Ten Jones County Junior College students received $550 scholarships at the conclusion of the college’s first year as members of the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC). Julianne Burnett of Richton; Justus Graham of Raleigh; William Hicks of Madison; Jordan Husband of Richton; Kelly James of Hattiesburg; John Kemp of Hattiesburg; Virginia Meeks of Heidelberg; Justyce Moffett of Purvis; McKenna Pippen of Seminary and Joel Shay of Hattiesburg were selected based on their academic performance, academic major, financial need, and faculty recommendations. Because funds were awarded in June, the scholarships were applied to their summer and/or fall tuition and fees. MSSGC grant coordinator for JCJC, Eric Shows explained, JCJC students were also eligible to apply for exclusive summer internships with NASA-related industries in the states funded by MSSGC funds. 

“We are excited about our inclusion in the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium. It recognizes JCJC’s commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education,” said Shows. “We have seen a significant increase in the portion of our student population pursuing STEM careers, especially engineering, and participation with the MSSGC allows us to offer financial and educational opportunities that will enhance their educational experience while helping to fulfill NASA’s goal of developing a well-prepared workforce in space-related fields.”
The college was invited to be an official affiliate of the MSSGC last fall. Shows explained the grant was also used to hire students to offer tutor services in the (STEM) related subjects in the JCJC Student Success Center. Other possibilities and opportunities will be explored as JCJC continues to be a part of the Consortium.
The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC) is a statewide non-profit organization of institutions of higher learning coordinated by the Mississippi Research Consortium and supported by NASA. The Consortium’s mission is to enhance and support aerospace science and technology efforts and activities in Mississippi as well as promote a strong science, mathematics, and technology base at precollege, undergraduate, and graduate levels in the regions educational institutions.
MSSGC was established in 1991 through an award by NASA to four Mississippi Universities: Since its establishment, the MSSGC developed a plan to expand Space Grant activities to include all universities and community colleges in the state. In 1993, the MSSGC added eight new affiliate members, which include the four public regional universities and four of its fifteen community colleges: Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, Itawamba Community College, Pearl River Community College, Northeast Community College, and Coahoma Community College. In 1999, four new affiliates joined MSSGC: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Hinds Community College-Utica Campus, Mississippi Delta Community College, and Meridian Community College. 


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