Covington County high school students now eligible to earn Supervisor scholarships to JCJC

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2018-08-22 19:35:36

ELLISVILLE – Covington County’s juniors and seniors in high school are now eligible to receive scholarships to Jones County Junior College thanks to a new partnership established with the Covington County Supervisors. Qualified students who want to earn college credits at JCJC while in high school can take approved courses, tuition-free. Covington County Superintendent, Arnetta Crosby Ph.D., said this partnership has life-changing potential for students.
“Since, the number of students who are enrolled and successfully pass dual credit courses affects the school district’s accountability rating we are very blessed and grateful for the Covington County Board of Supervisors’ generous gift to our students. Not only will the students and parents benefit but the entire community will also benefit. When you elevate your academic potentials in your community you produce a better quality of life for your citizens,” said Crosby.  
The Covington County Supervisor Scholarship agreement with JCJC allows high school students to earn up to 30-college credit hours or an average students’ first year of college credits. President of the Covington County Board of Supervisors, Jimmy White said he is optimistic more students will utilize this program because of the endless possibilities that are available with an education.
“Research shows residents who have some college education are more likely to be productive citizens. This is our way of investing in our young residents to help Covington County flourish well into the future,” said White.
Once high school students apply for admissions to Jones through the dual credit liaison, Jamie Williamson, she and an advisor help dual-credit students navigate through each step of their college experience. JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith said an education is one asset that cannot be removed from an individual and it has the potential to literally change a person’s life.
“You can’t put a price on an education because the rewards are priceless for the individual and the community where they live. The Covington County Supervisor’s investment in its residents will reap vast rewards. By removing the barrier of financial issues, supervisors are providing equal access to the students of their area to get ahead in life,” said Dr. Smith. 
Both high school and JCJC administrators want to ensure students are ready for college courses before they enroll. Therefore, interested high school juniors and seniors are required to have their high school counselor recommend each student and ensure the student has met all college course prerequisites. Both educational institutions’ goal is to provide more opportunities for students to pursue higher education or skills training after high school graduation. For more information about JCJC’s dual credit program contact Jamie Williamson at 601-477-4260. 


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