Three JCJC graduates receive MSU-Meridian Riley Next Step Scholarship

Written By: Lisa Sollie
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Date Submitted: 2012-10-29 11:00:39

(MERIDIAN) – Three Jones County Junior College transfer students, Heather McLain and Michelle Marie Blancett of Laurel along with Dora Renee Coaker of State Line were recently recognized at the Mississippi State University-Meridian’s scholarship reception as recipients of the Riley Next Step Scholarship from MSU-Meridian. Recipients of the scholarship are known as Riley Scholars.

A total of sixty outstanding transfer students from East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Jones County Junior College, and Meridian Community College were selected as spring and fall 2012 Riley Scholars

These recipients will receive over $457,800 in scholarship money, made possible through a grant from The Riley Foundation and other generous benefactors. Riley Scholars receive full tuition and fees for two years or 4 semesters at MSU-Meridian.
Since its inception in the fall of 2010, 188 individuals have received the Riley Next Step Scholarship.
McLain, diagnosed at a young age with Auditory Processing Disorder or APD, which is characterized by the ability to hear words but not adequately process them, is pursuing a degree in Psychology. 
She currently volunteers with the Arc of Pine Belt Region, Inc. which works with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After graduating from MSU-Meridian, she plans to pursue her doctorate degree in Psychology which will allow her to work with children in a clinical setting.

McLain notes that the scholarship she received was instrumental in her ability to earn her undergraduate degree since her father Terry McLain is already a student at MSU-Meridian. The financial obligations they would face putting two family members through college at the same time would have too much for them. But now, they won’t have to worry about it.
Congratulations to all three Riley Scholars!


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