JCJC sophomores named Tullos Scholars

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-09-26 14:52:34

ELLISVILLE – Four Jones County Junior College sophomores were recently awarded medallions and scholarships in recognition of being named Tullos Scholars. These students, Joseph Mantooth, Kristen Hallman, Elizabeth Wright and Will Hazen have distinguished themselves through their scholarship and service to others, including their academic achievements, involvement in college activities, community service and leadership positions, according to Vice President of Instructional Affairs, Dr. Laverne Ulmer. The Tullos Scholar’s Program is funded by Jones alumni Eugene and Nada Tullos of Raleigh.

After receiving the award, Mantooth, a pre-engineering major from Hattiesburg expressed his appreciation and was surprised by the honor.

Being named a Tullos Scholar is such an honor. I am especially blessed to be given this opportunity and plan to take full advantage of it, said the Forrest County Agricultural High School graduate. “When I first received the news that I was one of the select few to earn the scholarship I was shocked. The Tullos Scholarship has inspired me to become even more involved and work even harder in school to accomplish future goals.” 

Those goals include transferring to Mississippi State to study engineering. At JCJC, Mantooth is a member of the Engineering Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. 

Also planning to transfer to MSU is pre-engineering major, Elizabeth Wright from Gautier.  As a member of the Ladies Bobcat Tennis team, PTK, the English honor society, Sigma Kappa Delta, FCA, Engineering Society and the math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, Wright said being named a Tullos Scholar was very humbling.

“Throughout my life I have always strived to put forth my best effort in everything I do, and for Mr. Tullos to recognize that students are working so hard to be better than average makes my work seem more worthwhile. Receiving this honor makes me want to work that much harder to continue to be involved on campus, in the community, and reach the goals I have set for myself. This award is just a small memento of what is possible to achieve,” said Wright. 

Hallman is a graduate of Raleigh High School and is majoring in marketing technology. With plans to attend the University of Mississippi after graduating from Jones, Hallman hopes to eventually work her way up the corporate ladder and become Director or C.E.O. of the Marketing division of a multi-national corporation. She’s counting on her experience as a member of the JCJC Skills USA team, the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, being an officer for Phi Theta Kappa honor society, working on campus, and being involved in the JC Theater Department, to help her reach her goals.

“As a native of Raleigh, I know first-hand of the generosity and graciousness of the Tullos family. I can truly say I am honored to be named a Tullos Scholar. To be a part of a program founded by a man of such selflessness and warmth is truly inspiring. This scholarship has helped me tremendously in the pathway of fulfilling my dream and aspirations in life,” said Hallman.

Hazen is from Diamondhead and he is a graduate of St. Stanislaus High School. After graduating from Jones, the Bobcat Baseball player hopes to continue playing ball and major in business administration and economics. Hazen is a member of PTK, Alpha Theta Mu, Sigma Kappa Delta and the Charles Pickering Honors Institute. His future goals include working within a Major League Baseball team.

“Being a Tullos Scholar is a huge honor and it helps my family in many ways. It takes a huge burden off my family financially and it also greatly assists me in furthering my education,” said Hazen.

The four Jones students were nominated by faculty to apply for the Tullos Scholarship at the end of their freshmen year.  Requirements for the scholarship include being a full-time freshman, submitting a resume’ with two-faculty recommendation letters, having outstanding academic achievements, and being engaged in college activities, leadership positions and participating in community service. 


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