Scholarship Funds-DUE: APRIL 14, 2017

Scholarship funds allow donors to invest in the future by helping deserving students pursue higher education. Scholarship Funds can be established to benefit students from particular geographic areas or schools, attending certain post-secondary institutions, or entering certain fields of study.

Scholarship funds provide for tuition, room and board to college or university students. The PineBelt Foundation staff will help donors develop criteria and selection process, which are determined when the fund is established.

IRS regulations mandate that donors and their relatives cannot solely decide who receives the scholarship. The PineBelt Foundation has established the following guidelines and procedures for the acceptance and operation of Scholarship Funds and the awarding of scholarship grants.

DUE: APRIL 14, 2017

Allen Entrekin Scholarship Fund

(any graduating high school senior that attended Baxterville Middle School)

Allen Entrekin Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to all students in the 8th grade class at Baxterville School that graduate from any High School.

Baxter I. White, Jr. Scholarship Fund

(for Columbia High School seniors)

The Baxter I. White, Jr.  Scholarship was established by former students to honor Baxter I. White, Jr.. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Columbia High School student based on academic excellence, community involvement, and financial need.The recipient will be a person graduating with a sound record of achievement in his or her studies and of outstanding school citizenship. This annual award will also include recognition of leadership ability by selecting a graduate who has taken initiative in school activities and/or organizations that contribute to an improved quality of life for the greater community.   Baxter I. White Scholarship Application 

2015 Recipient Riley Davis

2015 Recipient Riley Davis

Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship Fund

(for law enforcement officers and family members)

Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship Fund.  This fund was established in response of the tragic killing of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate on May 9, 2015. This Scholarship will provide scholarships to full-time sworn Pine Belt law enforcement officers and their family members in cases where the officer is killed in the line of duty or sustains a career-ending permanent injury in the line of duty or while acting in an official capacity.  Each case must be substantiated by the appropriate investigating agency responsible for clearing the incident.  Eligible family members include the officer’s spouse, children, step-children, siblings, and parents of the officer at the time of death or injury.  Recipients must reside in the Pine Belt area and be enrolled at any community college, college, university, vocational school or police academy. Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate Scholarship Application

Camellia Goes To College Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the Camellia Goes to College Scholarship Fund is to provide annual scholarships to  deserving high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or vocational program and/or to  deserving high school graduates currently enrolled in an accredited two or four year college,  university, or vocational/technical program. This scholarship was established by Camellia Home Health and Hospice for the purpose of providing financial aid for Camellia employees and family members and others needing assistance who want to pursue a higher education.

The recipients will be those graduating with sound record of achievements in his and/or her studies. This annual awards will also consider extra-curricular activities and recognition of leadership ability in the selection process.

Camellia Goes To College Scholarship Application

Drs. Cole and Moak Scholarship Fund

Established in 2010, the Drs. Cole and Moak Scholarship Fund honors Edwin H. Cole, M.D. and William E. Moak, M.D. for their dedication to the Richton community. Dr. William E. Moak served the Richton community for 60 years, not only as a physician but also as President of the Rotary Club, Richton School District School Board member, Medical Director of the Perry County Hospital, and numerous positions at the Richton United Methodist Church. Dr. Edwin Hewitt Cole practiced medicine for 52 years, beginning his career at South MS Charity Hospital in Laurel. In 1965, he joined Dr. Moak, and they established the Richton Medical Center in Richton. He worked as a surgeon at Perry County General Hospital until December of 2007 and passed away in February of 2008.  Dr. Moak passed away in 2014.    Cole-Moak Scholarship Application.

2015 Recipient Kane Edwards

2015 Recipient Kane Edwards

Dr. Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship

(for seniors attending Mississippi State or Southern Miss)

 The Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship Fund will honor the memory of Dr. Darrell Burnham.

The Dr. Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship for Engineering and Math has been established in remembrance of the legacy of intelligence, hard work, faith and leadership that so personified his life and career here in the Pine Belt area.
An aerospace engineering major from Mississippi State, he switched from a career at Boing to medicine when, on a whim, took the Medical College Admissions Test …and scored a perfect physics score. He attended University Medical Center in Jackson and did his Anesthesiology training at the University of Texas. He arrived in Hattiesburg in 1986 and soon became a leading force in the local medical field. He was widely known by both professional and lay people as one of the best physicians in the Pine Belt.  He helped found the Hattiesburg Clinic Anesthesia Department in 1994 which has grown into one of the largest anesthesia groups in Mississippi. He was the director and chief at the LAW Outpatient Surgery Center sine 1997, and served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Forrest General Hospital and on the Board of Directors of the Hattiesburg Clinic.
Dr. Burnham’s intelligence was legendary as he sized up all situations in a logical and proactive fashion. His coworkers often to this day ask themselves “what would Darrell do?” when faced with a vexing problem. What really set Dr. Burnham part though was his caring of all the people around him, be them other physicians, nurses, techs, patients or janitors.  He treated and loved them all the same, and they all loved him back.
In Dr. Burnham’s honor and to continue his legacy of mathematics and engineering, his friends and family have established this scholarship to give an area youth who plans on attending Mississippi State or USM the opportunity to study the “true” sciences that Darrell loved so much.
The scholarship criteria is included in the attached application.

Darrell Burnham Scholarship Application

2015 Recipient Lucia Lang

2015 Recipient Lucia Lang

Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund

(for graduates from Southern Mississippi)

 The Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide Scholarships to USM students who are accepted to Medical School with an interest in Primary Care. Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Scholarship Application

2015 Recipient Jeremy Wise

2015 Recipient Jeremy Wise

Dr. Edgar Johnson

Dr. Edgar Johnson

Drs. Stephen and Ellen Ramp Women's Continuing Education Scholarship Fund

  The Drs. Stephen and Ellen Ramp Women’s Continuing Education Scholarship Fund was established in may 2009 by Alison Buehler to provide scholarships for women who are pursing continuing education, career training, and courses to improve their job marketability.  While volunteer teaching basic education classes to adults, Buehler noticed the frustration and red tape women had to endure to receive even the smallest amount of assistance to further their education and training.  Women are more likely to be sole providers for families and receive less pay for the work they do.  This scholarship is designed for women who want to pursue undergraduate, ESL, GED, or technical training, and is based on financial need.

Drs. Stephen and Ellen Ramp Scholarship Application.

Elaine Moser Scholarship Fund

(for Richton High School seniors)

The Elaine Moser Scholarship Fund was established to honor Miss Elaine Moser who was an educator and the Pincipal of Richton Elementary School for 30 years.  This scholarship ill be awarded each year to a college bound senior.  To be eligible for consideration, the student must have attended Richton Elementary School for 4 years, attained high academic achievement, exhibited high moral character, and participated in school, church and community activities.  Elaine Moser Scholarship Fund Application

2016 Recipient-Brandon Wilson

Elaine Moser

Eloise T. Hopson Scholarship Fund

(for Hattiesburg High School seniors)

Before retirement, Eloise Hopson taught English at Hattiesburg High School. She was the kind of teacher who took a personal interest in her students. One former student reports that even after he finished high school, Ms. Hopson occasionally telephoned to be sure he remained focused on his college studies. In 1996, Ms. Hopson established a trust to take care of her finances for the remainder of her life. She instructed that any money remaining after her death be placed in an endowed fund with The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation. Ms. Hopson directed that the income from that fund be used to help graduates of Hattiesburg High who go to college and major in English. The recipient of that endowed scholarship fund is chosen each year by local members of Ms. Hopson’s academic sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. Since Ms. Hopson’s death in 1999, the income from the fund has been used to help deserving students attend their college of choice. Ms. Hopson’s love of the English language and its students will be preserved and honored in perpetuity. Anyone can add to this fund to help support deserving students attend college.   Eloise T Hopson Scholarship Application

2015 Recipient Mariah Evans

2015 Recipient Mariah Evans

2015 Recipient Jarrius Adams

2015 Recipient Jarrius Adams

 

Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship Fund

(for graduating seniors)

In 2004, when it came time for the employees of Grand Bank to choose a Christmas gift for their CEO, Ed Langton, he objected as he did not want employees to be obligated to give him something personally. But everyone wanted to do something to honor him, so the employees established The Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship Fund. “Every year since then our employees have contributed toward building the fund at Christmas, as our way of saying thank you,” said Rucker W. Howell, Grand Bank President. “And with someone like Ed, who is very active and involved in our community, establishing a scholarship fund to help local youth realize their goals and dreams was a natural fit.” Langton is Past President of the Board of Directors for The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation, so it was only natural for the employees to continue their gift-giving tradition by establishing a Fund with the PineBelt Foundation. “Now that we have partnered with the PineBelt Foundation, our contributions will be tax-deductible,” stated Howell, “and it’s an ideal way to ensure long-term growth, protect our contributions and make it easier to manage.” The Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship will be awarded annually to a PineBelt area high school student based academic excellence, community involvement, and financial need. “Ed represents the kind of well-rounded, knowledge-seeking character that Grand Bank hopes to mirror in our quest to provide opportunities to students with that same character and determination to excel,” adds Howell. The student must be from the PineBelt area and accepted as a full-time student to a 2 or 4 year college in Mississippi. The selected student will receive $1,000 to use towards college tuition.  Edward J Langton Scholarship Application

2015 Recipient Leia Swilley

2015 Recipient Leia Swilley

 

 

 

 

The George and Polly Neel Memorial Fund

The George and Polly Neel Memorial Fund.  The purpose of the George and Polly Neel Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual  scholarship to a high school graduate, preferably from Petal High School, who has obtained the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of a troop within the Pine Burr Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and who will attend any college or university.  The Eagle Scout must reside within the Pine Burr Area Council service area.  The recipient must be a student graduating with a sound record of achievement, outstanding school citizenship and leadership abilities.  This fund was made possible by the children of George and Polly Neel:  George M. Neel, William Reginald Neel and Susan Sansing. The George and Polly Neel Memorial Scholarship Application

Jerry Cumberland Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship

(for Picayune Memorial High School seniors)

 Jerry Cumberland Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship will honor the legacy of Jerry Cumberland from Picayune Memorial High School.  Jerry Cumberland Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship Application

Click here for more information on how you can support this fund.

Jerry Cumberland

Jerry Cumberland

John M. Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund

(for Perry Central High School seniors)

John M. Watts Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the legacy of Mr. John M. Watts; artist, teacher, role model, and mentor for former Perry Central High School students.  His kind spirit, genuineness, and dedication have touched the lives of those who knew him, and continue to live on in those he befriended.  The original scholarship was called the John M. Watts Art Scholarship, but on November 14, 2014, Mr. Watts perished in a house fire, only six months after his retirement.  The scholarship advisory committee has since decided to make this a memorial scholarship.  John Watts Memorial Scholarship Application

John Watts

John Watts

Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Fund

(for graduating senior that completed the Guide Right program or a collegian member of Kappa Alpha Psi at USM)

The Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter and Kappa Iota Chapter (The University of Southern Mississippi) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. established the Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Fund in 2010 to celebrate the chapter’s 50th & 30th year anniversary. Nationally, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is nearly 100 years old having been founded at Indiana University in 1911. The Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship will be awarded to a student entering college who has been through the Guide Right program or a collegian member of Kappa Alpha Psi at The University of Southern Mississippi. “After many years in this community, we thought it was time to formally financially support these young men who are a part of our guide right program and the undergraduates brothers on campus,” said Jerome Brown, president of the Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter.  Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Application

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2015 Recipient David Robinson

L.D. Ready Scholarship Fund

(for Richton High School seniors)

L.D. Ready Scholarship Fund will give scholarships to Richton High School Athletic Students who are attending college.  Ask your coach for more details!

2015 Recipient Michael Scott

2015 Recipient Michael Scott

Ben McIwain, Tom Bozzor, L.D. Ready, Jerry Elliott, Hugh Thoms

Ben McIwain, Tom Bozzor, L.D. Ready, Jerry Elliott, Hugh Thoms

The Merchants Company Scholarship Fund

(for Merchant Company's employees and family members)

The purpose of the Merchants Company Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior who has been accepted to accredited college or university or to a deserving high school graduate currently enrolled in an accredited two and/or four year college or university. This scholarship was established by The Merchants Company for the purpose of providing financial aid for The Merchants Company’s employees and family members who want to pursue a higher education.  The Merchants Company Scholarship Application Trucks and Maps 

Mississippi Tank Company Scholarship Fund

(for graduating seniors who's parents work at Mississippi Tank)

The purpose of Mississippi Tank Company Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving high school senior who has been accepted to accredited college or university or to a deserving high school graduate currently enrolled in an accredited two and/or four year college or university. This scholarship was established by Mississippi Tank Company for the purpose of providing financial aid for Mississippi Tank Company’s employees and family members who want to pursue a higher education.  MS Tank Scholarship Application 

Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship Fund

(for Laurel High School seniors)

The Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship was established by family members to honor the memory of Omi Ruth Boston Twyner, a former Laurel School District home economics teacher.  The Scholarship is awarded annually to a Laurel High School student based on academic excellence, civic engagement, and financial need.   Preference will be given to first generation, college-bound students.  Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship Application

 

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The O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship Fund

(for a student whose parent is a minister in PCA)

The O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship Fund.  The purpose of O’Neal Farish Educational Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship(s) to children of ministers of The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate degree at an accredited two and/or four year college or university.  The recipient will be a person whose parent is a minister in The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).  This annual award will also consider academic studies, financial need, financial aid, extra-curricular activities, and recognition of leadership ability in the selection process.

Pearl River Valley EPA Round Up for Education Endowment Scholarship Fund

(for members and member's dependents attending a community college)

Will provide Scholarships for Fall Freshmen at MS Community Colleges for members and members dependents.PRVPA photo 1 IMG_9255 

Pearl River Valley EPA Round Up for Education Scholarship Fund

Will provide Scholarships for Fall Freshmen at MS Community Colleges for members and members dependents.

Ralph H. Stallcup Memorial Scholarship Fund

(for nontraditional students attending PRCC or JCJC)

Ralph H. Stallcup Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Barbara Stallcup in honor of her late husband, Ralph H. Stallcup to provide scholarships for non-traditional students who are pursuing a degree at  Pearl River Community College and Jones County Junior College students.  Mr. Stallcup enrolled in college after serving in the Navy for ten years.  The Stallcups had two children at the time.  It is the desire of the Stallcup family to help those who would like to return to school as a non-traditional student.  Ralph Stallcup Memorial Fund Scholarship Application

 

2015 Recipient Adam Rigney

2015 Recipient Adam Rigney

 

2015 Recipient Penny Aultman

2015 Recipient Penny Aultman

Richton Woman's Club Scholarship Fund

(for Richton High School Female Seniors)

The Richton Woman’s Club Scholarship was established during the 2016-2017 school year for the purpose of continuing the legacy of this outstanding organization.  The Richton Woman’s Club was organized in 1925 and played an important role in community activities until 2010.  The Woman’s Club was instrumental in helping to establish a library for the Town of Richton and also for organizing and promoting the Richton Fine Arts Festival.

The Scholarship recipient will be a female graduating senior with a sound record of scholastic achievement, leadership abilities and involved in school and community activities that contribute to improved quality of life for the school and community.

The Richton Woman’s Club Scholarship assists a female graduating senior of Richton High School who intends to pursue a college degree at an accredited two or four year college or university.

Richton Woman’s Club Scholarship Application

Sabina Jane Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund

(for Richton High School Seniors)

 Sabina Allen was passionate about literature and life. She was genuine. She loved her children, Celeste and Allen, her family, friends, students, and the beach!

Sabina moved to Richton when she was a sophomore in high school. While a student at Richton High School (RHS), she was a Maroon Marionette and selected as Homecoming Queen. As an adult, she made her career at RHS. She worked in the library, taught junior high, and taught advanced high school English classes. She has served our school in the past sponsoring the Maroon Marionettes and FCS.  Mrs. Sabrina was the chairman of homecoming and graduation, senior sponsor, yearbook advisor, Advanced Placement English II teacher, Advanced Placement Language teacher, Advanced Placement Literature teacher, and bookkeeper for the RHS basketball teams. She has been honored with being selected “Rotary Teacher of the Month” numerous times and “Star Teacher.”

On January 2, 2016, she was unexpectedly taken to her eternal home.

The Sabina Jane Allen Memorial Scholarship was establish by friends and family members to honor her life by recognizing an outstanding senior from RHS who exemplifies the passionate love for literature, academics and life itself as Sabina did.

The Sabina Jane Allen Memorial Scholarship assists a graduating senior of Richton High School who intends to pursue a college degree at an accredited two or four year college or university and who meets Richton High School’s Rebel Scholar requirements.

William K Ray Scholarship Fund

The William K. Ray Scholarship Endowment was set up for William Carey University- College of Osteopathic Medicine.  WCUWCU logo

William K Ray

William K Ray