Scholarship Funds supported by the Pinebelt Foundation
Scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year will open January 2024.
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Baxter I. White, Jr. Scholarship Fund
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 senior based on academic excellence, community involvement. Students must have a 3.0 with plans to pursue a degree in Math, Science or Engineering.
Benjamin J. Deen & Liquori Tate Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Deen and Tate Scholarship Fund was established specifically to provide scholarships to full-time sworn Pine Belt law enforcement officers and their family members in cases where she/he is currently working as full-time police officer or non-sworn employee of a police or sheriff's department within the Pine Belt area. Eligible family members include the officer's or non-sworn employee's spouse, children, step-children, siblings, or other legal dependents of the officer. The sworn law enforcement officer must have been serving in their official capacity in law enforcement at the time of the application in the Pine Belt of Mississippi (Forrest, Lamar, Jones, Marion, Perry, Jefferson Davis, Smith, Jasper, Wayne, Lawrence, Pike, Walthall or Covington County) Students must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA from a previous high school or college.
Blake Broom Memorial Scholarship
The Blake Broom Memorial Scholarship was established by Jody, Sherry and Dylan Broom. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Columbia High School student based on being selected as the 3rd student in the graduating class.
Blue Line Legacy Fund
The Blue Line Legacy Fund is a scholarship fund established to provide financial support to further the educational aspirations of traditional and/or non-traditional students currently working in law enforcement, or are the spouse of a law enforcement officer or are dependents of a law enforcement officer. Traditional students must be of 18-24 in age and a Mississippi resident. Traditional students must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA. Non-traditional Students must be 25 or above in age and a Mississippi resident. Non-traditional students must be employed by a law enforcement agency, or a dependent of a law enforcement office or a spouse of a law enforcement officer.
Dr. Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Darrell Burnham Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving graduate from Forrest, Jones or Lamar County who will be majoring in Math or Engineering with first preference given to students going to Mississippi State University or The University of Southern Mississippi. This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Darrell Burnham.
Dr. Clemon Terrell Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Dr. Clemon Terrell Memorial Scholarship was established by a group of friends of the City of Hattiesburg. The scholarship is awarded annually to City of Hattiesburg Employee, or a child or grandchild of a current, retired or deceased City of Hattiesburg employee. This scholarship fund was created by friends of the City of Hattiesburg to honor the memory and lifetime contributions of Clemon Terrell, Ph.D.
Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Dr. Edgar D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by fellow physicians to memorialize Dr. Edgar D. Johnson. The scholarship is awarded annually to a USM student accepted to Medical School based on academic excellence, community involvement, and church affiliation. Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.
Edward J. Langton Scholarship Fund
The Edward J. “Ed” Langton Scholarship is awarded annually to a Pine Belt area high school student based on academic excellence, community involvement, and financial need. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and reside in Forrest, Lamar, Jones or Perry County. Students must be attending a Mississippi junior or senior college.
Edwin H. Cole, M.D. and William E. Moak, M.D. Scholarship Fund
The Drs. Cole and Moak Scholarship honors two of Richton's finest physicians for their dedication to the community. The Drs. Cole and Moak Scholarship assist students from Perry and Greene counties who are pursuing higher education in the medical field. Students must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA and be accepted into a higher education medical program such as medical/nursing school or technician training.
Elaine Moser Scholarship Fund
The Elaine Moser Scholarship was established to honor the retirement of Miss Elaine Moser an educator for thirty-two years. Miss Moser was Principal of Richton Elementary School for twenty-nine years, prior to her retirement. She is an outstanding Christian and educator who applied her intellectual and creative abilities to many aspects of the school, church and community activities. Students must be a high school senior from Richton High School with a minimum average of 85 for 4 years. Students must have an ACT score of 18 or higher and plan to attend a Mississippi junior college, community college or university.
Ellen M. Ramp- Neighbors Heart Scholarship
The Ellen M. Ramp – Neighbors Heart Scholarship was established for employees, employee’s spouse, employee’s children, or employee’s grandchildren at Neighbors Heart, the private care provider business in Matheson, Mississippi. Representatives of Neighbors Heart served as caregivers to Ellen M. Ramp in 2021, during her bout with Parkinson’s disease. The applicants may attend any college, university, technical school, trade school, community college, or junior college in the United States.
Eloise T. Hopson Scholarship Fund
The Eloise. T. Hopson Fund was created in memory of Eloise Hopson, an English teacher at Rowan High School who wanted to help African American students continue their study of English at a higher level. Students must be an African American graduate of Hattiesburg High School with a minimum of 2.5 GPA or an minimum of 18 on the ACT or minimum of 870 on the SAT. Students must be committed to pursuing a college degree in English, Speech Communications, Debate, Journalism, Forensics or Drama.
John Watts Memorial Scholarship
The John M. Watts Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior of Perry Central High School who intends to pursue a college degree at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. The recipient is not required to be pursuing a degree in The Arts. Students must have attended Perry Central High School for at least 4 years and have taken Art I, Art II and Art III. Students msut have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
L. D. Ready Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the L.D. Ready Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a deserving Richton High School athlete senior who has been accepted to a college or university. This scholarship was established by Reuben Mills, Danny Buckalew, Tom Boszor, Jerry Elliott and Ben McIlwain to support high school senior athletes at Richton High School who want to pursue a higher education. Applications are not available as this is chosen from a school committee.
Marion County School District Educational Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for students from East Marion and West Marion students attending PRCC. Recipients must have a 2.0 GPA.
Mary B. Peeples Educational Scholarship
This scholarship will award a scholarship(s) to person(s) to secure a formal education in the nursing field. If no one from the nursing field applies, then those in the healthcare industry may apply. Priority given to those planning to attend or attending nursing schools in the State of Mississippi. Recipients(s) should have good moral character, a a reasonably good academic background, prospects of finishing nursing school with a degree and have the need for financial assistance. Priority given to those residing in Stone County first and then to the contiguous South Mississippi area counties, including bu not limited to Forrest, Perry, George, Jackson, Harrison, Hancock, and Pearl River. Recipients may reapply on a yearly basis as long as they fit the criteria.
Mike Rozier Construction Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mike Rozier Construction Company Inc. for the purpose of providing financial aid for Mike Rozier Construction employees and family members and others needing assistance who want to pursue a higher education. Preferred applicants will be the child or grandchild ro an employee of the company. Students must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA.
Mississippi Tank Company Scholarship Fund
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. Students must be a Mississippi Tank Employee, or the spouse, child or grandchild of a current, retired or deceased employee of Mississippi Tank Company. New and Renewal Applicants must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA.
Needham and Myrtle Jones Scholarship Fund
The Needham and Myrtle Scholarship was established by their loving family. The scholarship is awarded annually to high school students from Stone County School District or the Pine Belt area based on being a well-rounded individual who has economic need. Students must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA. There is a priority status given to those attending Alcorn State University or Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College.
Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship Fund
The Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship provides a scholarship to a high school senior from Laurel High School who has a minimum of 2.5 GPA. This scholarship is based on academic excellent, civic engagement and financial need with preference given to the first generation, college-bound students.
O'Neal Farish Educational Scholarship Fund
The O'Neal Farish Educational Scholarship provides an annual scholarship to children of ministers of The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) based on academic studies, financial need and leadership. High School students must be a child of a minister of a PCA church with a minimum of 3.0 GPA and minimum of 18 on the ACT. Collegiate students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
Pearl River Valley EPA Round Up for Education Scholarship Fund
More than 170 students from throughout Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association’s 12-county service area will receive scholarships to attend state community colleges this year, thanks to the generous spirit and support of the Association’s member-consumers.
Ralph H. Stallcup Memorial Scholarship Fund
The 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 (PRCC) and Jones County Junior College (JCJC). Students must be age 25 or above and show financial need.
Ratliff Memorial Scholarship
A graduating high school senior of True Light Missionary Baptist Church (TLMBC) who lives a life of Christian Service. Applicant must be a member of the TLMBC Sunday School and graduate with the current class. Other criteria includes leadership, participation in church activities, participation in community organization and a quest of a successful life.
Richton Woman's Club Scholarship
The Scholarship recipient will be a female graduating senior from Richton High School 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. Student must have attended Richton High School for at least 2 years and have a minimum average of 90 for 4 years. Students' ACT score must be a minimum of 20 and plan on attending a Mississippi junior college, community college or university.
Terry Lajaunie Memorial Scholarship for Library and Information Sciences
The Terry Lajaunie Memorial Scholarship is for Library and Information Sciences established by Donna Lajaunie in honor of her late husband who was a librarian. The purpose of this fund is to offer an annual scholarship to a Mississippi student attending undergraduate or graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi for library science and is based on financial need.
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 deserving graduate who has attained the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of a troop within the Pine Burr Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Students may attend any university or college, but preference is giving to those attending The University of Southern Mississippi.