MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Two Mississippi State University-Meridian students are the first recipients of the Jerry and Ruth Scott Annual Scholarship.
Carly Blake Gensheimer, of Union, is a sophomore communications major from Union, who works as a weekend news reporter and photographer for WTOK-TV.
Madison Tew, of Meridian, is a junior at MSU Meridian, majoring in elementary education. She is a teacher assistant at Northeast Elementary School.
The Jerry and Ruth Scott Foundation created the scholarship to help working adult students enrolled at MSU-Meridian. The Scotts made their home in Meridian for over 30 years. As a planned gift, "the scholarship upholds the late couple’s commitment to the betterment of their hometown through continued investments in the education of hard-working students", according to a news release from MSU Meridian.
Gensheimer and Tew will each receive $3,500 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Candidates for the scholarship must have a minimum 3.5 GPA from their two most recent semesters of coursework at MSU-Meridian or another institution, and must be employed.