Meridian, Miss. The Riley Foundation says it's increasing support of local Mississippi State University scholarships. The new set of academic awards began this fall at MSU Meridian.
“We are proud to offer these scholarships for students who have attended one of the community colleges in our area,” said executive director Becky Farley.
The Riley gift provides 10 two-year scholarships worth $2,500 each per academic year.
To be designated Riley Scholars, the students selected must have completed at least two years of study at a community college with a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale).
The inaugural class of Riley Scholars includes (by hometown):
DEKALB—Kasi R. McIntosh, daughter of Gregory McIntosh and Katrina Grady. A psychology major, she graduated from Meridian Community College.
MERIDIAN—Shenekia T. Jenkins, an accounting major who graduated from Meridian Community College, and Ashley Judy, a middle school education major who attended Meridian Community College. Judy is the daughter of William E. and Lori W. Judy. Parental information on Jenkins was not available.
NEWTON—Trevor W. Ayllon, a kinesiology major, and Tracie Buckley, a secondary education major, both of whom graduated from East Central Community College. Allyon is the son of Luis C. and Cindy K. Ayllon. Parental information on Buckley was not available.
QUITMAN—Luiza Dos Santos, an accounting major who graduated from Meridian Community College. She is the daughter of Isidro M. Dos Santos and Gina dos Anjos Vieira.
UNION—Erika J. Clark, a middle school education major and the daughter of Eric W. and Stacie Clark and a graduate of East Central Community College; Tiffany G. Dorman, a middle school education major and the daughter of Charles E. and Jennifer L. Dorman and a graduate of East Central Community College; Kelly M. Williamson, an English education major and the daughter of Timothy D. and Nancy Hardy who attended Meridian Community College; and Kristien H. Winstead, a middle school education major and the daughter of Richard and Stephany Winstead who attended East Central Community College.