Meridianites Reach Landmark

The National Council of Meridianites held its scholarship luncheon Friday.

It's part of the 43rd Annual Meridian Convention and Picnic, which came home this year.

The Jacqueline Sweetner Caffey Scholarship Fund reached the $100,000 mark this year.

The money raised is invested and grows to support more scholarships for high school and college students.

"We are all about education. The reason we're existing, as what I would call a town reunion in the first place, is because as we grew up here in the fifties there were no jobs for us when we finished high school," said Dr. Larry V. Walker, president of the scholarship foundation. "There were very few opportunities for us to attend college. And many of our people left here and went to the auto industries in the Midwest and to other areas of the country, all over the country."

The Meridianites came up with the idea for an annual reunion after meeting at the funeral of a classmate in 1967. The scholarship fund was established in 1996.

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