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ECCC  Foundation announces  creation of new endowed  annual  scholarships

The late Frank M. Cross, a native of the woods, is one of those honored

The East Central Community College Foundation has announced the creation of four new awarded scholarships and one new annual scholarship thanks to the generosity of the alumni and friends of Decatur College.

ECCC offers approximately 170 annual scholarships awarded for entry to new and returning students through the EC Promise Scholarship Programme. Last year, the ECCC Foundation awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships. The East Central School District Slagel Scholarship also serves as a gap-filler for students who are residing in or attending high school in the five-county Lake Nchouba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties who have not received and/or qualify for sources of sufficient funding to cover the cost of attendance.

The new ECCC Scholarships for Fall 2021 include:

Frank M. Cross Scholarship. The scholarship was established entirely by Charles and Paula Wagner of Starkville, members of the 1971 ECCC class, in memory of the late Cross, a Scott County native and a graduate of Forrest High School. He taught via chemistry at East Central from 1933-70. Cross Hall on the Decatur campus is named in his honor. The scholarship will be awarded to a second student in the sciences, with preference given to chemistry.

Alford J. Deaton Scholarship. Funds are being sought to fully award this scholarship, which was established by former students and friends in memory of the late Deaton, a native of Shannon and alumnus of Shannon High School. Deaton has taught physics at East Central for 34 years. The scholarship will be awarded to a second student in the sciences, with preference given to physics or physical sciences.

Sarah L. Scholarship Heard. Funds are being sought to fully award this scholarship, which was established by former students and friends in memory of the late Heard, who was born in Riley and raised in Trenton, Tennessee, and was a biology teacher at ECCC from 1969 to 1987. The scholarship will be awarded to second-year students in a science major, giving Preference for biology or introductory medicine.

George L. Mason Scholarship. Funds are being sought to fully award this scholarship, which was established by former students and friends in memory of Mason, a Newton County native and a graduate of Newton High School. He was a biology teacher at East Central from 1960 to 1991 when he retired. The scholarship will be awarded to a second student in the sciences, with preference given to biology, agriculture or forestry.

Delisha Payton-Townsend Memorial Scholarship. The annual scholarship was created by a family in memory of Payton Townsend of Walnut Grove, who died in 2020 at the age of 19 from an incurable brain tumor. She was a student in the ECCC Surgical Technology Program at the time. The scholarship is awarded to a first-year student in a surgical technology program.

For information on supporting any of these scholarships or establishing a scholarship at East Central Community College, please contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, Executive Director of ECCC, at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6327.

Students applying for scholarships must first complete an application for admission by clicking on the “Apply Now” button located at the top of the College’s website at www.eccc.edu. After the application has been processed at the Admissions Office, the student can apply for scholarships by logging into their myEC account and clicking on the Future-Student tab and then the Scholarships tab.

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