Ds Scholarship

Endowed Scholarship and Education Grant at JSU, MSU Field of the Year Award | Jackson Free Press

Created by Marcus A. Thompson, a Jackson State University alumnus, is awarded a $50,000 scholarship to help pay tuition, textbooks, supplies and other fees for eligible Mississippi citizens studying special education. Photo courtesy Charles A. Smith / JSU

Created by Marcus A. Thompson, a Jackson State University alumnus, is awarded a $50,000 scholarship to help pay tuition, textbooks, supplies and other fees for eligible Mississippi citizens studying special education. The principal amount will be eligible for matching funds through Title III.

Thompson, a 1990 JSU graduate and senior sales manager for a life sciences company for pharmaceutical and diagnostic devices in Gulfport, Miss., founded the Thelma Thompson Scholarship in memory of his grandmother, who had a daughter with Down syndrome. The endowment also honors the late Dorothy McCoy, a teacher who worked with a special-needs aunt Thompson.

Special education majors and Mississippi residents will receive priority on the scholarship. Eligible students must also be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA and must submit a letter of recommendation from a member of JSU faculty.

JSU Receives Governor’s Grant from Relief Fund for Education in Emergencies

Jackson State University and Mississippi College will soon receive a $5 million Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund grant for a joint project to promote and protect population health, with a focus on academics, the community and the workforce. The grant is part of the second round of GEER funding, which was administered by Governor Tate Reeves as part of the federal Coronavirus Response and Supplemental Appropriations Act.

The collaboration enables the creation of a Bachelor of Public Health program at both institutions, allowing students with undergraduate degrees to transfer to a master’s degree and then a doctoral program in public health at JSU if they choose. Both schools will also be able to share resources such as faculty, classrooms, mobile health labs, courses, and research.

Individuals working in public health will be able to obtain certification from JSU. The scholarship also provides training in the field of public health.

Dodi Noblefield of Michigan State University receives 2021 College/University Field of the Year award

The Sports Turf Management Association recently selected Mississippi State University’s Dodi Noble Field as its 2021 College/University of the Year. The organization gives recognition annually to natural turf fields that have excellent playability and safety, and their managers use innovative solutions, use their budgets effectively and implement a comprehensive agricultural program, according to a release from Michigan State University.

Sports turf is part of the MSU Campus Services division, which is responsible for maintaining all campus landscaping, among other duties. Sports Turf Supervisor Brandon Harden, a 2006 graduate of the Michigan State University Sports Turf Management Program, runs the department along with Campus Assistant Landscaping Director Bart Brother

The MSU sports turf team will receive the Dudy Noble Field Award at the STMA Annual Conference in January 2022. STMA will also feature the MSU sports team in an upcoming addition from SportsField Management magazine. MSU has also been named a three-time STMA Field of the Year award at Scott Field Football Club at Davis Wade Stadium.

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