The Community Foundation of East Mississippi awarded $9,000 in college scholarships to high school seniors from Neshoba County attending college this fall. Students from Philadelphia High School and Neshoba Central High School have received scholarships to their college of choice from scholarship funds established with the Community Foundation.

Scholarships have been awarded from the Porter Jordan Memorial Award, the Frances and Cooper Williams Scholarship Fund, and the Neshoba Education Endowment Fund. Community minded citizens of Neshoba County who wish to celebrate, encourage, and support outstanding and academically deserving students established these scholarship funds with the Community Foundation with the intention of being able to award scholarships every year, officials said.

Rebecca Prince received a scholarship from the Porter Jordan Memorial Fund. Prince will attend the University of Mississippi this fall.

Taylor Brooks Long received a scholarship from the Frances and Cooper Williams Scholarship Fund. Long will attend the University of Mississippi this fall.

The Neshoba Education Endowment Fund awarded scholarships to the following recipients and their attending colleges: Alexandra Burt, Mississippi University for Women; Ali MacKenzie Gray, Mississippi State University; Taylor Brook Long, University of Mississippi; Rebecca Prince, University of Mississippi; Leah Ferguson, East Central Community College; Ivey Cathryn Commer, East Central Community College; and Anna Leigh Whitney, Mississippi State University.

"The Community Foundation is extraordinarily proud to support these 9 wonderful students from Philadelphia High School and Neshoba Central High School," said M'Lea Davis, Executive Director for the Community Foundation of East Mississippi, "Many thanks to the citizens of Neshoba County for their support through these scholarship funds. These Funds make it possible for us to assist deserving young students within East Mississippi each year with scholarships that encourage them to continue their education and excel at their studies."

These recipients have shown excellence inside and outside the classroom as superior students in Neshoba County. The board and staff of the Community Foundation of East Mississippi congratulates these students for their accomplishments and wishes each of them a vibrant and successful future.

Through scholarship endowments set up by members of the community, the Community Foundation supports a number of students in our region each year with much deserved scholarships to further their education beyond high school. Establishing a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation allows community supporters to create a lifelong legacy that supports deserving students to continue their education for years.

Created by the community, for the community, the Community Foundation of East Mississippi encourages anyone who is interested in starting a scholarship endowment or contributing to an existing endowment fund are encouraged to contact the Community Foundation at 601-696-3035 or visit www.CFEM.org for more information.