Excellence in Education
Oct. 31, 2002
Seven Meridian Community College students have been tapped to receive the 2002-2003 Tom Maynor Physical Therapist Assistant Scholarships for the fall and spring semesters.
The recipients are Tiffany Michelle Thomley, Rachell F. Bateman, Courtney Faye Boswell, Eric Christopher Martin, Barry D. Spencer, Hyun Sook Fritts and Jennifer Kate Harrison. Maynor funds these $1,200 scholarships in recognition of the contribution therapists make in the process of physical rehabilitation.
Tiffany Thomley, 22, is a graduate of Clarkdale Attendance Center. A sophomore at MCC, she is a member of the Physical Therapist Assistant Student Organization and the Health Occupation Students of America. Her educational plans are focused on completing a bachelor's degree in physical therapy. Thomley is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and works part-time at Anderson Hospital Pharmacy.
Rachell Bateman, 34, is a graduate of Meridian High School. A sophomore in the program, she plans to receive her certification as a physical therapist assistant in May. Bateman is a dean's list scholar. She is a member of the Bethany Baptist Church and works part-time at Office Depot.
A graduate of Meridian High School, Courtney Boswell is a sophomore in the PTA Program. A president's list scholar, she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. Boswell is a member of the Physical Therapy Assistant Student Organization and Health Occupation Students of America. She plans to pursue a career in sports medicine. Boswell is employed part time at H. Lee Harris, CPA.
Eric Martin, 20, is a graduate of Quitman High School. A freshman in the PTA program, he plans to specialize in some aspect of physical therapy. In addition to church activities at First Baptist Church in Stonewall, Martin is a member of the Baptist Student Union and is a Clarke County Youth Counselor. He is employed part-time at Perfect Promotions.
A nontraditional student at age 41, Barry Spencer is a freshman in the PTA program. He is a graduate of Tupelo High School. Spencer is a resident assistant at Myrtle Estes Dorm on the MCC campus. His educational plans after graduation are focused on completing a bachelor's degree in biology or kinesiology and possibly obtaining a master's degree in physical therapy.
Hyun Sook Fritts, 36, is married and the mother of two sons. She attended high school in Korea. A national deans' list student, Fritts is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her goal is to graduate and receive certification as a physical therapist assistant. She is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Jennifer Kate Harrison, 21, is a graduate of Kemper Academy. She is a member of the Health Occupation Students of America. Harrison plans to finish the PTA program, attain certification and work in the Meridian area. She is a member of DeKalb Baptist Church. She is employed part-time at Tommy's Steak and Seafood Restaurant.
Senior Kalen B. Bosarge of Collinsville is among 29 students named communication department scholars for the 2002-2003 school year at Mississippi State University.
A public relations major and president's scholar, Bosarge received a fall semester $600 Turner Catledge Scholarship, a memorial by the New York Times to the 1922 MSU graduate who became the newspaper's executive editor.
Bosarge is a 1999 West Lauderdale High School graduate and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hancock and Mr. and Mrs. Brian Bosarge. A previous Catledge Scholar, she is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, Alpha Theta Chi and Gamma Beta Phi honor societies.