Copiah-Lincoln Community College has announced that four outstanding high school seniors have been selected to receive the L. Frank Pitts Scholarship. Recipients include Joshua D. Boone of Crosby, Charles Michael Herring of Brookhaven, Taylor G. Nelson of Bogue Chitto, and Brandon Nettles of Wesson.
"We are excited to award these prestigious scholarships to these outstanding students," said Copiah-Lincoln President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. "We know that their leadership skills will be an asset to our student body and look forward to them attending Copiah-Lincoln this fall."
Joshua Boone is a graduate of Franklin County High School where he served as Band Captain and Beta Club Class Representative. He was a member of the Academic Team, Band, Beta Club, 4-H Club, and FCCLA. Boone was selected National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, Mississippi Governor's School, National Society of High School Scholars, SATP Star, and Mr. FCHS Band.
His community service activities include volunteering with the Salvation Army.
Charles Michael Herring is a graduate of Loyd Star High School where he was a member of the National Beta Club, Loyd Star Hornet Band, and the academic team. An honor roll student, Herring was selected Best in Class Hornet Band and Junior Class President.
He has performed community service with the Loyd Star Softball Program and with the Loyd Star Volunteer Fire Department.
Taylor Nelson is a graduate of Parklane Academy where she served as Student Council Treasurer and Class Officer. Nelson was a member of the yearbook staff, academic team, FBLA, First Priority, FCA, Young Republicans, softball team, and Senior Beta.
She has received highest average awards in English, algebra, world history and desktop publishing and High a Certificates in bio-medical research and biology. As a member of the Lady Pioneer softball team, Nelson was selected All-District, Most Valuable Defensive Player, Most Valuable Offensive Player, MAIS All-Star and MAIS All-State Tournament Team. She was also named HOBY Ambassador and was Homecoming Maid as a junior.
Nelson's community activities include MS Tour for a Cure, Vacation Bible School, Brookhaven Animal Hospital and Hands of Praise Evangelism.
Brandon Nettles is a graduate of Wesson High School where he served as Vice President of the National Honor Society. He was a member of the tennis, baseball, and soccer teams, academic team and National Honor Society.
Nettles was selected to the Hall of Fame, Who's Who Most Intelligent, Duke University Talent Identification Program, and County District Attorney at Mississippi Boy's State. He was named the Copiah County Courier's Player of the Week in soccer and tennis, The Daily Leader's Scholar Athlete, Nettles was District Champion in Singles and Runner-Up in the State Tennis Finals as a junior and All-District and Best Offensive Player in soccer. A Superintendent's Honor Roll student, he received numerous academic awards in math, science, English, and history.
Nettles is an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church serving as an Alter Server and Lector and has performed community service with his church and at Wesson High School.
Criteria for the scholarship includes a minimum ACT score of 25 and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The recipient(s) must live in the Co-Lin's seven county district and be an incoming freshman on the college's Wesson Campus.
After completion of the application process, a special scholarship committee screened all of the applicants and a committee appointed by Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles interviewed the candidates.
The late L. Frank Pitts of Dallas, Texas, was a 1931 graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He established an endowed scholarship fund at the college with a gift of $250,000 to the Copiah-Lincoln Foundation. He was an independent oil and natural gas producer for more than 60 years.
Pitts established an endowed scholarship for faculty development in 2003 with a $250,000 donation to the Foundation. He was a leader in a wide-range of oil industry associations and activities in Texas and was recognized as a spokesman for the energy industry across the country. Pitts was also acknowledged as a pioneer in geological research. He was named a Distinguished Alumni of Co-Lin in 2003, selected Alumnus of the Year in 1973 and was inducted into the Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1994.
L. Frank Pitts Scholarship recipients include seated from left, Joshua Boone of Crosby, Taylor Nelson of Bogue Chitto; standing from left, Co-Lin Foundation Board Member Kenny Goza, Brandon Nettles of Wesson, and Co-Lin President Dr. Ronnie Nettles. Not pictured is Charles Michael Herring of Brookhaven.