Eleven High School Seniors Receive Scholarships at MCEF Awards Day

Program encourages students to continue education in career and technical fields


RIDGELAND ― Eleven high school seniors enrolled in career and technical education programs across Mississippi won $5,500 in scholarships at an annual celebration sponsored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation on May 6.

The scholarship program, funded by MCEF and the Mississippi State Board of Contractors, provides $500 scholarships to students who are on track to enroll and be accepted in a construction- or manufacturing-related degree program after graduating from high school. Recipients also must meet academic requirements and be recommended by their instructors and career-center directors.

“If Mississippi is going to have the skilled workforce that’s needed for tomorrow, we must encourage and train those workers today,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “This scholarship program rewards students who are readying for career and technical positions; subsequently preparing Mississippi to support its growing construction and manufacturing industries.”

Scholarship winners are Carter Worthey, Monroe County Career and Technical Education Center; Tyler Young, Amory Career and Technical Center; Weston Roberson, Tippah Career and Technology Center; Mike Kendall, Grenada Career and Technical Center; Brody Burchfield, Winston-Louisville Career and Technical Center; Tressa Polk, Dennis W. Fortenberry Career Center; Joshua Cook, Mason Anthony and Logan Potts, South Panola High School Career and Technical Education program; and Luciano Quiej-Gonzalez and Jose Arementa, Tupelo Career and Technical Center.

In addition to their scholarships, Burchfield and Roberson received Student of the Year awards from MCEF along with a $500 cash prize.

During the Awards Day luncheon at Pearl’s Holiday Inn, MCEF also honored winners of the MCEF State Craft Competition and recognized 2015 State Craft Championships winners who competed in the 2016 National Craft Championship in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The mission of the non-profit MCEF is to promote careers, recruit capable individuals and train a quality workforce for the construction industry in the state of Mississippi. MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at http://mcef.net.

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