Fifteen High School Seniors Receive Scholarships at MCEF Awards Day

Program encourages students to continue education in career and technical fields

PEARL ― Fifteen high school seniors enrolled in career and technical education programs across Mississippi won $7,500 in scholarships at an annual celebration sponsored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation on May 5.

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 Clay Artman, Desoto County Career and Technology – East; William Jay Crane, Simpson County Technical Center; McGwire Denmark, Greene County Vocational Technical Center; Justin Foy, Wayne County Career and Technical Center; John Forrest Franklin, South Panola Career and Technical Center; Clayton Gazaway, South Panola Career and Technical Center; Hunter Johnson, George County Career and Technical Center; Lavarius Heath, Canton Career Center; Triston Ligon, Monroe County Career Technical Center; Austin Malone, Wayne County Career and Technical Center; Douglas O’Brien, Lauderdale County Career and Technical Center; Jarvis Renix, North Panola Career and Technical Center; Randy Strickland, Green County Vocational Technical Center; Clark Sullivan, Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center; and Tyler Terwilliger, Hancock County Career Technical Center.

During the Awards Day luncheon at its Pearl office, MCEF also honored its student of the year finalists and winners of the 2017 State Craft Competition.

MCEF is a non-profit educational foundation that provides NCCER craft training and credentialing in more than 100 career and technical programs across the state. The foundation’s mission is to train individuals for the construction and manufacturing industries in Mississippi.

MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at

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