MECC is pleased to announce that two 2014 graduates have been awarded full transfer scholarships to local universities.
Paulina Parks of Jonesville, Va., has been selected to receive a full-tuition scholarship at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.
Parks was selected by officials at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) to receive the award based on her academic performance, leadership activities, and desire to attend LMU. Parks has served in a number of leadership positions while attending MECC. She was selected as a MECC Diplomat and has represented the college in several local and state legislative functions. Parks is a volunteer in MECC community service projects; most recently, she served as a student leader in the Operation Christmas Child project, collecting hundreds of donations for children in need.
Parks completed an Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies at MECC in May. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education at LMU in the fall and hopes to become an elementary school teacher.
Kylee Kilbourne of Big Stone Gap, Va., was recently awarded East Tennessee State University’s prestigious Midway Honors Scholarship.
The scholarship covers two years of tuition and fees, provides a book stipend, and offers students the opportunity to apply for an additional $2500 to complete a semester abroad, summer research, or a fifth semester of study. The competitive scholarship is awarded annually to select community college transfer students who have completed an Associate’s degree or 30 credit hours with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Kilbourne was also recognized at the MECC Student Awards Ceremony with the Exceptional Graduate Award, the Who’s Who Among Junior Colleges recognition, the Phi Theta Kappa Good as Gold Scholarship, and the Peggy Durham Student Leadership Award.
While attending MECC, Kilbourne demonstrated tremendous leadership and initiative, serving as a student diplomat, assisting with major campus activities including orientations, campus tours, and transfer fairs. She was elected Student Government President for the 2013-2014 academic year and served as the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Vice-President, representing the honor society as a 2013-2014 All-Virginia Academic Team member. Additionally, she was one of MECC’s student legislative representatives, traveling to the state capitol in 2013 to meet with state leaders.
As both a SGA and PTK officer, Kilbourne assisted with multiple campus fundraisers and service events including highway cleanup initiatives, Operation Christmas Child, and the Stop Hunger Now Packaging Event. She volunteered to serve on educational committees and boards such as Achieving the Dream, Instruction and Curriculum, Student Success, and various student activities committees. During the summer of 2013, Kilbourne served as a teaching assistant for the MECC Governor’s School program for high school students, assisting in theater instruction. Also in the summer of 2013, Kilbourne worked in the MECC Office of Community Relations where she assisted in the writing of press releases, updated the college website and TV channel, and maintained the college’s social media pages. In 2014, Kilbourne served as an assistant in the president’s office.
“Kylee decided last spring that she wanted to go to ETSU and that the Midway Scholarship was her goal,” said Kilbourne’s academic and honor society advisor, Sarah Gilliam. “She knew that she had to demonstrate not only academic ability, but leadership and volunteerism to be considered, and she worked incredibly hard to showcase those abilities. ETSU has provided our transfer students with wonderful scholarship opportunities, and we are excited to see her as a member of their Honors College.”
For more information on MECC transfer scholarship opportunities, please contact the MECC Community Relations Office at (276) 523-7480.