Scholarship awards two instead of one

Kelsey Barcomb
Staff Writer

The Marion Horne Beasley Scholarship of Troy University, which previously was awarded to one student per year, will be given to two students in the 2014-15 school year.
Alumna Jane Beasley of Jupiter, Fla., established the Marion Horne Beasley Scholarship in her mother’s name. Her mother earned three degrees from Troy over the course of 40 years, one of which was in elementary education. She was a beloved teacher in Barbour County from 1936-1981.
Dianne Gossett, associate dean of the College of Education, said that granting two students this scholarship has not been done before. The scholarship will allot $1,500 per semester for each winner.
Gossett said that it is a great honor to receive the Marion Horne Beasley Scholarship.
“Recipients write a thank-you note,” Gossett said. “They usually develop a relationship with Jane Beasley.”
Kristen Messick from Troy is the most recent recipient of the scholarship. Soon after graduating and working in an office, Messick realized that she would prefer to work with young people. She decided to go back to Troy for her education degree.
“Mrs. Beasley was a remarkable woman and to receive a scholarship that celebrates her memory is an incredible honor for me,” Messick said.
Preference for the Marion Horne Beasley Scholarship is given to those who are residents of Barbour County. There is also preference for students who are currently employed. Applicants must be female, in financial need and enrolled in the College of Education on the main Troy campus.
Students who are interested in the scholarship can apply through Gossett’s office in 339 Hawkins Hall or call 334-670-3460. The deadline to apply is April 30.

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