NASA Scholarship Recipients

NASA Consortium Hands Scholarships to Student-Scholars

The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium recently awarded $600 scholarships to six outstanding Coahoma Community College students.

NASA Consortium Hands Scholarships to Student-Scholars

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Wed Feb 12, 2020

NASA Scholarship Recipients

From left to right (front row): Denver Jamerson, Kaitleen Noah, Portia Trotter, XinXin Liu
From left to right (back row): Dr. Richard Cosby, Patricia Furdge, Angela Reynolds, Terriyana Simmons, Dr. Rolonda Brown

The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium recently awarded $600 scholarships to six outstanding Coahoma Community College students. The financial gifts will support recipients Terriyana Simmons, Denver Jamerson, XinXin Liu, Kaitleen Noah, Portia Trotter, and Madison Taylor in furthering their education.

The Consortium will aid the scholars, who hold exceptional GPAs, in reaching their career goals. Biology instructors Dr. Richard Cosby and Angela Reynolds serve as the MSSGC coordinators.

For Kaitleen Noah, a member of the Student Government Association and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the College’s Math and Science Program feeds her ambition of becoming a dermatologist. The Clarksdale native has been able to go on a field trip to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, with those in math and science-related majors. She currently has a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“This scholarship has opened many doors that allow me to venture out into the fields of science,” said Noah.

Sophomore Terriyana Simmons, the vice president of the Student Government Association and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, said that winning the scholarship has allowed her the opportunity to network with scholarship awardees at other institutions.

“This scholarship has allowed me to take interest in other areas of science because now that I’ve gotten the scholarship, I’ve been receiving emails and different things with other opportunities for NASA,” said Simmons.

A pre-nursing major from Memphis, Tennessee, Simmons has thus far enjoyed taking courses in the department that are imperative to her field of study. She has a 3.8 GPA.

“The Math and Science program here at Coahoma is great,” she said. “We go on field trips. It allows me to learn new things and expand my horizon and think broader than I was thinking before when it comes to science and math.”

The Consortium’s mission is to support aerospace science and technology efforts and activities in Mississippi as well as promote a strong science, mathematics, and technology base at pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate levels in the region's educational institutions.

It was initially named the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in 1989 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The MSSGC was established at four institutions of higher learning including, the University of Mississippi, Jackson State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Mississippi State University in 1991. The program is now present on the campuses of eight universities and nine community colleges throughout the state. Funded by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, the Consortium is composed of scientists, engineers, teachers, and leaders that help unfold science and technology research. It provides opportunities to students and faculty in NASA-related fields of study, encouraging recruitment and training of talented students, especially women and minorities, who will become professionals in the sciences.

For more information about the College’s Math and Science Program, call (662) 621-4291, or contact department chair Patricia Furdge at (662) 621-4282/pfurdge@coahomacc.edu.