Riley Foundation awards MSU-Meridian students through scholars program

Contact: Lisa Sollie

MERIDIAN, Miss.— The Riley Foundation Scholars Program is currently providing scholarship support to 10 talented MSU-Meridian students.

The competitive program provides two-2020-2021 Riley Scholarsyear scholarship awards. Eligible students must have completed at least two years of study at a local community college with a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale), as well as provide an essay and personal statement with their application.

The current 2020-2021 class of Riley Scholars includes (by hometown):

COLLINSVILLE—Montana Fason, a junior business administration major.
MERIDIAN—Whitney Gardner, a junior applied science major; Tricia LaBiche, a junior accounting major; Anniston Pope, a senior kinesiology major; and Abagail Spangler, a junior elementary education major.
NEWTON—Riley Oubre, a junior elementary education major.
PHILADELPHIA—Caelen Martin, a junior psychology major.
QUITMAN—Chloe Gavin, a junior applied technology event & hospitality major
SEBASTOPOL—Makala Creel, a junior elementary education major.
UNION—Ashley Crawford, a junior elementary education major.

The Riley Foundation, chartered in 1998 works to improve the quality of life for Meridian and Lauderdale County citizens through charitable grants. Its partnership with MSU-Meridian has led to many advancements including the developments of the MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, the I. Alfred Rosenbaum Building, and the Robert B. Deen Jr. Building, all located downtown at the MSU Riley Campus.

For more information about establishing scholarships at MSU-Meridian, contact Jack McCarty, executive director of development for the MSU Foundation, at 662.325.9580 or

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