Standex, the parent company of the Master-Bilt refrigeration company in New Albany, awarded $15,000 in scholarships to children of employees this past week.
The scholarship program has been going on for at least 25 years, company officials say, with the grants based on a variety of scholastic, extra-curricular and community involvement criteria.
Master-Bilt President Scott Jordan presented the scholarships at a luncheon Thursday to honor recipients and their parents. He said this year every student who applied was able to receive one of the awards. “I am really proud of them. They are going to be the next generation of leaders,” he said.
Scholarship recipients are:
- Jamie Crow, daughter of Darrell and Patricia Crow, $5,000. Crow is planning on attending Ole Miss. At this time she is undecided but considering majoring in graphic design or computer science.
- Morgan Kelly, daughter of Sheila and Shaun Kelly, $3,000. Kelly is planning on attending MUW majoring in nursing.
- Hunter Wigington, son of Doug and Amy Wigington, $2,500. Wigington is planning on attending Northeast Mississippi Community College majoring drafting technology design.
- Keely Chunn, daughter of Pete and Shannon Chunn, $1,000. Chunn is planning on attending Northeast Mississippi Community College majoring in dental.
- Lori Beth Watts, daughter of Jeff and Cheryl Watts, $1,000. Watts is planning on attending Northeast Mississippi Community College majoring in speech pathology.
- Jacklyn Hopkins, daughter of Jackie and Amanda Hopkins, $1,000. Hopkins is planning on attending Northwest Mississippi Community College and majoring in nursing.
- Brent Burge, son of Lynn and Rita Burge, $1,000. Burge is planning on attending Northeast Mississippi Community College majoring in diesel power technology.
- Mandy Stewart, daughter of Michael and Dana Stewart, $500. Stewart is planning on attending Itawamba Community College majoring in clinical physiology.
Master-Bilt has been in New Albany since 1962 and was purchased by the Standex International company in 1972. They manufacture all types of commercial refrigeration equipment, serving mainly North America, and employ about 450 locally.