JSU Education Endowment, Ezra Jack Keats Awards and Out of the Darkness Campus Walk at USM | Jackson Free Press

Jackson State University recently received a $75,000 educational endowment named after the late Stephen F. Mason, the 17th pastor of the Greater Pearlie Grove MB Church.  Photo courtesy of Charles A. Smith/JSU

Jackson State University recently received a $75,000 educational endowment named after the late Stephen F. Mason, the 17th pastor of the Greater Pearlie Grove MB Church. Photo courtesy of Charles A. Smith/JSU

Jackson State University recently received a $75,000 educational endowment named after the late Stephen F. Mason, the 17th pastor of the Greater Pearlie Grove MB Church. The university will use the scholarship to pay for tuition, textbooks, supplies and other fees included in the cost of education for eligible students, a JSU statement said.

Mason graduated from JSU in 1976 and worked as a teacher in the Canton and Jackson Public School Systems for more than 20 years before becoming an ordained minister in 1988. He served as pastor of Mt. Charity MB Church in Carthage for seven years. before transferring to Jackson’s Greater Pearlie Grove MB Church in 1995.

The church moved from Grand Avenue to its current location at 1640 West County Line Road and held its first worship service at the new location on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Mason led the church for more than 26 years until he passed away in October. . 2021.

Students eligible for the Stephen F. Mason Education Scholarship must be a freshman or sophomore pursuing a degree in the field of education and maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.75; Submit three letters of recommendation from school officials that reflect exemplary behavior, leadership, excellence of character, or community involvement; and submit a one-page essay explaining how the Stephen F. Mason Education Scholarship will impact your academic career at JSU and beyond.

For more information, send an email [email protected] or visit jsums.edu.

USM and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation announce the winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Award

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi recently announced the winners of the 2022 Ezra Jack Keats Prize, as well as four honor books.

The annual EJK Award celebrates exceptional early-career authors and illustrators for portraying the multicultural nature of our world in the spirit of Ezra Jack Keats, says a USM statement. Previous winners include Oge Mora, Meg Medina, Christian Robinson, Bryan Collier and Sophie Blackall.

The virtual award ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 7 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at USM. To register, click here.

The winner of the 2022 Ezra Jack Keats Award for Writer is Paul Harbridge, author of “Out Into the Big Wide Lake,” and the winner of the Illustrator Award is Gracey Zhang for her book “Lala’s Words.”

Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor recipients for 2022 include Joanna Ho for “Playing at the Border” and Anne Wynter for “Everybody in the Red Brick Building.” Illustrator honors include Marta Bartolj for Marta Bartolj’s “Every Little Kindness” and Kenesha Sneed for her book “Many Shapes of Clay.”

USM Hosts Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. Students, faculty, and staff from the School of Psychology of the USM organize the event. Registration will take place at the Bruce and Virginia Wilgus Fitness Trail located next to the Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

This event will support AFSP’s education and advocacy programs and its goal of reducing the annual suicide rate in the US by 20% by 2025, says a USM statement. In addition to raising awareness and funds to fight suicide, the walks provide attendees with an opportunity to connect with others and know that they are not alone, whether they are walking in memory or in support of a loved one or in honor of their own mental health. trip, the statement says.

People can sign up to join an existing walking team or create their own team. Sponsorships are also available. For more information visit http://afsp.org/usm or the Facebook page of the event here.

Those experiencing a crisis should call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text TALK to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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