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More Than 200 Area High School Students Qualify for 2015-16 MECC AIMS Higher Scholarship
Posted Date: 5/15/2015
Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce more than 300 students have qualified as recipients of the 2015-16 MECC AIMS Higher Scholarship.
The AIMS Scholarship encourages Virginia-resident high school students in Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson Counties and the City of Norton to complete a challenging curriculum and to pursue higher education. Graduating high school students who meet the requirements of the AIMS Scholars (Virginia Scholars) program will have the opportunity to attend up to two years (72 semester credits) of college without paying any tuition or fees out of pocket. The MECC AIMS Higher Scholarship is funded by the Tobacco Commission and the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation.
The MECC AIMS Higher Scholarship will fill the financial aid gaps for new high school graduates who receive financial aid that is less than the cost of tuition and fees, or who fail to qualify for any financial aid. Students who receive the AIMS Higher Scholarship must attend full time (at least 12 credits per fall and spring semester) and complete their coursework within three years. To continue receiving the AIMS Higher Scholarship while at MECC, a student must maintain a 2.0 overall grade point average and a 2.0 semester average each semester of attendance.
To qualify, high school students must achieve a grade of at least “C” or better in each of the 17 approved high school courses, maintain a 95% school attendance rate throughout high school, have no out of school suspensions, and complete 20 hours of community service over a 4-year period.
Required courses include 4 credits of English (includes Applied Technical Communications), 4 credits of mathematics (Algebra I plus three additional higher mathematics. Algebra I parts 1 and 2 counts as only one course), 3 credits of lab science (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science), 3 credits of social studies (history, government, geography, economics), 2 credits of a single foreign language or two technical courses in the same track, and 1 computer related course (personal computing, software, tools, Programming I and II, computer keyboarding, spreadsheet applications, automated accounting, office technology, information systems, CADD (Drafting courses using computers). All requirements (coursework and community service) must be satisfied by the date of the student’s high school graduation. All coursework requirements must appear on the high school transcript.
The student must attend MECC the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. Students who attend another college prior to enrolling full-time at MECC are no longer eligible for the MECC AIMS Higher Scholarship.
To apply for an AIMS scholarship, students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ AND complete an AIMS scholarship application at www.mecc.edu/scholarship. For more information, contact MECC’s Admissions Office at 276.523.2400.
Area High School Students qualifying for the AIMS Scholarship for 2015-16 include:

Central High School
Preston Addington
Thomas Asher
Amber Baird
Blake Branham
Wyatt Bridges
Bradley Brooks
Madison Brooks
Sarah Burke
Angela Caldwell
Alexander Castro
Abigail Church
MaKenna Engle
Savannah Foster
Michaela Gerfin
Jaime Gordon
Jacob Hall
Jackson Gray Hamilton
Hunter Herald
Jordan Hollyfield
Jordan Jones
Mackenzie Lawson
Brandon Lee
Rachel Lyall
Seth Marsingill
Christian Masters
Jordan Messer
Caleb Mills
Paige Mooney
Kayla Mulkey
Devan Mullins
Eliza Mullins
Hannah Mullins
Taylor Mullins
Hannah Nash
Meagan Owens
Chasity Phillips
Darian Phillips
Logan Reynolds
Jaden Ringley
Cameron Salyer
Megahn Schulte
Alyssa Shell
Addie Shortt
Christian Stafford
Allison Stallard
Haley Stanley
Destiny Strouth
Eden Sturgill
Alexis Taylor
Allison Whited
Roman Williams

Clintwood High School
Emily Bise
Logan Bolling
Chelsea Charles
Erkia Counts
Whitney Davis
Steven Dingus
Edgar Estep
Timothy Fryatt
Morgan Hall
Walter Hill
Jordan Kern
Katie Layne
Sarah McFall
Autumn Mooney
Adrienne Mullins
Ashleigh Mullins
Caleb Mullins
Chandler Mullins
Christian Mullins
Daniel Mullins
Hannah Mullins
Katy Mullins
Kenneth Mullins
Logan Mullins
Hunter Newberry
Bailey Robinson
Tyler Robinson
Jordan Skeen
Allyson Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Samantha Stanley
Samantha Stevens

Eastside High School
Laken Austin
Joseph Baker
Justin Banks
Megan Bright
Brooklyn Cantrell
Daniel Edwards
Zach Gardner
Brittany Hayes
Heather Holbrook
Andrew Jones
Anna Ketron
Jordan Lawson
Hunter McCarty
Hali Meade
Kaitlin Meade
Noah Mullins
Samantha Pridemore
Zachary Short
Dakota Stanley
Zachary Stansberry
Kari Stapleton
Evan Swecker
Brandon Thompson
Tyler Tibbs
Gabriel Vaughn
Michael Wheatley
Megan Wright
Wesley Yeary

Gate City High School
Evan Baker
William Bausell
Kayla Bishop
Gage Blakely
Victoria Blessing
Wesley Byrd
Sarah Calton
Candice Casados
Madison Clark
Colton Deaderick
Matthew Edwards
Megan Edwards
Hannah Egan
Summer France
Nethaniah Gardner
Emily Gibson
Christopher Graham
Lindsey Harper
Elizabeth Hartsock
Samantha Hatfield
Robbie Hicks
Kyra Jessee
Haley Johnson
Mikayla Jones
Kurt Lane
Lydia Lane
Jessica Lawson
Christopher Lewis
Nicholas Mann
John Matlock
Jordan Matlock
Caitlin McConnell
Holly McConnell
Kyla McMillan
Tanner McMurray
Brandon Minton
Joseph Neff
Brandi Osborne
Zachary Parks
Luke Pierson
Ashley Poe
Summer Powers
Herbert Pray
Jonathon Ramsey
Matthew Reed
Ty Reed
Cynthia Rhoton
Katherine Roberts
Bryan Scott
Caley Shearin
Rosa Smith
Allyson Snapp
Hannah Spivey
August Stanley
Katherine Starnes
Hannah Strouth
Zachary Templeton
Lindsay Thacker
Abby Turner
Hannah Waterman
Reece Williams
Benjamin Wilson
Cortney Wolfe
Casey Wood

John I. Burton High School
Jazmane Bay
Alek Belcher
Vanessa Belcher
Jakub Blach
Daniel Cooke
Olivia Davis
Patience Evans
Noah Fields
Madison Fultz
Christopher Hammonds
Michaela Ingle
Joshua Jessee
Ethan Kern
Daniel Messer
Eryk Nayagam
Allison Ramey
Austin Skeens
Megan Steffey
Laken Sturgill
Lauren Sturgill

Lee High School
Nathaniel Gant Aistrop
Savannah Katelyn Allen
Calli Blake Anderson
Jamie Ellen Britton
Brandon Tyrus Burke
Marli Raine Collier
Sarah Alexis Collier
Jordan Wrae Cox
Dillon Wyatt Dotson
Brianna Nykole Dowis
Robert Austin David Edwards
Jessica Brooke Eldridge
Ellie Parker Estes
Stephanie Nicole Flinders
Tyler David Grindstaff
Cody Haley
Crystie Harber
Matthew Herron
Matthew Hess
Wesley Jones
Joshua Ledford
Kelly Long
Elizabeth Maggard
Baylei McCowan
Isaac Miller
Charlie Mullins
Desiree Napier
John David Poe
Savannah Autumn Rasnic
Alyson Mackenzie Robbins
Kelsey Madison Sexton
Robert Maxwell Shuler
Hunter May Smith
Kayla Nicole Terry
Brittany Jaid Tillison
Bethany Suzanne Ward
Abigail Lee Whitaker
Cody Leon Wolford
Jamie Lee Ward Wolford
Kaitlyn Brooke Woodard

Rye Cove High School
Taylor Bishop
Jeremy Carter
Joshua Dingus
Anastasia Fugate
Haley Hillman
Courtney Johnson
Lucindy Lawson
Emily Mays
Jordan Parsons
Sadie Phillips
Charles Roach
Logan Shepard
Katelyn Thomas
Hunter Williams

Thomas Walker High School
Haley Goins
Abaigail Grabeel
Kristen Hedrick
Charity Hensley
Kasey Hoskins
Emily Long
Autumn Porter
Hannah Rivers
Addison Rouse
Holden Welch
Dylan Williams
Makayla Yeary

Twin Springs High School
Alicia Deel
Kiana Epperson
Grace Greene
Brandon Hall
Leighann Hall
Haylee Hazlett
Emily Helton
Alexis Herrera
Alexandra Johnson
Ashlyn Lane
Kennede Matthews
Jasmine McCloud
Devon McConnell
Austin McCracken
Drew McCrary
Meagan Meade
Tyson Nickels
Christopher Parks
Jesus Pascual
Stephen Pennington
Robert Powers
Tristan Sawyer
Tyler Sims
Jordan Smith
Chelsey Stapleton
Tyler Warner
Cindy White

Union High School
Ashley Allison
Kaylee Austin
Sierra Bevins
Kaitlin Buckles
Ralph Burton
Raechel Clark
Ryan Clark
David Collier
Kristi Coomer
James Day
Morgan Dean
Austin Falin
Collin Fields
Stephannie Franklin
Kelcie Freeman
Nathan Gardner
Zachary Gardner
Cody Gentry
Madison Gibson
Alexis Gillenwater
Aaron Gilly
Jordan Gilly
Alexis Grimes
Tristan Grubb
Lakin Hobbs
Patience Honeycutt
Katherine Johnson
Jacob Lawson
Tesa Long
Dylan Mabe
Casey McKee
Alison Morgan
Cory Mullins
Devin Robinette
Sara Shores
Bailey Smith
Kelli Spears
Abby Stewart
Jocelyn Thacker
Jacob Townsend
Ethan Villiard
Jonarae Wade
Kellie Wolfe