Garner Selected For Telephone Pioneer Scholarship

Jessica GarnerJackson, MS. – Jessica Garner was selected to receive Billy D. Young Memorial Scholarship by the Mid-South Chapter of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association (ITPA). The given award is based on merit, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed in all endeavors as well as through written essay.  The Scholarship is awarded to 15 high school seniors or undergraduate college students who are dependent children or grandchildren of an employee of a Mid-South Chapter Member company. The Chapter awarded a total of $23,000 in 2016.

Garner is a sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont and a graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  She was selected to the “Feb” class at Middlebury.  February admission is a regular institution at Middlebury. Students accepted in February, also known as Febs, have proven themselves very successful. They are often leaders of clubs and organizations, captains of sports teams, and representatives within the student government.

During her freshman year at Middlebury, Garner immersed herself in studies and campus activities.  She is a member of the Sign Language Club, the Theatre Club, the Bollywood Dance Club, and the Ladies Rugby Team. 

While attending St. Andrew’s, she was a leader on campus and recognized for numerous awards including: High Honor Roll throughout high school; Recipient of multiple National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; Voices Award nominee and 1 of 35 National Student Poet’s Program Finalists; Recipient of the St. Andrew’s Creative Writing Book Award, the AP Human Geography Book Award, the Big Screen Rome Book Award, and the World Religions Book Award; Recipient of the Eudora Welty Creative Writing Award; and President of the Environmental Club for two years. 

Garner is the daughter of James and Joey Garner of Ridgeland, MS, and the granddaughter of Joseph and Nancy Fail of Bay Springs, MS and John and Sarah Garner of Tuscumbia, AL. 

The Mid-South Chapter of ITPA offers the Billy D. Young Memorial Scholarship Program in an effort to support fellow telecommunications workers in educating their dependent children.  The scholarship is made available through the Mid-South Chapter and is supported by the individual pioneer clubs in the Chapter. 

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