Jackson, MS. – Rachael and Rebecca Weems were selected to receive Billy D. Young Memorial Scholarships by the Mid-South Chapter of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association (ITPA). The 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 12 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 $20,000 in 2017.
Both Weems are 2017 graduates of Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, MS, where they each finished with a 4.0 GPA.
Rachael was very active at Northwest Rankin. Her school related activities included Beta Club, French Club, SADD, Mu Alpha Theta, National Art Honor Society, Youth Alive, and Varsity Archery and Soccer. She volunteered for several organizations which consisted of Meals on Wheels, Bottled Water for L.A., Stop Hunger Now, Canned Food Drives, Toys for Tots, Operation Christmas Children and was an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church participating in mission trips to New Orleans and Northern Ireland, Vacation Bible School and Beyond the Walls. In addition to volunteering, Rachael worked for the YMCA and Frontiers. She enjoyed playing select soccer.
Rachael was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and plans to attend Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, where she was accepted into the Shackouls Honors College and will be a part of the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Scholar Program pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.
Rachael and Rebecca are the twin daughters of Jim and Sharon Weems of Brandon, MS, and the granddaughters of Jim and Marie Weems of Brandon, MS, and Tom and Laura Barham of Raymond, MS. Sharon is a Staff Accountant in the Corporate office located in Jackson.
While attending Northwest Rankin, Rebecca was in the Beta Club and on Honor Roll, awarded Student of the Month in January, 2017, participated in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Paws ‘n’ Claws, and the NWR Varsity Choir. An active member of the Covenant Presbyterian Youth where she also attends church, Rebecca also participated in Northern Ireland Mission Trip, Beyond the Wall Mission, Stop Hunger Now and Stewpot Community Services. She enjoyed music and baseball.
Rebecca received a $1,000 scholarship to apply toward her attendance to Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, where she plans to obtain an undergraduate degree in Psychology with aspirations of going to medical school and pursue a Master in Counseling Psychology.
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.