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2009-10 All Scholarships CFGJ Scholarship Funds Scholarship Recipients 2009-10 Scholarship Awards
06/10/2010 Madison Central High School Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship Michelle Anne Halowach 2010 Scholarship Award
06/21/2010 International Ballet Competition Peggy Mize Fund for the IBC Anonymous Dancer 2010 Competition
07/07/2010 MS University for Women Chuck Griffing Memorial Scholarship Kimberly Washington 2010 Scholarship Award
07/17/2010 Canton & Madison Public Schools Nissan/BankPlus Minigrant BankPlus Volunteer 2010 Golf Tournament
07/21/2010 Mississippi State University Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Amberly Dennis 2010 Scholarship Award
07/21/2010 Mississippi State University Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Darius Mangum 2010 Scholarship Award
07/21/2010 Morehouse College Chuck Griffin Memorial Scholarship Jarvis Gray 2010 Scholarship Award
07/22/2010 University of Mississippi Harrison Clark Scholarship Camille Mullins 2010 Scholarship Award
07/22/2010 University of Mississippi Harrison Clark Scholarship Alex Subauste 2010 Scholarship Award
07/27/2010 Jackson State University Tony Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship Shirley Collins
2010 Scholarship Award
08/03/2010 University of Mississippi John Robert Boswell Scholarship Geoff Sinning 2010 Scholarship Award
08/03/2010 Mississippi State University Bill Hunsberger Memorial Scholarship Bailey Smith 2010 Scholarship Award
08/04/2010 Hinds Community College Robert E. Luckett Memorial Scholarship Fund Whitney Thorpe 2010 Scholarship Award
09/15/2010 Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust Governor William Winter EFT Minigrant Award
09/15/2010 Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust EFT Party Goers EFT Anniversary Celebration
10/05/2010 University of Southern MS American Public Works Assn. Scholarship Grant Woods 2010 Scholarship Award
10/15/2010 East Central Community College Chuck Griffin Memorial Scholarship Frederick Davis 2010 Scholarship Award
11/15/2010 CFGJ Administrative Fund N/A 2010 Community Celebration
12/19/2010 US Federal Court Carlton Reeves N/A Federal Judge Appt.
12/31/2010 Boys and Girls Club of MS David and Kristi Nutt Billy Redd, David and Kristi Nutt B&GC Canton Unit
01/31/2011 CFGJ Scholarship Funds N/A 2011-2012 Scholarship Cycle
02/02/2011 CFGJ Ramey-Harris Fund Various Grantees 2011 Grant Cycle
02/15/2011 Greater Jackson Chamber N/A Hibbett Neel Pat Yarborough Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
03/01/2011 CFGJ Various Funds Various Grantees 2011 Grant Cycle Opens
05/15/2011 MEC Economic Development Alveno Castilla Blueprint Mississippi
05/15/2011 CFGJ Eddie Hodges Endowment Mississippi Opera Assn. Annual Grant
05/15/2011 CFGJ Various Funds Various Grantees 2011 Grant Cycle Awards
08/15/2011 CFGJ Various Funds Various Recipients 2011 Scholarship Awards
08/20/2011 MS Museum of Natural Science Stewpot Stewpot Kids 2011 Summer Camp
10/30/2011 CFGJ All Funds CFGJ Membership 2011 Members Party!

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HeARTworks displays the talents of local artists.

Founded a year ago by Stacy Underwood, and run through a partnership with her friend Jamie Randle, HeARTworks has created a way for the clients of Stewpot Community Services to find a voice through their art, share their talents and earn money from doing so.

Underwood got the idea to start HeARTworks after reading Ron Hall and Denver Moore’s book Same Kind of Different As Me, the true story of a multi-millionaire and a homeless man finding common ground and lifelong friendship despite their different lots in life. “The book puts an absolute new face on homelessness," Underwood said. Underwood was so inspired she decided to volunteer with the homeless and needy at Stewpot. The program, independent of Stewpot, has ongoing permission to use its cafeteria space. Through hour-long art sessions every Tuesday morning, a series of paintings was created for sale at HeARTworks' first annual art show at Fischer Galleries in Fondren. Frank Spencer, the CEO of Stewpot and a lawyer, is helping incorporate HeARTworks as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Eventually, contingent on sufficient funding, Underwood would love to start an urban art center with a storefront to sell clients' art. It all started with a stroke of inspiration, and one year later HeARTworks brought together Jackson area residents from all walks of life: volunteers, the homeless and needy, nonprofit staff, small business owners and potential art buyers. Stewpot has also started the HeARTworks Memorial Fund in honor of the late Mollison Holmes (a longtime Stewpot client). The fund will launch a small library of art books.

2011 Members' Meeting


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Junior League of Jackson's tradition in supporting JPS classrooms.

For 25 years JPS classrooms are encouraging innovative ideas with a little help from the Junior League of Jackson, your Community Foundation, and Jackson Public Schools. The goal is to enhance the pursuit of excellence in JPS by providing funding for various enrichment, learning and motivational projects that cannot be funded by the normal budgetary process.

Each spring JPS teachers submit requests for classroom necessities to the JLJ and the CFGJ through the Mini-grant Program. In January, a grant writing workship was hosted to give the teachers an opportrunity to obtain more information on how to write an acceptable grant and what readers are looking for when they grade the entiries.

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CFGJ's 2011 Members' Party and Annual Meeting!!

Your Community Foundation celebrated another year of growth and success in serving our fund donors, strengthening our nonprofit partners and supporting the communities in the tri-county. This year we continued to emphasize the importance of strong foundations, whether it be for a home, a business or a community. A strong foundation is more than steel and concrete, it is the bonding of parts to make a solid base on which to build.

There was not much talk from speakers, this year's event continued a tradition of celebrating unity in addressing the needs of our communities. We do this by enjoying each other's company in a party atmosphere at an interesting place with great food, beverages and music. Howard Jones' Trio filled the air with a peppy blend of classice jazz, VIP Catering had an eclectic array of party foods that captured the senses with sight and smell while Katz selected some special wines for everyone's tasting pleasure. As always, the Foundation is ever mindful that it is your support which acts as catalyst to bond our communities. This celebration of fellow citizens was in fact the sharing of passion for philanthropy.

2011 Members' Meeting


2011 Members' Meeting

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CFGJ's 2011 Grants Cycle Award Announcement!!

Grant awards from our annual grant cycle were recently announced by the Foundation. This year’s cycle was very competitive with 84 qualified applications totaling almost $1 Million in requested funding. $120,000 was allocated for granting this year, a difficult job for the Grants Committee.

“Our committee had a daunting task to choose a few projects from a number of very worthy ones. We always wish we could do more, but do feel that the programs we have chosen to fund will have a great impact on the tri-county area” said Hibbett Neel, CFGJ Grants Committee Chair.

The 2011 Grant Awards are designated to projects of the following organizations:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MS
  • Brown Elementary School
  • Camp Wisdom Foundation
  • Central United Methodist Church
  • Cherry Grove M.B. Church
  • Clinton Public School District
  • Germantown Middle School
  • Global Connection Learning Center
  • Greater Sims AME Zion Church
  • Jackson 2000
  • Jackson Zoological Society, Inc.
  • Jackson Public Schools
  • Millsaps College 1 Campus 1 Community
  • Mission First, Inc. - Oasis
  • Mississippi Children's Museum
  • Mississippi College
  • MS Council on Economic Education
  • MS Natural Science Museum Foundation
  • New Hope Christian Elementary School
  • Operation Shoestring
  • Stewpot Community Services
  • Teach For America

The Foundation's policy is to monitor each project in progress and conduct an evaluation of the impact on the community upon completion. Positive community impact with inclusion of a broad base of organizations serving a range of needs within the tri-county area are driving decision factors of the grants committee.

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson is very grateful to the Grants Committee volunteers who lend their expertise in the deliberation over selection of these worthy projects. The Grants Committee is an assembly of unbiased, diverse and independent professionals experienced in community building. The staff of the Community Foundation serves as clerical assistance to the Grants Committee.

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2011-12 Scholarship Recipients
Cassidy Burton, daughter of Robert and Ronda Burton of Brandon, is the 2011 recipient of the APWA Scholarship. A 2009 graduate of Brandon High School, Cassidy currently attends Mississippi State University and is in her junior year majoring in civil engineering. Cassidy is a member of several honor societies and clubs at MSU. She works as a land surveying lab assistant for the civil engineering department during the school year.

Established in 2000 by The Mississippi Chapter of the American Public Works Association, the fund honors a full-time junior or senior at a public university in Mississippi studying to enter the field of public works. "Public works" is generally the municipal or county governmental agency or department which administers projects such as road building, storm water retention, lot clearing, street lighting, engineering review of construction site plans, and other related duties. This award is based both on merit and need.
Geoff Sinning of Brandon is the 2011 recipient of the John Robert Boswell Memorial Scholarship. He is the younger son of Allan and Christina Sinning. He will graduate in May 2012, and hopes to find a job either in the chemical industry or doing environmental work. “The Boswell Scholarship will be extremely helpful in paying for my last year at Ole Miss. I’m very appreciative of the Community Foundation for the award and for their commitment to education, Sinning said”.

The John Robert Boswell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Boswell of Jackson in memory of their son John Robert Boswell, a National Merit Finalist and STAR Student at Jim Hill High School. A Carrier Scholar at Ole Miss, he was graduated in 1984 with a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the field until his death in 1993 of a brain tumor. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior majoring in chemical engineering at Ole Miss. This award is based both on merit and need.
Julia Ewing, the daughter of David and Velma Ewing, is a four-year member of the Marching and Symphonic Bands at MCHS. She has received over ten medals for participating in band, received the Director’s Award in her sophomore year and was MCHS Flue Section Leader her senior year. “When my name was called for me to receive the scholarship, I was absolutely stunned and proud to accept this award as a 7-year fellow band member in the Madison School Bands,” Ewing said.

Jim and Molly Clark of Madison established the fund in 1999 to pay tribute to their son, Harrison Hull Clark, an active trumpeter in the Madison Central High School Marching Band and Symphonic Band who died in 1998. The fund benefits outstanding Madison Central graduates. Since 1999, the fund has grown with contributions from members of the Clark family, friends and faculty and fundraisers held by students at the school.
John Tyler Fanning of Madison is a 2011 recipient of the Harrison Clark Memorial Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ).

The son of Johnny and Deanie Fanning, Fanning is a 2011 graduate of Madison Central High School. Active in soccer and football, he was chosen as a senior to be “Jack the Jaguar,” the official MCHS mascot. He currently attends Holmes Community College in Ridgeland and plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall. “I am much honored to receive this very meaningful award. Harrison Clark was a neighbor and a friend to me. I only hope I can live up to the expectations of the Clark family as I embark on the next phase of my education and eventually my career,” Tyler said.

Jim and Molly Clark of Madison established the fund in 1999 to pay tribute to their son, Harrison Hull Clark, an active trumpeter in the Madison Central High School Marching Band and Symphonic Band who died in 1998. The fund benefits outstanding Madison Central graduates. Since 1999, the fund has grown with contributions from members of the Clark family, friends and faculty and fundraisers held by students at the school.
Craig Howard Kirkland of Madison is a 2011 recipient of the Harrison Clark Memorial Scholarship and a 2011 graduate of Madison Central High School. While at Madison Central, he served as Manager for the Jaguar Football and Baseball Teams. He participated in many service organizations, clubs, and was a Beau all four years. His senior year, Craig Howard was one of two managers in the state to be chosen to manage the Mississippi All Star Football Team at the 2010 Mississippi Alabama All Star Football game that was held in Mobile, AL.

He is a communicant at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Madison, Mississippi and is an active member of the youth group. He has worked for Heritage Properties for the past three summers. Craig Howard will attend the University of Mississippi in the fall and is pursuing a degree in Economics and Real Estate.

Jim and Molly Clark of Madison established the fund in 1999 to pay tribute to their son, Harrison Hull Clark, an active trumpeter in the Madison Central High School Marching Band and Symphonic Band who died in 1998. The fund benefits outstanding Madison Central graduates. Since 1999, the fund has grown with contributions from members of the Clark family, friends and faculty and fundraisers held by students at the school.
A native of Selby, MS and student at Delta State University, Selena Moore has a passion for Juvenile Justice. Choosing a career in criminology was an easy decision. Her view is that teens have many social and personal pressures and need guidance through the waves of life. "Words cannot express how hornored I am to receive such a prestigious award" says Moore.

Named in honor of Anthony Gobar of Jackson, a long-time juvenile justice specialist, this fund provides an annual scholarship based on both merit and need for a full-time junior or senior at a public university in Mississippi or at Southern University in Louisiana majoring in criminal justice, political science, or counseling. The student must have a stated career interest in juvenile justice or a similar field and have demonstrated a strong commitment to community and public service.
Trenton Rattler is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He is the son of Ray and Keisha Rattler. Rattler has accomplished a number of personal achievements and awards. He was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, People to People Student Ambassador Program, National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. Trenton participated in Wingfield’s Marching Band and JROTC. Trenton will be continuing his education at Mississippi State University in the Fall of 2011 majoring in Computer Engineering.

The Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 in memory of Mrs. Gary by her family. Mrs. Gary’s strong commitment to education and self-improvement was the impetus for her family’s desire to establish this scholarship. The family wanted to honor her memory by providing a college scholarship to a person whose secondary school education may have been interrupted for various reasons or those who require assistance to continue their education. The fund awards scholarships annually in the amount of $2,000 based on merit.
Shenequa Wilson is the daughter of Montrice and Christopher Rose. As valedictorian of Canton High School she feels this experience has prepared her to further her education at Tougaloo College. While attending Canton High School Shenequa was on the Flag team as co- captain and in the National Honor Society. Her goal is to become a pediatrician. Shenequa will major in Biology and plan to attend medical school after completing her undergraduate degree.

The Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 in memory of Mrs. Gary by her family. Mrs. Gary’s strong commitment to education and self-improvement was the impetus for her family’s desire to establish this scholarship. The family wanted to honor her memory by providing a college scholarship to a person whose secondary school education may have been interrupted for various reasons or those who require assistance to continue their education. The fund awards one scholarship annually in the amount of $2,000 based on merit.
Dyamone White will be attending University of Mississippi and will pursue a major in Journalism. Dyamone was involved in numerous extracurricular activities. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Not Here Club, and Girl Scout just to name a few. Dyamone says that she plan to revive the radio world and be the next Oprah Winfrey in the radio industry. She plans to help the community by exposing details unseen within the community.

The Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 in memory of Mrs. Gary by her family. Mrs. Gary’s strong commitment to education and self-improvement was the impetus for her family’s desire to establish this scholarship. The family wanted to honor her memory by providing a college scholarship to a person whose secondary school education may have been interrupted for various reasons or those who require assistance to continue their education. The fund awards one scholarship annually in the amount of $2,000 based on merit.
Jerek is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He is the son of Mr. Henry and Mrs. Mona Brown. Jerek has received various accolades over the years for his excellence in academics, tae kwon do, and his outspoken attitude. Many of these things reached a peak during his high school years at Jim Hill High School in Jackson, MS. He was voted most intellectual male, Student Body President 2010-2011, and Mr. Jim Hill 2010-2011. He graduated as an International Baccalaureate Scholar and Salutatorian of the Class of 2011. He plans to attend Morehouse College in the Fall of 2011 to major in Political Science. Jereck said "I was humbled that the selection committee saw favor in me considering the competition in the Class of 2011.

The Charles E. “Chuck” Griffin, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the life of this talented young man whose life was cut short when a drag racer lost control of his vehicle and struck and killed Chuck as he stood in front of his best friend’s home. The fund awards an annual scholarship to a graduating student at Jim Hill High School and to a graduating student at Hinds Community College who plans to continue his or her higher education at a four year institution.
Jolie Buchanan of Canton is the recipient of this year’s Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson.

The Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund, started by the parents of the late Ryan Kirkpatrick, provides scholarships to graduates of Madison Central High School. Applicants must have a strong interest in the natural sciences and submit an essay on the natural world. A 2.50 minimum GPA is required.

The daughter of David and Joanne Buchanan, Buchanan is a 2011 Distinguished Honors graduate of Madison Central High School, where she served as dance captain of the dance team, a baseball diamond girl, a member of the Beta Club and she was crowned Miss Madison County Outstanding Teen 2010, She will attend Mississippi State University where she has been accepted into the Shackouls Honors College. “When my name was called, I was filled with a great sense of humility. Mr. Kirkpatirck gave such an emotional and meaningful presentation when the scholarship was awarded. I have a strong desire to make the Kirkpatricks proud of me,” said Jolie Buchanan.


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Forgotten treasure, saving and celebrating the work of Mississippi Craftsmen.

The Governor’s Mansion Art Rescue Project is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and Fletcher Cox, well known local designer, craftsman and member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. The project’s goal is to repair artwork that was made for and installed in the Mississippi Governor’s mansion in the late 1980s by Mississippi craftspeople and subsequently removed from the mansion in later years. Mr. Cox will restore the artwork, fabricate mounts for each piece and install them in public spaces in the Jackson area.

The Mississippi Arts Commission has issued this grant requiring matching funds which the Foundation is seeking. Anyone interested in contributing to this project may contact Jackie Bailey at the Foundation’s office 601-974-6044 or at jackie@cfgj.org. Both the Community Foundation and Mr. Cox acknowledge and thank the state and federal legislators who make MAC’s grant programs possible.

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Stewpot's Kids Camp gives adventure in our back yard.

A grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ) has helped continue the Stewpot Kids Camp at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS).

“MMNS created The Stewpot Kids Camp five years ago to ensure that a broader range of Mississippi children had access to the museum’s popular summer camps,” said MMNS Executive Director Libby Hartfield. Each summer, MMNS hosts three camps for up to 75 Stewpot kids for grades K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. “The theme of the camps connect to the summer temporary exhibit in ways that deepen student engagement with the touring exhibit but also connect to grade level natural science academic benchmarks,” Hartfield added.

MMNS was able to expand outreach in Jackson through a partnership with a community organization (Stewpot Community Services) that could identify students most ready to benefit from the summer camp programs and reach more underserved children than the regular camps could reach. “These camps provide the kind of experiences that are transformative for all children because they connect children to quality hands-on and individualized instruction in ways that might not otherwise be available. They also increase confidence in school and provide spectacular experiences in the natural environment,” Hartfield said.

“This is truly a “win-win” situation for the museum and Stewpot—and it beautifully demonstrates the generosity of CFGJ donors at work in our communities,” said Luther Ott, CFGJ chairman of the board. “Support from the CFGJ will help the museum continue this program at the same level and even grow—plus, it’s a great example of how CFGJ supports and strengthens the services and programs of our non-profit partners,” Ott added.

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MSO receives scholarship from Eddie Hodges Endowment

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra once again benefits from the Eddie Hodges Scholarship Foundation Trust Endowment Fund at Community Foundation of Greater Jackson.  This fund provides supplemental support for the Eddie Hodges Scholarship Foundation's music scholarship program.  The scholarship program allows children to receive assistance in attending the Premier Orchestral Institute of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and other camps around the country.  The Eddie Hodges Scholarship Foundation Trust was established by the Symphony League in 1958 after Mississippi native and child star of stage and screen Eddie Hodges performed at the Symphony's POPS concert.  He donated 25% of his fee to establish the trust.  He later arranged a premiere showing of the movie Huck Finn to be held in Jackson as a benefit for the Trust.  The Symphony League continued from there to add to the Trust, donating a portion of each year's Symphony Ball profits to the Trust.  The Trust was moved to CFGJ in July 2001.

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Blueprint Mississippi Foundational Chairs Selected - Study to Development Strategic Plan for Moving Mississippi Forward

One of our own trustees has been selected to serve as the chair of one of four foundational areas of Blueprint Mississippi, a major statewide initiative to create a strategic plan to put Mississippi in the place of greatest opportunity. Alveno Castilla, a shareholder at Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis P.A. in Jackson, will serve as chair of Technology Commercialization. In addition to his service as the Treasurer of our Board of Trustees, Castilla is also on the MINACT, Inc. Board of Directors, the Jackson State University Development Foundation Board of Directors and the Mississippi Economic Council Board of Directors. Alveno, thank you for your service to CFGJ to the tri-county area, and to the entire state of Mississippi!

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Mississippi Association of Partners in Education Governor's Awards

The Governor's Award and Partnership Excellence Award are presented annually by MAPE to recognize the state's outstanding school-community partnerships.

This year's award includes two partnerships funded in part by the CFGJ annual grant program. Millsaps College joined with Brown Elementary for the 1 Campus 1 Community program which is featured on our Grantee Profile page. This program garnered an unimaginable 100% participation rate by students and teachers.

Watkins Elementary's playground project was awarded, it brought the community together to build a safe, fun magnet for children to work off that excess energy. Parents, teachers and volunteers from across the city chipped in to create an attractive and functional facility for children. The grown-ups got a deep sense of pride from a job well done with the added benefit of doing a good deed for our next generation.


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CFGJ Board Member awarded the Pat Yarborough Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Hibbett Neel (pictured center) engages in many worthy causes. The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership recognizes those citizens that display outstanding achievement in business and volunteerism.

Serving as the chairman of CFGJ's Grants Committee Hibbett has provided remarkable leadership in guiding the many facets of grantmaking activities and diverse citizens that volunteer on this vital committee. Last year the CFGJ Grant Committee deliberated over 40 applications and awarded 14 grants. This year CFGJ hopes to fund more of these worthy projects. This work of the foundation is made possible by leaders like Hibbett.

Hibbett is a faithful attendent to CFGJ Board and Committee meeings. His compassion, gratitude, and service in this work is testament to his greatness.

The Pat Yarborough Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award is given to a person who demonstrates exceptional dedication to community organizations and takes an active part in those organizations’ activities. Their involvement promotes and benefits the entire Greater Jackson region.


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CFGJ accepting grant applications for 2011!!

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Last year CFGJ awarded 14 grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. Grant recipients included schools and nonprofits for programs focused on education, arts, poverty, and special needs to organizations that touch Rankin, Madison and Hinds counties. The application period is from March 1st through April 1st, 2011.

Grants are awarded based on criteria developed by the CFGJ grants committee which is comprised of a diverse group of independent citizens with proven leadership skills and a keen sense for community needs with natual proclivity for fairness.

CFGJ conducts an annual competitive grants process to fulfill its committment to serve, strengthen, and support the communities of the Greater Jackson area.

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Thomas G. Ramey and Peggy Huff Harris Fund's annual grant cycle.

The magic of an endowment is that it is designed for perpetuity. The investment gains in asset value over time sustain annual grant making while protecting the corpus of the fund, forever. It is one of the amazing tools that Peggy Harris determined to employ to achieve her goal of endless support to indispensable, deserving charitable institutions.

The charities that receive these grants can depend on a stream of support to their operations. Mississippi Food Network, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Mississippi Museum of Art, and Operation Shoestring are just four of eight charities that Peggy planned for success.


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CFGJ Board Member earns Federal Court appointment

Congratulations to our board trustee Carlton Reeves as he begins his service as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District. Although Carlton’s appointment meant that he had to step down as a trustee of the Community Foundation and we hate to lose him from our board, we are grateful for his service to us and wish him much success as he serves the people of the Southern District.

Click here for >> Mississiippi Litigation Review - Carlton Reeves now Judge Reeves

Click here for >> Thad Cochran's Press Release - Judge Carlton Reeves


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Welcome 2011 Scholarship Applicants

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ) is now accepting applications for 2011 Scholarships.

CFGJ's 2011-2012 scholarship applications are now being accepted. Now is the time for scholarship seekers from high school, college, and non-traditional backgrounds to apply. Go to the Grants and Programs menu to learn more about this annual cycle of support in our Community.

“We have eleven scholarships in various categories,” said Doug Boone, CFGJ President and CEO. “Parents, high school seniors and college students, including nontraditional college students, are encouraged to visit our website now for detailed information or to download applications,” Boone said.

Click here to see all scholarships >> CFGJ Scholarship Page


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Boys and Girls Club - Canton Unit gets funding...

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson has supported the Canton Unit with grants for remodeling and relocation but recent budget shortfalls precipitated by economic turbulence jeopardized this vital facility.

Kristie and David Nutt came to the rescue with a donation of $150,000 to sustain the facility's programs that include after-school mentoring, tutoring, sports, and other activities for youth in the Canton Area. As an alumni of the B&GC - West Capitol Street facility, David knows first hand how the Boys and Girls Clubs make a positive impact on a persons life.

Billy Redd shares that while the Canton Unit has been saved he still has much worry over the future of the Bolton and Magnolia units that serve about 800 kids. The mission of B&GC is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Click here for >> Clarion Ledger Article - Three Boys and Girls Clubs Closing

Click here for >> WAPT Article - Boys and Girls Clubs get $150K Donation

 

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This Year's Community Celebration

Duling Hall in Fondren was alive with a celebratory spirit as the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson hosted its 16th annual Community Celebration Monday, November 15.

Over 100 CFGJ donors, grantees and members enjoyed presentations by Board Chairman Luther Ott, President and CEO Doug Boone, Francine Reynolds (Artistic Director, New Stage Theatre) and Rob Hill (Pastor, Broadmeadow Methodist Church).

Luther Ott noted that CFGJ is in the top 50 active grantmaking community foundations in the nation. Doug Boone spoke of a banner year for your Foundation—with 2.4 million in grants He also highlighted the opening of five permanent endowment funds in the tri-county area: Mustard Seed, Magnolia Speech School, Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation, the Museum of Natural Science, and the Thomas G. Ramey and Peggy Huff Harris Charitable Fund.

The CFGJ annual reports printed by Hederman Brothers were placed throughout the room. This year’s theme “For Good. Forever. For all of us.” was enhanced by colorful photographs and great stories about the philanthropic spirit of CFGJ donors and the recipients of their generosity.

Music by Bill, Temperance & Jeff rounded out the evening as guests savored delightful food by Jeff Good’s Mangia Bene.

Special thanks to Trustmark Bank and Horne, LLP for their sponsorship of this event.


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Peggy Mize Fund for the IBC Awards

The Community Foundation is pleased that one of our funds helps support dancers participating in the International Ballet Competition recently held in Jackson. This fund, established to honor Ms. Mize by William D. Mounger, honors her love of the IBC by providing scholarships to dancers who want to participate in the IBC and otherwise could not afford to.

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Charles E. "Chuck" Griffin Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

Kimbery Washington is one of three Chuck Griffin scholars, a recent graduate of Jim Hill High School who will be attending the Mississippi University for Women in the Fall of 2010. Kimberly held membership in the Honor Society and Beta Club, she will be working towards a degree in physical therapy while in college.

Kimberly points out "Life is a precious gift and we should use it to benefit society and ourselves."

The Charles E. "Chuck" Griffin Memorial Scholarship is made possible by loving family and friends who determined to make a positive impact by encouraging and supporting aspiring young people pursing higher education. From the tragedy that took Chuck in the prime of his youth the Griffin family has secured a path for others to triumph.


Kimberly Washington

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Nissan/BankPlus Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Teacher Grants

On July 19, teams of golfers took to the links at Lake Caroline to help raise funds for the Nissan/BankPlus Education Mini-Grant Fund at the Community Foundation. This fund awards mini-grants to teachers in the Canton and Madison County Public School Systems to support innovative learning projects that would not otherwise be possible. The tournament raised over $20,000 for the fund. This year’s mini-grants will be awarded in August.


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Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Amberly Dennis is one of the 2010 Aura Neely-Gary scholars. Amberly is a member of the Sunflower County Freedom Project and enjoys writing poetry and public speaking. Through her travels with the Freedom Project she has discovered the many problems in the world which has inspired her to work towards a career in Biomedical Engineering. Ambery says "I plan to help scientists discover cures for cancer and mental illnesses, things that are said to be almost impossible to do."

Indianapolis resident Ted Gary, who grew up in Jackson and attended local public schools, wanted a unique way to honor his mother, Aura. The college scholarship endowed in her name is given to young women who need a helping hand.


Amberly Dennis

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Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

Darius Mangum is one of the 2010 Aura Neely-Gary scholars, he is pursuing a diploma in computer engineering at Mississippi State University. As a single parent Darius's mother instilled the importance of higher education in her children. Darius endeavors to set a good example for his younger sister to be the first male in his family to graduate from college.

The ground work obtained through participation in Jim Hill High School's band, baseball and soccer teams, Honor Society, and student government has helped Darius determine a direction for his life.

Indianapolis resident Ted Gary, who grew up in Jackson and attended local public schools, wanted a unique way to honor his mother, Aura. The college scholarship endowed in her name is given to young women who need a helping hand.


Darius Mangum

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Charles E. "Chuck" Griffin Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

Jarvis Gray received one of three scholarships awarded by the Chuck Griffin Memorial Scholarship Fund. During high school Jarvis was a Band Manager, part of the Kappa League Youth Development Leadership Program, and a member of the Student Council at Jim Hill High School.

Morehouse College is one leg of the journey for Jarvis, his life aspiration is to become a Congressman or Govenor for a southern state after he builds credentials as a criminal prosecutor. Jarvis declares "Often times serving others is driven by self-serving motives, but for me, it is a privilege to offer my service to someone else."

The Charles E. "Chuck" Griffin Memorial Scholarship is made possible by loving family and friends who determined to make a positive impact by encouraging and supporting aspiring young people pursing higher education. From the tragedy that took Chuck in the prime of his youth the Griffin family has secured a path for others to triumph.


Jarvis Gray

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Harrison Clark Scholarship Award - 2010

Molly and Jim Clark wanted to find a special way to pay tribute to their son, Harrison Hull Clark, a trumpeter and active member of Madison Central High School's Marching Band and Symphonic Band who died in 1998. Built up by contributions from family, friends, faculty and student fundraisers, Harrison's scholarship fund benefits outstanding graduates of Madison Central High School.

Camille Mullins is one of the scholarship recipients who has participated in symphonic band for seven years and tells of her love and passion for music and the school. She is excited about starting her collegiate career at the Univeristy of Mississippi.



Camille Mullins

Graduating with Special Distinction Honors, Alex Subauste has performed at Carnegie Hall among several other national venues. He plays both the violin and the trombone and is a nine year member of the Mississippi Symphony Youth Orchestra. As an Eagle Scout, Alex has received the National Leadership and Service Award for his avid and enthusiastic work with handicapped children through sports. His passion is Tae-Kwon-Do and travel.

Alex's ambition is to become a doctor specializing in genetics at the University of Mississippi.


Alessandro "Alex" Subauste

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Anthony "Tony" Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship Award - 2010

With the encouragement and support of family and friends Shirley Collins returned to college in pursuit of a degree in Criminal Justice. Having two young children, she knew getting a degree would be a challenge. "But nothing comes easy in this life" she says with an enduring smile.

Shirley works at JSU and takes time to be a "listener" to discouraged students with struggles of their own, then she becomes an "encourager" reminding folks to move forward to their goals.

Tony Gobar died in 2004, his loved ones created a scholarship in his memory to help students planning to embark on careers in the juvenile justice field. The fund awards an annual scholarship to a junior or senior majoring in criminal justice, political science or counseling at a public university in Mississippi or Southern University.


Shirley Collins

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John Robert Boswell Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

Spending his entire youth in the Brandon area, Geoff Sinning now pursues a major in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mandarin Chinese at the University of Mississippi. Geoff is the president of the university's chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a mentor for the Engineering Student Body Association and an Orientation Counselor for the School of Engineering.

Geoff plans to use his engineering education in the energy sector that is vital to sustain our way of life. Upon hearing of the award a friend observed that "Its like they made a scholarship for you!".

Rebecca and Ernest Boswell of Jackson created a scholarship in honor of their son, John, who died of a brain tumor in 1993. John was a National Merit Finalist and STAR Student at Jim Hill High School and a Carrier Scholar at Ole Miss, where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in chemical engineering. His scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding senior in chemical engineering at Ole Miss.


Geoffrey "Geoff" Sinning

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Bill Hunsberger Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

Bailey Smith is the 2010 scholarship recipient who will use the award to continue her pursuit of graduating with a major in Political Science and a minor in Communications. Bailey plays the trumpet in the Famous Maroon Band and is the current president of the S.C.U.B.A. Dawgs. Upon graduation Bailey plans to attend law school followed by a career in the Air Force Judge Advocate General program.

Established after the death of The Clarion-Ledger publisher and CEO Bill Hunsberger, this fund awards scholarships, on a rotating basis, to journalism students at the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi and students in the political science department at the Mississippi State University who have had media involvement. Bill's three daughters attended these three state universities.


Bailey Smith

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Robert E. Luckett Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

The 2010 Robert E. Luckett scholarship recipient is Whitney Thorpe who will use the award to attend Hinds Community College. Whitney shared that "This scholarship made me more and more excited about going to college knowing that I had people care about my education"

When Rankin County School District director of special projects Robert E. Luckett died in February 2002, his family looked for a way to honor him and his lifelong dedication to education and children. His wife, Jeanne, and their son, Robby, created the Robert E. Luckett Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor graduates of Richland High School, where Mr. Luckett served as principal for 19 years. Selected as statewide Principal of the Year in 1997, Mr. Luckett had also served as principal of St. JosephHigh School and assistant principal at JimHill High School. Children were always important in the Luckett household, with the couple serving as foster parents for 17 children during their 35-year marriage, resulting in their receiving the Lookin' To The Future Award from Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth.


Whitney Thorpe

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Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust Celebrates 25 Years

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and Jackson Public Schools are celebrating 25 years of investing in Jackson’s children. The 25th anniversary celebration will honor the JPS Education Trust Fund’s founders and commemorate the continuing impact it will have in years to come.

The Trust is an endowment that awards annual mini-grants to JPS teachers. It began as a project of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and was later transferred to the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. The Trust has since merged with a similar project of the Junior League of Jackson and continues to be administered by the Community Foundation.

According to Doug Boone, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, “The Education Foundation Trust’s founders had a vision that this fund would provide a permanent way to help enrich JPS classrooms by supporting innovative learning projects that would otherwise go unfunded. Its evolution—coming from the Chamber to the Community Foundation, and the Junior League’s more recent involvement—is a demonstration of the importance of different sectors working together to invest in education as a way to improve our community. We invite the community to join us in observing this milestone.”

The JPS Education Foundation Trust Celebration will be held September 15 at 5:30 PM at the William Winter Archives and History Building located at North and Amite Streets in Downtown Jackson. Speakers at the celebration will include local developer David Watkins and Former Governor William Winter.


Governor Winter in 2003



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Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust Celebrates 25 Years

The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Education Foundation Trust (EFT) September 15 at 5:30 pm at the William Winter Archives building in downtown Jackson.

Established in 1984 by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, EFT’s goal is to enhance the pursuit of excellence in Jackson Public Schools by providing funding for various enrichment, learning and motivational projects that cannot be funded by the normal budgetary process. The incorporators were David Watkins, Alvis Hunt and Lewis Slater. In 1985, Bill Cavanaugh of Mississippi Power and Light, was elected the first president of ETF.

“About the same time, the Junior League of Jackson started its own JPS grant program. In 2000, the Trust moved the assets and program responsibility to the Community Foundation. In 2005, we combined our efforts with the Junior League’s. Working with JPS Partners in Education, teachers submit grant applications that are screened and scored by League volunteers,” said Doug Boone, CFGJ executive director. “We administer the funding and the grants are awarded each August. This year we awarded $132,000 to teachers all across the district. Over the life of this program more than $1.5 M in grants have been made. This program is a great example of how business and community organizations can partner to help our schools educate the future of our community,” Boone added.

The September 15th celebration at the Winter Archives included presentations by David Watkins, Lewis Slater, Doug Boone, Valerie Linn, and Mitchell Shear with concluding remarks by Governor William Winter.



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Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

Michelle Anne Holowach is the 2010 Ryan Kirkpatrick scholar. Michelle was born in a town so small it could be missed very easily if one blinked while driving through it she comments. Her father practiced medicine there before going into the ministry and since then the family had moved several times which Michelle attributes for giving her a full and exciting life.

Arriving in Jackson at the age of 12 Michelle embraced the opportunity to become active in the Madison County Schools over the next several years by playing the trumpet in the band, participating in school musicals, joining the Beta Club and National Honor Society, even becoming an English and Math tutor at Madison Avenue Elementary.

Michelle recalls "When I first heard that I had won the Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship I could hardly believe my ears. I was sitting in the gym at Madison Central High School surrounded by 448 of my fellow graduating class and listening to the beautiful yet heartbreaking story of Ryan Kirkpatrick. The last thing that I expected to hear at the end of this story about a boy who had gone to this school, just like I had, and who had loved science and nature but then had been taken from the world at such a ripe age, was my name. Yet I heard it; and immediately my head shot up as my heart started thumping loudly. I stood up from my chair amidst a gym full of applause but my legs were shaking and I could hardly hear the claps around me; they were nothing but a dull rumbling in the background as I tried to absorb the shock and figure out if my name really was what I had just heard. Somehow, though, my trembling legs managed to carry me to the frount of the gym as I shook hands with the principal and accepted my certificate. This certificate assured me that not only had I just won the scholarship, but I had also managed to use my writing to remind Ryan Kirkpatrick's parents of the love he had held for nature and the world around him; a love that he and I shared. I walked away from the podium and immediately sought out my family among the crowd in the stands. As I found them tears sprung into my eyes and a large grin spread across my face that wasn't going to leave for a long time- I knew I had made them proud and I had made myself proud, too. It was a spectacular moment that I will never forget; to know that my essay had touched the heart of a family who wished they could have seen their son standing where I stood now. I am eternally thankful that Ryan's parents have blessed me with this opportunity. My adventures are just beginning."

A bright, multi-talented and promising senior at Madison Central High School, Ryan Kirkpatrick was killed in a car accident on October 3rd, 2003, at the age of 17. The Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his parents as a tribute to his life. The fund provides scholarships to graduates of Madison Central.


Michelle Anne Halowach



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Charles E. "Chuck" Griffin Memorial Scholarship Award - 2010

This year's Chuck Griffin scholar is Frederick Davis. Frederick will pursue a career in physical therapy. He enjoys singing, playing the trumpet, playing soccer, and running track. As the youngest of four siblings, Frederick is a first-generation college student.

Frederick remarks "Once I read the (award) letter to my mom and tears came to her eyes, I knew those were tears of happiness. That moment I will cherish for the rest of my life. Especially, knowing how this scholarship will help me succeed in my college endeavors and that I made my Mother proud of me."

The Charles E. "Chuck" Griffin Memorial Scholarship is made possible by loving family and friends who determined to make a positive impact by encouraging and supporting aspiring young people pursing higher education. From the tragedy that took Chuck in the prime of his youth the Griffin family has secured a path for others to triumph.


Frederick Davis



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MS Chapter American Public Works Association Scholarship Award - 2010

The Mississippi Chapter American Public Works Association provides financial assistance for college juniors and seniors in Mississippi who plan to enter the field of public works after graduation. The scholarhsip has benefited majors in civil, environmental and electrical engineering, public admiinistration, bilogy and chemistry.

The 2010 scholarship recipient is Grant Woods of Canton, a Construction Engineering major at the University of Southern Mississippi. Grant is a member of the Student Constructors Association, the National Scholars Honor Society, and fills various leadership roles in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He participates in intramural soccer, football, and volleyball when he has spare time.

Grant commented "I am proud of this award and will work hard to present myself as a worthy recipient".


John "Grant" Woods



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