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Corinth Civitans Award Five College Scholarships

The Corinth Civitan Club awarded five college scholarships to local high school seniors. From left are Baleigh Derrick, Mary Hope Jones, Civitan President Lesley Raines, Ali Jones, Holly Ross, Adviser for Jr. Civitans Tina Bugg and Preslee Sartain. (Photo by Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today)

By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The Corinth Civitan Club on Wednesday awarded five college scholarships of $750 apiece to local high school seniors.
Civitan President Lesley Raines said the club is “proud” of the youth and is “honored” to provide the scholarships.
Named in honor of famous pilot and Alcorn County native Roscoe Turner, the scholarships are awarded annually by the Civitan Club. The college scholarships are aptly named in honor of Turner since he was a person who never gave up on his dreams, Raines noted.
The Civitan Club also treated the recipients to lunch at Pizza Grocery and presented them with engraved plaques.
The recipients of this year’s Roscoe Turner Memorial Scholarship are: Mary Hope Jones, Kossuth High School; Preslee Sartain, Alcorn Central High School; Holly Ross, Corinth High School; Baleigh Derrick, Biggersville High School; and Ali Jones, who was the Jr. Civitan Club recipient.
This was the first year the scholarship was awarded to a member of the newly formed Jr. Civitan Club. Jones is president of the junior club, which makes a positive community impact. The junior club is currently organizing a prom for special needs high school students.
The Corinth Civitan Club is devoted to helping children, Raines said. In addition to awarding scholarships, the club also provides toys, clothing and shoes for children at Christmas.
The club’s main fundraiser is its annual steak sale, which took place last Saturday in front of Gardner’s Supermarket. The club sold at least 400 steaks, Raines said.
Civitan International has a research center in Birmingham, Ala. devoted to helping people with developmental disabilities.
The Corinth Civitan Club recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.

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