On hand for the grant presentation were from left, Co-Lin Dean of Academic Instruction Dr. Stephanie Duguid; Women’s Foundation of Mississippi Director of Grants Programming Latisha Latiker; and Co-Lin President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims. Photo by Scarlett Hart, Co-Lin Public Relations.

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Co-Lin receives $40K women’s foundation grant to support students

WESSON – The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi has announced that Copiah-Lincoln Community College is the recipient of the Bower Scholars Health Care Grant in the amount of $40,000. The funds will be used for a new initiative to help support Co-Lin students, the Helping Healthcare Wolves to Workforce Success Program.

The goal of Helping Healthcare Wolves to Workforce Success Program is to help increase access to quality healthcare in our community by training and graduating nursing and auxiliary medical program students while alleviating financial barriers.

“When faculty, directors, and counselors speak with students about challenges for completing a degree/credential, many times the underlying issue is financial,” said Co-Lin Dean of Academic Instruction Dr. Stephanie Duguid.

Grant funding will potentially assist nursing and auxiliary medical program students on all three campuses including Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, EMT/Paramedic, Medical Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care Technology. The target population for assistance is nursing and related auxiliary medical programs with a focus on women, but men can apply as well.

Using an application process, Co-Lin will make sure that each student has a valid financial need, provides supporting documentation, and shares how the funds will positively impact them. The student must be in good standing with the college to receive financial support. The program will begin with the Fall 2022 semester. Students will be able to apply for financial assistance such as stipends for program fees, books/supplies, uniforms, exam vouchers (for example:  NCLEX), and in some cases childcare, transportation, gas, and utilities. We feel this opportunity will support many students toward reaching their goals but do know that there will be a limit on monetary resources available. Through planning and financial literacy guidance, the long-term goal is to encourage and prepare students for independence and success.


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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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