Seven MCC students receive scholarships

By Staff
special to The Star
Aug. 29, 2002
The memory of a key player in Meridian's medical history will live on thanks to the Reuben S. Johnson Radiologic Technology Scholarships at Meridian Community College.
Seven scholarships were established by Martha R. Johnson and the family of Reuben S. Johnson as a tribute to his achievements in the medical field. Johnson was instrumental in making the 65-bed infirmary into the current 260-bed Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, the largest hospital in East Central Mississippi.
Sophomores Demetria Lynn Dixon, Erica L. Weston, J. Paul Everett, Lindsey Gunn Holifield, Luke Travis McClinton Sr., Amy Jeannine Mixon and Katie Elizabeth Veazey are recipients of the scholarships for the fall and spring semesters of 2002-2003.
Johnson began his 47- year tenure in the medical industry with Anderson Infirmary in 1947. He served as board member and was president and chairman of the board of directors of the medical center for 38 years. From 1976-1994, Johnson served as medical consultant.
The sophomores who will receive the scholarship will graduate in August 2003.
Six of the seven students are employed part time in the medical field.
Holifield, too, wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but she didn't want to follow in her mom's footsteps as a nurse.
Because all of the students juggle school and work, the scholarships were especially welcomed since there is limited opportunity to earn extra money.
A native of Meridian, Dixon, 21, is a single mom with a two-year-old daughter.

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