Wallace Community College presented two endowed scholarships during fall term 2013. Christopher (Chris) McCain, Skipperville, received the Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson Endowed Scholarship and Jeremy Hester, Dothan, received the David Whigham Mixson Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
Dr. Mixson, a legendary educator and lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, endowed the Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson Endowed Scholarship in November 2011 and the David Whigham Mixson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in June 2013 through the Wallace Community College Foundation.
“I am excited to endow a scholarship in memory of my late husband, David Whigham Mixson, my best friend and partner in promoting education,” said Dr. Mixson. An Auburn University honor graduate, Mixson’s husband was noted for “his vision, commitment to quality, hard work, and service.” The scholarship in his honor will provide financial assistance to WCC students for years to come.
McCain is enrolled in the Business program and will complete his degree this semester. He holds a 3.175 GPA and plans to transfer to Troy Dothan to complete a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After Troy, Chris plans to continue his education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, as a seminary student. His goal is to become a United Methodist minister. Chris is the son of Dr. Mixson’s pastor at Skipperville United Methodist Church. Chris is also a member of Sigma Kappa Delta and Phi Theta Kappa. “As a student at Wallace Community College I have grown dramatically, both as a student and as an individual. I have made new friends, received an education, and had fun while I did it, too,” he said.
Hester is a pre-engineering student in the Nuclear Engineering Technology program and will transfer to the University of Alabama via distance education after completing his degree from Wallace. Jeremy is married and has an infant son. He maintains a 3.885 GPA and is on the President’s list, all while working at Anderson Home Builders. The scholarship will help Hester obtain his goals while juggling work and a family. “I am a full-time student, a full-time husband, and a full-time father of a 5-month-old little boy named Emmett. I’ve been fortunate enough to work for a company that appreciates my desire to better myself and allows flexible hours,” Hester said. “This scholarship will help ease financial burdens that cause unwanted stress.”
Dr. Mixson began her career as an English teacher at Dothan High School before moving into postsecondary education. In August of 1982, she was named as an English Instructor and Chair of the Language Arts Department and subsequently moved into the role of Assistant Academic Dean at Wallace Community College. Dr. Mixson also served as the Academic Dean from 1983 to 1996 and was instrumental in expanding health sciences program offerings. She also served as Interim President at both WCC and the Alabama Aviation and Technical College. The contributions she made to Wallace Community College still impact instruction today, and she continues her commitment to education through these scholarships.
To be eligible for these scholarships, students must attend WCC Wallace Campus and major in academic transfer or health sciences. Scholarships are awarded based on grade point average, financial need of recipient, and recommendations from a scholarship committee. The award covers 75% of tuition, books, and fees, and is awarded for one scholarship per academic year (renewable). A GPA of 2.5 must be maintained as a full-time student. Additional information is available atwww.wallace.edu or (334) 556-2426.
Wallace Community College addresses a wide range of educational goals, including Academic Programs, Academic Transfer, Allied Health, Career Technical Instruction, Workforce Development Training, and Adult Education, including GED Preparation and English as a Second Language. The College has two campuses — the Wallace Campus in Dothan and the Sparks Campus in Eufaula. The Center for Economic and Workforce Development is also located in Dothan. For more information about Wallace Community College, go to www.wallace.edu.