Scholarship helps fourth-generation Hinds CC student score goals on field, classroom

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Scholarship helps fourth-generation Hinds CC student score goals on field, classroom
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02 January

Scholarship helps fourth-generation Hinds CC student score goals on field, classroom

RAYMOND – As one of the younger members of a “Hinds family,” Drew Shaw understands how unique the bond is between Hinds Community College and its students.

“Growing up, I always knew what the Hinds family was,” Shaw said. “My dad, my mom and my grandparents came to Hinds. I was always involved. We played the Golf Fun Fest every year.”

Drew Shaw

Shaw is a fourth-generation Hinds student, following behind his father, Russell, who is the college’s vice president for Business Services, his mother, Kathy Spann Shaw, a pharmacist, grandfather, Stuart Spann, a longtime computer science instructor, and great-grandmother, L.C. Spann, who was women’s basketball coach. The Central Hinds Academy alumnus and current defender on the Hinds Eagle men’s soccer team often finds himself being a gracious tour guide to fellow students on campus.

Shaw is attending Hinds on the Elizabeth Lloyd Schales Endowment for Excellence, which rewards high-achieving students. In his case, his aptitude rewarded by the scholarship is being used to follow in his mother’s career in pharmacy.

“My mom being a pharmacist started me down the path of wanting to pursue it,” Shaw said. “I love math, chemistry and physics, anything involved like that.

“Being on scholarship has made it easier about not having to worry about the financial situation while I balance school and soccer. Managing time can be pretty difficult during midterms, for example. I’ve spent many late nights studying up for them.”

He’s played soccer in some form since age four and is enjoying to the fullest his chance to begin his college education right in his own backyard. The same goes for his on-campus activities, as he’s a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Baptist Student Union.

The Hinds Community College Foundation awarded more than 600 scholarships in the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Feb. 15, 2018. For more information, visit

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Hinds CC Louis Strickland Scholarship targets Rankin County students, aviation majors
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30 January

Hinds CC Louis Strickland Scholarship targets Rankin County students, aviation majors

Late Hinds Community College alumnus Louis Gene Strickland (1947) of Brandon received numerous recognitions for his service to Hinds Community College during his lifetime.  Now, the former Hinds athlete has a scholarship endowed in his name by family and friends.web_Louis Gene Strickland

The Louis Gene Strickland Memorial Endowed Scholarship gives special preference to Hinds students who are from Rankin County or who are interested in aviation. Strickland served Hinds as a member of the Hinds Community College Foundation Board, Hinds Alumni Association and the Rankin County Alumni Chapter. Strickland was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and honored as the 1992 Hinds Community College Alumnus of the Year.

He later reflected on his time at Hinds with these sentiments: “I fell in love with the place. Hinds had a tremendous influence on my life. It was very unusual for anyone in my community to go to college … and I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to go to Hinds.”

One of seven children from a family in Yazoo County, Strickland graduated from high school at Hinds and returned as a college student on a football scholarship after having entered the U.S. Air Force at age 18.

During his time at Hinds, he was recognized as an All-State center. He treasured the profound impact that Hinds Community College coach Jobie Harris had on his life and considered him not only a teacher and coach but a father figure. He completed his degree and college football career as a student at Delta State University.

Strickland “was a devoted Christ follower who lived daily to glorify God,” said Stephanie Strickland Smith, one of his three daughters. “His leadership as a teacher in the classroom, coach on the football field, director in the workplace and elder in the church had life-changing impact on many in the community.

“This scholarship is endowed in memory of the 64 years lived by Louis Gene Strickland and in honor of the God he served who lives forever,” she said.

He began his professional career as a teacher and coach at Picayune High School. He spent nine years as the head football coach at Brandon High, and the high school football field is named for him. He concluded his coaching career by winning the Little Dixie Championship.

He devoted the next 24 years of his career counseling, teaching and directing rehabilitation programs for the blind in Mississippi. He was instrumental in establishing the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Jackson where he served as director from 1972 until his 1990 retirement. The Center was recognized worldwide as a model for educating and equipping the blind to live productive lives.

Strickland had a lifelong love of aviation and enjoyed piloting his Cessna and listening to live ATC transmissions on his radio in the evenings. His greatest fulfillment, however, came from helping other people – whether sharing vegetables from his garden or through his service with the Brandon Lions Club, Smith said.

He and his wife, Bonnie Jean, had three daughters – the late Sharon Cannon, Susan Crawford and Stephanie Smith.

[tweetable alt=””]The deadline to apply for the Louis Gene Strickland Scholarship at Hinds CC is Feb. 15.[/tweetable]

To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at or click here. The deadline for fall 2017 is Feb. 15.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s desire for achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, grades and letters of recommendation.

For more information about establishing a scholarship at Hinds Community College, contact Jackie Granberry, 601.857.3630,

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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