DECATUR, Miss. (WJTV) – East Central Community College (ECCC) leaders announced that the school will be offering five new, annual scholarships.

The new scholarships are:

  • Frank M. Cross Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was established by Charles and Paula Waggoner of Starkville in honor of late chemistry instructor, Frank M Cross. This scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore science major, with preference given to chemistry.
  • Alford J. Deaton Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was established by former students in honor of late physics instructor, Alford J. Deaton. This scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore science major, with preference given to physics or physical science.
  • Sara L. Heard Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was established by former students in honor of late biology instructor, Sara L. Heard. This scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore science major, with preference given to biology or pre-medicine.
  • George L. Mason Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was established by former students in honor of late biology instructor, George L. Mason. This scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore biology major, with preference given to biology, agriculture or forestry.
  • Delisha Payton-Townsend Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established by Payton-Townsend’s family in honor of their late daughter. She died from a brain tumor while enrolled in the school’s Surgical Technology Program in 2020. This scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student in the Surgical Technology Program.

Students can apply by submitting an application for admission on the school’s website. Once approved by the Admissions Office, students can apply by logging into their myEC account.