Three MSU students receive Mississippi Professional Educators scholarships

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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Contact: Bethany Shipp

Three Mississippi State College of Education students are Mississippi Professional Educators scholarship recipients.

Graduate students Ashley Baker of Smithdale and Elizabeth Fisher of Meridian were recently awarded a $1,000 graduate scholarship. Junior Emily Beck of Richton received a $500 Linda Anglin Teacher Preparation Scholarship, which includes complimentary membership to Mississippi Professional Educators, or MPE, for her first year of teaching.

Founded in 1979, MPE is Mississippi's largest and premier organization for professional educators, serving approximately 12,500 teachers, administrators and support personnel. MPE offers an annual scholarship to an MPE student member from each school of education at Mississippi's 15 public and private institutions of higher learning and awards up to 20 scholarships every year to MPE members who wish to pursue graduate-level studies at a college or university in the state.

Baker is a kindergarten teacher at Amite County Elementary and graduated from MSU with her bachelor's degree in elementary education. A member of MPE since 2018, she is currently a master's student studying elementary education at MSU.

Fisher, a gifted teacher at Quitman Upper Elementary, earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and her master's degree from Arkansas State University. She joined MPE in 2012 and is pursuing a specialist degree in education with a concentration in school administration at MSU.

Beck is a junior elementary education major in MSU-Meridian's Professional Advancement Network for Teachers and Administrators program. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and a pre-K teacher assistant with the Wayne County School District.

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