Ali Grace Applebee receives MSU Presidential Partnership Scholarship

Ali Grace Applebee

Meridian Community College graduate Ali Grace Applebee, 19, of Meridian, has been awarded the Mississippi State University Presidential Scholarship. 

This scholarship covers the cost of tuition for two years (four semesters) at MSU. MCC President Dr. Tom Huebner nominated Applebee. 

Applebee plans to major in kinesiology with a concentration in pre-occupational therapy. After MSU, she plans to attend the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Mississippi Medical School and later work in a position specializing in pediatrics at a school or children's clinic. “I've always loved working with children, but I wanted to do something more than be a teacher. I wanted to have an impact on the lives of children who need extra assistance compared to a normal child in a classroom," Applebee said as to why she chose this field. 

While at MCC, Applebee maintained a 4.0-grade point average on a 4.0 scale and was a member of the Phil Hardin Foundation Honors College at Meridian Community College, the Baptist Student Union, and Phi Theta Kappa academic honorary society. During the College's graduation ceremony, she was named a Phil Hardin Foundation Scholarship recipient. 

Applebee is grateful. "I knew when applying for the scholarship that there were so many very deserving applicants. I am so blessed and honored that I was the one chosen to receive the scholarship. It will help tremendously," she said. 

She credits MCC for helping her develop leadership skills. "It has taught me to put myself out there to try new things," she said. Applebee added MCC faculty members have been open and willing to help whenever needed. 

Applebee is the daughter of Alison Applebee, Billy Applebee, and Stacy Applebee. "My family has always supported me and encouraged me to prioritize schoolwork which has resulted in me loving and enjoying school," she added. 

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