Canton (MS) … Thirty-seven thousand dollars in college scholarships was recently awarded by Bumpers Drive-In/Western Sizzlin through two statewide essay programs.
The primary program, known as the Bumpers Drive-In/Western Sizzlin Essay Contest, was open to any Mississippi high school senior enrolled in an accredited public or private school, located in a community with a local Bumpers Drive-In or Western Sizzlin restaurant. To enter, students simply needed to submit a typed one-page essay explaining, “Why I Deserve a $1,000 Scholarship from Bumpers Drive-In and Western Sizzlin.” One $1,000 scholarship was awarded to a senior at every school from which a minimum of 10 essays were received. Winners were selected solely on the strength of submitted essays.
Winners of the 2006 Bumpers Drive-In/Western Sizzlin Essay Contest were:
As part of a second essay program, co-sponsored by Junior Achievement and Bumpers-Western Sizzlin, a $1,000 Scholarship was awarded to Hunter Ainsworth, a senior at Northwest Rankin High School (Brandon). Hunter, who participates in the Junior Achievement economics program, was selected on the basis of his teacher recommendation, GPA, class ranking, school and community involvement, leadership, and an essay on what Junior Achievement lesson he thought would help him the most in the future and what he viewed as the most urgent problem facing business today.
In April 2006, Bumpers Drive-In of America also awarded $41,0000 in college scholarships to Mississippi high school students. Two hundred and sixty-six high school juniors and seniors participated in the Bumpers “Discover Mississippi Scholarship Contest”, qualifying for college scholarships to the college or university of their choice. Through that program, sixteen students were awarded scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $10,000.
“We are very pleased to be able to assist Mississippi students in reaching their educational goals and realizing their dreams. My wife and I were both college professors before we started Jackie’s International. That explains, of course, our belief in the importance of a college education,” said Dr. S. L. Sethi, owner/president of Jackie’s International. “We dream of a day when every Mississippi student who desires a college education can pursue that dream. In the meantime, we want to help turn those dreams into reality for as many students as we can. The $77,000 in college scholarships that we have been able to award this spring will, we hope, allow some of our state’s students to pursue their academic dreams.”