Ann Wesson Memorial Scholarships
Ann Wesson Memorial Scholarships are presented to deserving students by the Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs through the Life After High School Project in memory of one of our past presidents and scholarship committee members on the national level, Mrs. Ann Wesson. Mrs. Wesson and her husband, Dr. Ray Wesson, died in a tragic plane crash while traveling with the United States Boxing Team in Poland. Mrs. Wesson was a caring, compassionate, and tireless volunteer for the Mississippi Gulf Coast and an advocate for the children of our community.
Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 are awarded to deserving students and are paid directly to the recipient’s college to cover tuition costs. To be eligible to receive this scholarship, students must live in the Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs service area, which includes the towns and communities of: Biloxi, D’Iberville, Woolmarket, Ocean Springs, St. Martin, and Vancleave. Applicants must also attend one of the following schools: Biloxi High School, D’Iberville High School, Ocean Springs High School, St. Martin High School, St. Patrick Catholic High School, or Vancleave High School.
A committee reviews the applications and selects award winners based on the following considerations: student need (40%), activities and community service (25%), academic achievement (25%), and essay (10%).
Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 23 deserving high school graduates in May 2016.