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STARKVILLE, Miss.â€”A Nashville, Tennessee, resident is honoring the memory of a family member who made history at Mississippi State.
Betsy Jackson, along with her siblings, recently established the Sheila Rene Jackson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the universityâ€™s College of Architecture, Art and Design.
In 1984, Sheila Jackson became the first female African American receiving a bachelorâ€™s degree from the School of Architecture. She went on to a professional design career with the City of Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology Research Institute, among other organizations.
â€śThe School of Architecture is honored to be the recipient of this generous memorial scholarship,â€ť said school director Michael Berk. â€śShe was a pioneer in helping to break gender and racial barriers in the architectural profession, and remains an incredible role model for us all.â€ť
Berk, who also holds the schoolâ€™s F.L. Crane Endowed Professorship, said the Jackson Scholarship will be awarded to a worthy student completing the final year of the schoolâ€™s traditional five-year undergraduate program. Among other criteria, preference will be given to female African American majors, he added.
â€śMy sister believed in helping others,â€ť Betsy Jackson said. â€śMy siblings and I wanted to do something that would not only honor Sheilaâ€™s legacy at MSU, but also would do what meant the most to her, help others.â€ť
Established in 1973, MSUâ€™s architecture school offers the only accredited professional degree of its kind in Mississippi. Housed in downtown Jackson, the senior-year study requirement was the nationâ€™s first self-contained, fifth-year program in the major.
For information on creating scholarships through the College of Architecture, Art and Design, contact Perry K. â€śP.K.â€ť Thomas, the collegeâ€™s development director, at 662-325-2464 or email@example.com.
For more about the School of Architecture and other College of Architecture, Art and Design academic programs, visit www.caad.msstate.edu/caad/home.php.
MSU is Mississippiâ€™s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.