Tommiea J. King
Retired Jackson State University music professor Jimmie James Jr. has established the Jimmie and Carrie James Endowed Scholarship. In a meeting with President Carolyn Meyers on Thursday, James talked about the passion he and his late wife shared for education.
“We believed that students should not be denied a college education because of their inability to pay,” James said. “Scholarships are necessary.”
The scholarship, established with a check for $20,100, will be available to students studying music and aims to support the music department’s goal of attracting and retaining promising students. Students may apply for the scholarship beginning Spring 2012.
“We certainly appreciate your investment in us,” Meyers said. “Scholarships make the future possible and dreams come true.”
James retired from JSU in 2009 after 43 years of dedicated service as a teacher, band director, and music department chairman. The Hattiesburg native was most commonly known as the voice of the Sonic Boom of the South, a position he held since his first year of employment at JSU.
James began his professional career in 1966, six years after graduating from the then Jackson State College. He was Jackson State’s first tuba major.
For more information on this and other scholarships, contact Linda Daniels at 601-979-6942.