First student awarded Chief Tyrone Stewart Memorial Scholarship

Pine Belt, Miss (WDAM) – In 2019, Laurel Police Chief Tyrone Stewart passed away. Soon, his family began the process of awarding a scholarship at Jones College in his memory.

This fall, the first scholarship was awarded to a student. Joseph Harris, a freshman at Jones College, is the first recipient of the Chief Tyrone Stewart Memorial Scholarship.

“This scholarship is a great opportunity for me to help get into college and get me motivated through criminal justice and everything,” Harris said.

Harris says the $500 scholarship helps him get one step closer to becoming a civil servant like President Stewart.

“I wanted to establish criminal justice so that I could be a detective whenever I got out of the police academy,” Harris said. “I feel like helping families in this way would actually be a really nice thing I could do for the community and a way to help.”

Through this endowment, Chief Stewart’s family hopes to continue to financially assist the students of Laurel and Jones County for many years to come. They hope that Jones College recipients will be inspired to give back and be of service to others like Chief Stewart.

“He valued higher education and wanted his sons and Laurel, Jones County students to go to college, graduate and return to Laurel to pursue a career in public service,” said Brenda Withersby, sister to President Stewart.

Offering three scholarships this fall is just one of many ways President Stewart’s family is helping honor his memory and legacy of public service.

“I can’t really speak for him, but we think he would be grateful to have listened to him and understood his heart’s desires,” Withersby said. “He really liked people, and by giving away and filling the truck, people are being helped and perhaps in a small but significant way, their quality of life is improved.”

“All I can say is thank you,” Harris said. “It helps a lot and I am honored to be a part of this. This is honestly one of the best things in my life.”

To contribute to the scholarship fund, tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the Jones County Community College Foundation, Inc. at 900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437 or online here and set your donation for the Chief Tyrone Stewart Memorial Scholarship. Students can apply for scholarships through the institution. The priority deadline is March 31 each year.

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