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Past Scholarship requirements

​The NBMMF and the Mississippi State University Foundation agreed to give two Scholarships.


John P. Rush, Vice President for Development and Alumni , and Chief Executive Officer of MSU Foundation, Inc.


In April 2011, the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation established the NICK BELL MENTORING MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP fund. The Mississippi State University Foundation agreed to use this gift to establish an annual scholarship
for deserving students enrolled at Mississippi State University.

1. Be full-time students at Mississippi State University.
2. Be sophomores, juniors or seniors.
3. Have demonstrated academic achievement, a minimum 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 system.
4. Have demonstrated leadership skills.

The University Scholarship Committee administers the scholarship program at Mississippi State University. The scholarship will be awarded on a year-to-year basis. A student who is the recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year; however, they must again comply with the selection criteria.

This scholarship is being established in support of the StatePride: Initiative for Student and Faculty Support. This gift is eligible for a $500 matching gift provided by the MSU Bulldog Club, as long as funds are available.

Candidates for the NICK BELL MENTORING MEMORIAL FOUNDATION LOYALTY SCHOLARSHIP must meet the following criteria:
1. Entering freshmen enrolled at Mississippi State University as a full-time student with minimum 3.0 high school grade point average.
2. Entering community college transfer students with a minimum 3.0 community college grade point average.
3. Community college transfer students must have a minimum 48 transferable community college credit hours.
4. These candidates must have demonstrated leadership ability/potential.
5. Scholarship recipients may be considered to receive the award for up to 4 years provided they maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

The University Scholarship Committee administers the scholarship program at Mississippi State University. The scholarship will be awarded on a year-to-year basis. A student who is the recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year; however, they must again comply with the selection criteria.

Past Scholarship recipients

Allyson Mouron

Allyson Mouron accepting $250 NBMMF contribution to Alberta Elementary School following recent storm

A plea went out from an area elementary teacher wanting to support friends who teach at Alberta Elementary School in Tuscaloosa,Alabama. Several schools in the Tuscaloosa area were destroyed in the recent tornado and are having to “move into” other schools. Allyson Mouron, a local elementary school teacher wanted to collect supplies so that the teachers and students would have what they need to finish the year. Mrs. Mouron accepted a $250 NBMMF contribution on behalf of the school and is delivering the money order for supplies on Monday afternoon. Monday was used by the Alberta teachers as a workday to get ready for the students arriving on Tuesday. Supplies Alberta teachers identified as critical needs included:


  • Construction paper

  • Copy paper

  • Individual Marker Boards

  • Expo Markers

  • Electric Pencil Sharpeners

  • Children’s Books in good condition (for students Pre-K through 2nd grade)

  • Manipulatives: time, money, counting, etc.

  • Pocket Charts

  • Puzzles

  • Math games, Reading games, File Folder games


All efforts to assist youth are dependent upon the generous contributions by individuals and organizations to the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation. If you are interested in finding a way to sow into children and teens effected by the storm, we encourage you to give to the foundation as we redirect a portion of our efforts to storm victims. It is the heart of the foundation to always immediately convert contributions to serving youth.

Bessemer City high SCHOOL STUDENTS


The NBMMF awards two scholarships at Bessemer City

High School

During their 2011 Honors and Awards Day Porgram, Shun’Trell Rudolph & Anthony Blocker were chosen as recipients of the NickBell Mentoring Memorial Foundation Scholarship. The Bessemer High School Scholarship Committee identified these students asexemplifying positive, confident, caring, and determination. These recipients also recognized for their work ethic and commitmenttowards “Living Their Dream”. Both students will be attending Alabama A & M University in the fall.

The Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation Scholarship (NBMMF) offers students the opportunity to receive a scholarship inNick’s honor. Nick Bell was a 2008 graduate of Jess Lanier High School (now known as Bessemer City High School) and astudent-athlete at Mississippi State University when he passed on November 2, 2010. The NBMMF provides children, teens andyoung adults support via mentoring, scholarship and other programs to help foster success in every area of life.



The Nick Bell Foundation in Partnership with Faith Chapel’s Student Ministry Announce 2011 Scholarship Recipient

Faith Chapel Christian Center Scholarship Review Team named Joshua Gentry a graduate of Fairfield High School as the 2011 recipient of the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation Scholarship during the church’s annual Graduation Celebration ceremonies on June 3rd.

The one time $1500 scholarship was awarded to Joshua as a result of his active involvement in athletics, demonstrated leadership ability and academic achievements. Joshua also wrote a 500 word essay entitled, “I Am More than a Conqueror!” The narrative presentation addressed:
1) an obstacle he had experienced;
2) a description of how his trust in God and
3) the support of his family helped him to overcome the obstacle.

True to the confession made by Minister Alondio Hill, FCCC’s Student Ministry Director, “the recipient of this scholarship will be an amazing young person”, Joshua’s paper was also identified as the winner of FCCC’s Student Resource Ministry’s Essay Contest. Joshua wrote in his essay that in spite of his obstacles, he is also the recipient of a football scholarship to Grambling State University.



The Nick Bell Foundation Supports Maylene, Alabama Students Dream Announce 2011 Scholarship Recipient

The NBMMF awarded Johnny Williams of Maylene, Alabama a $500 scholarship to complete his studies. The scholarship provided Mr. Williams the opportunity to attend Oklahoma Community College this past summer allowing him to pay his tuition and purchase needed materials for the class.

The “spirit: of Nick Bell lives on as the Nick Bell Foundation continues to mentor and propel youth into their destinies. Johnny Williams will live his dream as a result of the support from the foundation.

In December 2011, Mr Williams will be graduating from the Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Mr. Williams position after receiving the scholarship is to please God by leading young males by example and uplifting those around him.



Mrs. Bell,
My name is Joslyn Kimble and I am the recipient of the Nick Bell Memorial Mentoring Foundation Scholarship.  I am so honored to have received this scholarship and was emailing you with more information about myself.

I am a senior Communication/PR major from Madison,MS.  After completing my undergraduate degree here at Mississippi State, I plan to purse a masters degree in Student Affairs.  My passion is working with student and I have taken every opportunity to serve our student body here at MSU.  My journey here has been a full one that I hope has made a difference in the life of at least one of my fellow bulldawgs.  In the future I hope to work with minority and first generation students as they transition in to the university setting.

Some of my campus Honors & Activities include and have included
»      Spirit of State Award 2010
»      Student Conduct Board
»      Honor Code Council
»      Alumni Delegate
»      Big Dawgs: Student Leadership Committee
»      Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Search Committee
»      Holmes Cultural Diversity Center Associate Coordinator Search Committee
»      Black Student Alliance: President 2010-2011
»      IDEAL Woman: President 2009-2010 & Charter Founder
»      Montgomery Leadership Program
»      Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
»      2010 Greek Week Committee
»      Student Association: Committee Assistant Director
»      Resident Adviser
»      Peer Counselor

Thank you so much for everything and I hope to speak with you soon.

Joslyn Kimble (Joy)

maranda thomas


Hey Ms. Bell,

This is Maranda Thomas, a recipient of the Nick Bell Scholarship for this academic school year. I am from Memphis, Tn, the youngest of 4 children, and an aunt and great aunt (2 nieces, 3 nephews, and 1 great niece). I am a very family-oriented person and love my family dearly. I am a Christian and love the Lord with all my heart. Through His strength, I try to live my life for His glory everyday of my life. I praise dance at church, and I love it. I am under watchcare (home church away from home) at Beth-el Missionary Baptist Church. I am a senior for the second time here at State. My major is Secondary Math Education with a minor in African-American Studies. When I graduate, I plan on teaching Math and starting graduate school the following semester. Eventually, I would like to get married and have children. I look forward to having a family of my own someday. As for campus involvement, I am an RA in Hurst Hall. This is my third year being an RA. This job is a lot of hardwork, and a lot of my time goes into this job. I am involved with RHA and different campus ministries. I am also a part of two honor societies here at State. I am looking forward to graduating this year as well.


NIcholas Pennington


Hello Ms. Bell,

It is my honor to display to you my level of appreciation as the NBMMF Scholarship. I really believe God worked through you to bless me with this scholarship. I have been an athlete my entire life. However, as mentioned in my essay, that was brought to a halt my senior year. My senior season was suppose to be “my season” as a lot of athletes with great potential would say. I went to several camps the summer prior to my injury to prepare for the college attention I was expecting. However, when my injury was brought alone, all the preparation was done in vain; so I thought. Through you and your son, I felt a sum of gratitude. All the work didn’t seem worthless to me anymore. Now as an entering freshman of UAB, I plan to play football; if I can be cleared to play contact sports, as a walk-on. While at UAB I will major in biology and minor in business to soon become an Orthopedic Surgeon and own my own practice. Through this award I believe I’ve been bless with much more than $1,000. I feel, through your son, Nick Bell’s dream, my dream now has deeper meaning. I will always remember his dream when and if my dream ever seems like it may fail, or not be what I want. I have been blessed with an amazing thing and promise to do my part of God’s vision to makes sure his vision for my life, becomes a reality.

– With much love and gratitude, Nicholas J. Pennington



This is Dr. Julian Booker Cardiologist , attending at UAB Hospital.. Nick Pennington a Nick Bell MMF schalorship reciepient, shadowed Dr. Booker after expressing his desire to go med school. Nick is now pre med at UAB


Our chief thoracic surgeon at UAB, Dr. Robert Cerfolio. Nick Pennington shadowed him for several surgeries he performed July last year . Nick also got to sit in on a meeting hosted at UAB where he saw physicians come from all across the country to discuss their profession. Nick was one of our scholarship recipients last year.

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