Dixon Family Scholarship awardees named

August 28, 2017

Congratulations to Destinee Jones and Shamiah Roney, two recent high school graduates who have been named as the 2017/2018 Dixon Family Scholarship recipients. Heather Mitchell, Tallahassee Community College vice president and TCC Foundation executive director, made the announcement during the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend annual banquet held last month.

Destinee, a recent graduate of Lincoln High School, is a 12-year member of the Miccosukee Club. She was also the 2015 BGCBB Youth of the Year. Destinee’s goal is to get a degree in business and eventually open her own day care facility for children. Her love for children is very obvious as she has been a great role model and peer mentor for years at the Miccosukee Club. Destinee understands the importance of making positive life choices, working hard to accomplish her goals and avoiding negative situations.

Shamiah recently graduated from East Gadsden High School and has been involved with the Quincy Club for about 2 years. Shamiah’s career goal is to become a dental hygienist. While enrolled at East Gadsden, she served as the senior class vice president and was involved in Student Government Association, Future Business Leaders of America, the Upward Bound program and other various school and community programs. Shamiah also serves as an usher at her church, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.

TCC Foundation Board member Kim Dixon and her husband, Sammie, established the Dixon Family Scholarship in memory of Dr. Sammie and Latrelle Dixon, Sr. in 2016. This annual scholarship is earmarked for a student who is the first to enter college in their family and a member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend. Last fall, three students meeting this criteria were awarded with full tuition for both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters at the College. Funds were also provided to help defray the cost of books.

“The Dixon Family Scholarship is meant to illustrate our deep commitment to TCC and the Boys & Girls Club,” said Kim Dixon, senior financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. “Through this partnership, we hope children will feel empowered to pursue their dreams of a higher education and will be rewarded for their hard work. With TCC’s help, a bright future is well within the reach of every child who enters Club doors.”

Kim and Sammie, who is the CEO of Prime Meridian Bank, have made a generous donation which will provide full tuition to TCC to two members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend each year to help diminish financial barriers, providing access and opportunities for students to attend college. The Dixons are longtime supporters of both the College and the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Bend.