TEC recently awarded $5,000 in tuition scholarship money for two high school students in its service area.


Ashley Sumrall, a senior from West Jones, is the first-place winner of the 2017 D. L. Fail Memorial Scholarship. Her one-year scholarship is worth $3,000. She aspires to attend Jones County Junior College and possibly pursue a career in radiology.

Her hobbies are hair and makeup design, hunting, fishing, shopping and cooking. She is involved with varsity cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Miss. Senior Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, FBLA, TGIF Teen Leaders and her church youth group. Some of her many honors include Drama Award, Accelerated English Award, Howard Good Citizen Award, Laurel Junior Auxiliary Crown Award and AP Biology Award. She attends Journey Church and is the daughter of James Eric Sumrall of Anderson, Ala., and Shannon Watters Ramsey of Laurel.


Logan Parker, a senior from West Jones, is the second-place winner for 2017. His one-year scholarship is worth $2,000. He aspires to attend the University of Mississippi and major in computer science. His hobbies include computer programming, gaming and being with friends. He is in Beta Club, president of the Science Club and is active in Boy Scouts, FBLA and the swim team. His honors consist of Eagle Scout and first-place recipient of the computer competition with FBLA. He attends Crosspointe Community Church and is the son of Scott and Jennifer Parker of Laurel.

“The scholarship’s purpose is to encourage young citizens to pursue higher education, establish life goals and voluntarily serve their community,” said Teresa Odom, manager of TEC. “We are grateful to our customers and are honored to have the opportunity to say thank you through this scholarship.”

TEC is a long-time supporter of higher education in Mississippi and wishes to address the many potential setbacks for area students to afford collegiate fees. TEC opens the scholarship to eligible students each October.

“It is our hope that young people will use this opportunity to enhance their scholastic careers, their communities and themselves,” said TEC President Joseph Fail. “TEC is especially pleased to be able to offer educational support to our local students.

“We established this scholarship to honor and remember my father, D.L. Fail, and his pioneering efforts in the independent telephone industry and in his community.”

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