Mississippi College Launches New Scholarships
July 6, 2009Mississippi College's newest scholarships will be a lasting tribute to Ramona Karow, a retired educator and MC graduate. The Georgia resident always cherished her days on the Clinton campus, fondly calling it "a joyful place to be."
Two scholarship funds, one for nursing and the other for social work, are named in honor of Mrs. Karow, who retired from teaching near Augusta, Georgia in 1999.
A 1967 Mississippi College graduate, Karow spent her final 17 years teaching in the field of family consumer science and home management. Her last position in the profession was at Spirit Creek Middle School in Richmond County in the Augusta area.
Karow's first teaching experience was with sixth graders at Pearl Elementary School in Pearl, Mississippi. She graduated MC with a bachelor's degree in science in education home economics.
On the Clinton campus, Karow was an active member of the Baptist Student Union and the Home Economics Club where she served as vice president. She's served as a member of the teachers\' sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma.
Thanks to the recent donations to Mississippi College, the Ramona M. Karow Nursing Scholarship Fund will be created to assist a nursing student and be based on financial need, not academic performance alone. The same conditions will apply to the Ramona M. Karow Social Work Scholarship Fund. The scholarships will be awarded by MC's Office of Financial Aid in consultation with the appropriate academic departments.
The Augusta, Ga. resident is presently the owner of Xytex Cryo International, LTD, a company that she and her late husband Armand started in 1975. "Xytex is greatly privileged to be in a position to make these donations in honor of Mrs. Ramona," said company president Kevin O'Brien.
Karow has many fond memories of Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College. "MC was a wonderful experience that had a lot to do with the Christian atmosphere," Mrs. Karow said. Chapel at MC was one of her favorite activities. Her MC undergraduate days, she said, was simply delightful. The Georgia resident said she was "never more happy in her whole life" until she raised children.
Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the nation's second oldest Baptist college. It is the largest private university in Mississippi and today enrolls nearly 5,000 students.