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May 23--  Brewton-Parker College Interim Vice President for College Advancement Jessica James (center)acceptsa $15,000 donation from Mount Vernon Bank Chairman-CEO Don M. Thigpen (left) and President Ronnie W. Green to assist the college in its Annual Fund Campaign.

“It is a great increase in this year’s donation to the Annual Fund,” said James. “We feel so blessed to have our community support us each and every year. The people of Mount Vernon Bank are so very generous to Brewton-Parker College! Don and Alan Thigpen went above and beyond with their donation this year to the Annual Fund and we are so very thankful.”

In addition to giving to the college’s Annual Fund, Mount Vernon Bank sponsors a $1,000 writing scholarship to a deserving Brewton-Parker student each year. The winning student must successfully write a community-topic essay. This year’s winner was junior Marla Hollis, who is also the reigning Miss BPC. Hollis’ winning essay was written in response to the topic, “The Economic Interdependency of Brewton-Parker College to the Local Community.”


Melissa Moore (right) of Mount Vernon Bank presents the Mount Vernon Bank Writing Fellowship Award to Marla Hollis (center) as Dr. T. Ronald Melton (left), BPC Provost, looks on. (Photo by Raymond Minks)

 The BPC Annual Fund supports the operational costs of the four-year Christian college, including facilities, salaries and technology upgrades. James explains of every dollar needed to educate a BPC student, 56 cents comes from tuition and the other 44 cents must come through fundraising efforts like the Annual Fund.

 James may be reached at 912-583-3256 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 The Annual Fund campaign ends June 30.