Circle of Excellence set to announce its second scholarship recipient

The Circle of Excellence “Emerging Scholar” Award Committee prepares to announce its second scholarship recipient at the Jim Hill High School Class Night event.

Stellar students from the Jim Hill 2011 International Baccalaureate (IB) Class created the award to promote high scholastic achievement and encourage leadership and exceptional community service to the school and the community.

Related information: International Baccalaureate Program

To receive the award, students must be graduating seniors from Jim Hill an apart of the IB program. Students must have maintained at least 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, maintained good standing with the school and demonstrated academic achievement, community involvement and school involvement.

Students must also be enrolled in a four-year institution to receive the scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded to students upon evidence of enrollment at a four-year institution of higher learning.

Last year, the committee awarded its first scholarship to Trenton Robinson. After graduating from Jim Hill High School, Robinson chose to attend Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in computer engineering and mathematics.

Currently, Robinson is finishing up his freshman year at MSU. During his first semester, he finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Robinson is actively involved in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (IMAGE) organizations.

Robinson said beyond the scholarship helping him with his college expenses, it has boosted his confidence to continue to work toward his goals in life.

“Receiving this scholarship showed me that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to and work hard at,” Robinson said. “It gave me confidence to apply for other scholarships, in hope that I may receive others as well

At Jim Hill, Robinson graduated in the top 10 of his senior class, finishing No. 4 with a cumulative of 3.51 GPA. He served as the president of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, president of the National Honor Society, the baritone section leader of the Jim Hill Choir and earned the highest average in IB Spanish and IB Math Studies.

Robinson is also one of two IB students who received the IB Diploma in December at the IB Diploma Graduate Program, granting him college-level credits for specific academic courses in a general college curriculum.

Class night for Jim Hill High school will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 6 p.m. in the JHS Auditorium. For more information about the COE Award, email or visit

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