First Ever J. Randy Jackson Scholarship Awarded to Zyshonn Morris

October 3, 2019

Zyshonn Morris, a student at Troup High and THINC College and Career Academy (THINC) is the first recipient of the J. Randy Jackson Scholarship. Morris was glad to receive the scholarship because it provides the funding for an International Business (IB) trip to Scandinavia. The nine-day tour is being offered through the IB Pathway at THINC.

Morris was selected through a competitive interview process which focused on the following criteria:
-Financial need identified as a deterrent for attending the trip.
-Student attends the International Business pathway at THINC.
-Student has maintained a leadership role within THINC over time.
-Detailed essay on why they should be considered for the scholarship provided to THINC leadership.
-Expressed interest in going on the trip by having a parent attend the Parent Information Meeting on September 5.

Morris is heavily involved in academics and after-school activities that include being President of Future Business Leaders of America, a THINC student ambassador, and a member of the First Robotics team. He is also currently enrolled in the IB pathway.

The scholarship covers Morris’ flight, hotel, meals and transportation. The group will be visiting Norway, Denmark and Sweden over spring break. The trip, which is led by EF Educational Tours, will be chaperoned by Neubert and THINC Principal Chris Williams.

After Randy Jackson, who was the chief administrative officer at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, passed away in 2016, his family established a scholarship in his name to continue his passionate support of THINC. Randy Jackson’s son, Jamey Jackson, who is the executive vice president of Malone Workforce Solutions, says: “My dad would be so happy that we were able to support such a great young man. He always wanted kids here to think globally and act locally. I’ve personally seen Zyshonn’s work ethic, and we couldn’t have supported a more deserving individual to go see the world and bring his experience back to Troup County. We are deeply appreciative to the past and current donors of the scholarship fund that allow us to continue my dad’s legacy through programs like this.”