November 22, 2017
Bennie Sellers, a senior in the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University, has been named a John Duff Scholar at Mississippi State University.
The annual award, made possible by Laurel businessman John Duff’s 1993 endowment, is granted to a civil engineering student who has demonstrated excellence and leadership skills within the field of study.
Duff, a 1958 MSU civil engineering graduate, was a senior vice president of Bush Construction Co. in Laurel and formerly owned Pine Belt Ready Mix Cement Inc. in the Jones County seat, before fully retiring.
As the scholarship recipient, Sellers will receive an award of $1,500 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
“Receiving this scholarship helps me and my family greatly, since I have a younger sister who is a sophomore at MSU and another sister who will be here in two years,” said Sellers. “I am very grateful for this incredible opportunity that ensures I can continue my education here at Mississippi State and achieve my degree in Civil Engineering.”
Upon his anticipated graduation in May of 2018, Sellers will be a third-generation alumnus of Mississippi State’s civil engineering program, following the path of both his father and grandfather. During his time at MSU, the Gulfport native has served as president of Sigma Chi Fraternity and as a member the American Society of Civil Engineers.
By: Amanda Meeler