LeeAnn Slipher, Attorney at Law, recently established the Antonia “Toni” Grace Marino scholarship through the Southwest Mississippi Community College Foundation. Toni demonstrated courage and bravery that there are no words to describe. And she did it all with such grace and beauty that left those around her in awe. In her twelve years, Toni was diagnosed with AML four separate times. Each time the cancer returned, she defeated it and in the end of her worldly life, she was still living cancer free. In celebration of the wonderful example that she is and the lessons of perseverance and determination that she taught others, this scholarship is presented in her honor. Toni’s favorite pastime was art, so it is only fitting that she be carried on through art. Antonia “Toni” Grace Marino is the daughter of Kevin and Lacy Marino and sister to her brother, Kam Marino.
Scholarship applicants are required to write a 750 word or more essay explaining how art is their passion, how they will use art in their hope to inspire and why they will earn and should be awarded this scholarship.
Pictured Includes: SMCC Foundation President Bill Garner; LeeAnn Slipher, Attorney at Law; SMCC Foundation Director Mrs. Rhonda Gibson and SMCC President Dr. Steve Bishop.