Explosion of Excellence Scholarship Program

The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street & Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County.


These scholarships are made possible by generous contributors in the name of companies or organizations as well as in honor or memory of someone. The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship each year. The scholarships are 100 percent tax deductible. These scholarships are donated to encourage these students to consider employment and community involvement in Jackson County when their education is finished.

Donate a Scholarship Today!

Scholarship Donation Form

Honoring the Top Ten Percent of Local High School Students

Help us honor the top ten percent of all high school students in Jackson County, Mississippi! The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence and mailing it to: Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS  39568-0480

2016 Scholarship Contributors: 

Allred Architectural Group
Anola Club of Pascagoula
Ashbaker, Tom & Mary – In Honor of The Descher Family
Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina
Baber’s, Inc. – In Memory of Barry Baber
Bacot/McCarty Foundation
Barnes, Geraldine – In Memory of Ephraim & Shirley H. Barnes
Barnes, Geraldine – In Memory of Glennis “Nick” Barnes & Maxine Barnes McLaughlin
Barr, Robert C. & Vivian K. – In Memory of Newton & Amelia Kershaw
Bienville Animal Medical Center
Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists, LLC
Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service – In Memory of John R. Blossman
Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan, PLLC
Celarec, Barbara – In Memory of Gretchen Duescher
Celarec, Barbara – In Memory of Michael Celarec
Chevron Products Company
City of Pascagoula
Colmer Middle School
Community Bank
Compton and Son Appliance
Compton Engineering, Inc.
Concannon, Mike & Bettie – In Memory of Coach Melinda Mitchell
Dent, Hayden and Sandy
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Christmas
Dr. Bill Descher
Dr. and Mrs. Paul H. Moore
Dr. Charles and Amy Wilson
East Central High School
Estabrook Ford Lincoln Nissan
Estabrook Toyota Scion
Explosion of Excellence Fundraisers
First Chemical Corporation
First Federal Savings & Loan of Pascagoula – Moss Point
Fontaine, JoAnne – In Memory of Doug L. Fontaine, II
Foster’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.
Fred’s Pharmacy & Super Dollar
Friends of Explosion of Excellence – In Memory of Dell Edge Wheeler, Janet &
Fippinger Ramstad, Sara Selence Malone & Charlotte Seymour
Goodgames’, Incorporated
Hacienda San Miguel Mexican Restaurant
Hancock Bank
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors – In Memory of Jim Norris
Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer & Burrow, P.A.
Heritage Funeral Home, Inc.
Home Town Lumber & Supply, Inc.
Ingalls Shipbuilding
IP Casino Resort & Spa
Jackson County Board of Supervisors
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Kyle Todd
Jerry Lee’s Grocery
Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula – Moss Point
Keesler Federal Credit Union
L.L. Bond & Company, Inc.
Lee Tracy Ocean Springs – In Memory of Kyle Todd
Lisa Cannon, Edward Jones

Mangum, Mike & Joy
Mayor Connie Moran of Ocean Springs
Mayor Jim & Michele Blevins, City of Pascagoula
McCormick, David and Susan
McDonald’s Descher Organization
Merchants and Marine Bank
Mississippi Export Railroad Company
Mississippi Eye Associates
Mississippi Power Company
Mississippi Power Company Foundation
Moss Point Rotary Club
Navigator Credit Union
Northrop Grumman
Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street-Tourism Bureau
Ocean Springs School District
Omega Protein
Oswald, Robert and Betty
Pascagoula Bar Pilots Association
Pascagoula Rotary Club
Pascagoula-Gautier School District
Pecan Park Elementary PTO
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Ken Baker
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Melinda Mitchell
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Robert McIlrath
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Steve Cruthirds
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Terry Monk
PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament/Glenn Reeves State Farm Insurance
Pugh Associates, LLC – In Memory of Gayla Stroble
Pugh, Jason & Deanna – In Honor of the Employees of MGCCC
Pugh, Thomas – In Memory of Gayla Stroble
Regional Digestive Specialists, PC
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Bernice Wells
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Emma Wells
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Len Rushing
Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Patricia Bullock
REX Distributing Co.
Rotary Club of Gautier
Scranton’s Restaurant & Catering – In Memory of Ben Pickett, Laverne Rasco, Merle Ivy, & Ed Akridge
Senator Michael Watson – In Honor of Carol Watson and Lauren, Gracie Pierce & Annie Watson
Sessoms III, A. Kelly & Beth
Singing River Electric Power Association
Singing River Federal Credit Union
Southeast Mississippi Home Builders Association, Inc.
St. Martin High School
St. Pé, Jerry & Joann
Sunplex Bridge Group of St. Andrews
Team Waste of Mississippi, LLC
The First – A National Banking Association
The Mississippi Press
The Peoples Bank
Thompson Engineering
VT Halter Marine, Inc.
Walmart – Ocean Springs
Weems, Ronnie & Jeanell—In Honor of Pat Descher and Ms. Millie Olsen’s Birthdays
Wells Fargo
Xi Alpha Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi
Young Men’s Business Club of Moss Point
Zonta Club of Pascagoula Area