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.  It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

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.

2017 Explosion of Excellence Scholarship Recipients of Randomly Drawn $1,000+ Scholarships

Honoring the Top Ten Percent of Local High School Students

Donate a Scholarship Today!

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

2019 Scholarship Contributors: 

AARP Chapter 1213 (Jackson County Chapter #1213)

Allred Stolarski Architects


Ashbaker, Mary – In Honor of Descher Families

Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina

Bacot-McCarty Foundation

Barnes, Geraldine – In Memory of Glennis “Nick” Barnes & Maxine Barnes McLaughlin & Shirley H. Barnes & Ephraim Barnes

Barr, Robert and Vivian – In Memory of Wallace W. Barr

Beau Rivage – MGM Resorts International

Bienville Animal Medical Center

Blevins, Jim & Michele

BPD Enterprises, Inc. McDonald’s #11669

Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan, PLLC

Celarec, Barbara – In Honor of Michael Celarec and In Memory of Gretchen Duescher


Community Bank

Compton Engineering, Inc.

Concannon, Mike and Bettie – In Memory of Melinda Mitchell

Cumbest Plumbing, LLC

Dent, Hayden and Sandy

Dr. Bill Descher

Duchess Club of Ocean Springs

Duchess De Chaumont Chapter No. 3-019 MS

East Central High School

Edward Jones – Lisa Cannon

Empress Audio, Inc. – In Memory of Viola Seal

Estabrook Ford Lincoln Nissan

Estabrook Toyota

Explosion of Excellence Scholarship Raffle

First Federal Savings & Loan

Fontaine, Jo Anne – In Memory of Doug Fontaine, II

Fortnightly Club

Foster Brimm Consulting

Foster’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.

Gautier High School

Gautier Rotary Club

Hacienda San Miguel: House of Tequila

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Hard Rock Casino

Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A.

Home Builders Association of the Mississippi Coast

Home Town Lumber & Supply, Inc.

Ingalls Shipbuilding

Jackson County Board of Supervisors

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce – In Memory of Kyle Todd

Jackson County Utility Authority

Jana Walmsley Memorial Scholarship – In Memory of Jana Walmsley

Jerry Lee’s Grocery No. 1

Junior Auxiliary of Pascagoula-Moss Point

Keesler Federal Credit Union

L.L. Bond & Company, Inc.

Lee Tracy – In Memory of Kyle Todd

Lokring Gulf Coast, LLC

Mangum, Mike and Joy

McDonald’s #7416

McDonald’s Descher Organization

Merchants & Marine Bank

Mississippi Export Railroad

Mississippi Eye Associates
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Foundation

Mississippi Power Community Connections

Mississippi Power

Moss Point Rotary Club – In Honor of Harry McDonald and In Memory of John Welch

Navigator Credit Union Bobbie Lochridge Scholarship

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau

Pascagoula Bar Pilots’ Association

Pascagoula-Gautier School District Educators

PJ/Ken Baker Open Charity Golf Tournament – In Memory of Ken Baker

Propeller Club of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Inc.

Pugh Associates, LLC – In Memory of Gayla Stroble

Regional Digestive Specialists, P.C.

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Mary Ellen Beldon

Retired Education Personnel of Jackson County – In Memory of Sonya Edmonds

Rotary Club of Pascagoula

Scranton’s Catering

Singing River Electric Cooperative

Singing River Federal Credit Union

St. Andrews Bridge Club

St. Martin High School

Storey, Georgia and David

St. Paul United Methodist Church

St. Pé, Jerry and Joann

Susan Stachowski – In Memory of Kevin Stachowski, Sr.

Tasha Terral – In Honor of Nina Terral

The Blossman Companies, Inc.

The First – A National Banking Association

The Peoples Bank

United Way for Jackson & George Counties

Walmart Store #1066 Pascagoula

Waste Pro

Wells Fargo Foundation

Wilson, Dr. Charles & Amy

Young Men’s Business Club of Moss Point

Zonta Club of Pascagoula