June 2021
Jackson Free Clinic Takes COVID Vaccinations on the Road
CFM partners with clinic run by UMMC students
Staffed by University of Mississippi Medical Center students, the Jackson Free Clinic (JFC) has provided free medical, dental, psychiatric, pharmacy, and therapy services to the uninsured of Mississippi since 1998.

As COVID vaccines became available, the JFC team addressed the barriers some groups faced to access them. In Mississippi, the Latino community has some of the lowest rates of vaccination due to mistrust, fear of retribution or detection if undocumented, and language barriers. 

To directly combat the disparity in vaccination rates experienced by Hispanics, the Jackson Free Clinic partnered with the Community Foundation for Mississippi to bring COVID-19 vaccines to Hispanic communities in need. To date, the JFC has administered 581 vaccines to Latinos in Mississippi. Since the start of this initiative, the percentage of Hispanics vaccinated in Mississippi has increased from 22% (May 3, 2021) to 28% (June 14, 2021).
CFM is committed to supporting the COVID vaccination effort in Mississippi.
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Fund Spotlight: Mae Meriwether Zifcak Girl Scout Scholarship

The Mae Meriwether Zifcak Scholarship Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 2001 by the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi Council to honor long-time Council director Mae Meriwether Zifcak. Winners are selected based on Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award status, academic merit, leadership potential, community involvement, and motivation.

Congratulations to the 2021 scholarship winners!
Kate Gallardo
Vanderbilt University
Kate Marie Gallardo is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While in school, she stayed active playing volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis. She has won numerous awards playing sports and was selected as the Wendy’s Heisman school representative. Kate is also a member of the National Honor Society, the 30+ ACT Club, the Environmental Club, the Campus Ministry Retreat Team, Treasurer of the Senior Beta Club, and President of Mu Alpha Theta. She has been involved with Student Council as a Class Representative and Treasurer and was selected as the Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) school representative. As an eighth grader, Kate attended Ole Miss in the highly selective Trent Lott Leadership Institute. As a lifetime Girl Scout, she has earned the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, and was selected to represent Mississippi as a National Delegate of the organization in 2017. Kate is involved in various community service organizations including the Mayor’s Youth Council, Forrest General Spirit Girls, Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary Crown Club (where she is secretary), and she has completed over 400 hours of service through Americorps. She enjoys being a counselor at Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp every summer and loves to babysit. Kate Marie will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall where she plans to major in biological sciences or mathematics. She hopes to one day become a doctor by following the premed path.

MacKenzie Coburn
University of Mississippi
Mackenzie Claire Coburn recently graduated from Jackson Academy, which she attended from the three year old class through the twelfth grade. A Girl Scout since the third grade, she was successful in completing her Girl Scout project and honored to receive the Gold Star Award. She has been involved in cheer and in various clubs and activities throughout high school. Her senior year she was honored to be presented on the Homecoming Court and Senior Beauty and Beau. She received the class favorite award, annual staff award, and was accepted into the National Honors Society, as well as the English National Honors Society. She plans on attending the University of Mississippi and major in business.

Anna Scafidi
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Anna Scafidi is a recent graduate from Pass Christian High School. She has been a part of her Girl Scout troop, Troop 7108, since the seventh grade. During her freshman year of high school, Anna began planning her Gold Award Project that would later result in a wheelchair-accessible garden at a local nursing home. In high school, Anna was a part of several clubs and extracurricular activities such as Green Club, French Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. After playing in her school’s band for five years, Anna served as the Flute Section Leader in her junior year and again during her senior year. In her free time, she enjoys reading,drawing, painting, sewing, and all things creative. Her love for art has inspired Anna to open an Etsy shop, where she spends her time sewing, designing, and marketing handmade finger puppets and stickers. Anna was accepted to The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and will be studying Engineering Design. She hopes to one day work for a company that practices human centered design and environmental sustainability

Lily Collins
University of Southern Mississippi
Lillian Collins is a recent honors graduate of Lamar School in Meridian, Mississippi. Working towards her dream of becoming an attorney, she will begin her undergraduate education at The University of Southern Mississippi this fall as both a Luckyday and Honors College Scholar. During her high school tenure, Lillian was active in her school and community. A member of Lamar's state championship cheerleading squad, athletically she is most proud of her involvement with the school's Women's Golf team, a venture that she worked to establish in her 9th-grade year. She received the Raider Award for both Cheerleading and Women's Golf her senior year. As Captain of the Mock Trial Team, she received multiple awards for Most Effective Witness and Most Effective Attorney at the regional and state levels and won the Overall Most Effective Witness for Mississippi in 2021. A Gold Medal Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient and Gold Award Girl Scout, Lily established a printer cartridge recycling program in her community, using proceeds to support leadership training for girls in underserved area schools. Other honors and awards include National Honors Society, National Beta Club, National Spanish Honors Society, Girls' State Delegate, HOBY Delegate, and VFW Voice of Democracy Winner for Lauderdale County. In addition, she has been an active member of Lamar Student Council, Managing Editor of Postscript, Jane Austen Book Club, Lamar yearbook staff, and the Dusty Social Service Club. During high school, she served as a charter member and officer for the National Green School Society, Junior State of America, and Junior Auxiliary Crown Club. When she is not participating in school or community-related events, she enjoys spending her time on the golf course and with her friends. 
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