Jessica Heacock, of Cape May Court House, recently transferred from Atlantic Cape Community College to East Tennessee State University where she received a Midway Honors Scholarship that recognizes outstanding undergraduate performance of transfer students. Midway scholars take honors courses, complete an honors thesis and pursue research projects that may be presented at local and national conferences.
Before transferring this fall, Jessica had earned 58 credits as a General Studies major at Atlantic Cape and had completed all her courses at the Cape May County Campus or online. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design with a minor in Business Management at ETSU. Her dream is to open her own business as a residential interior designer; and she confides, “I always wanted to open my own business.”
But, in fact, this young entrepreneur has already started her own business, inspired by a public speaking class she took at Atlantic Cape last year. Students were assigned to explain a process they were familiar with, so Jessica explained how to make soaps and facial scrubs. She received such a positive response from her classmates that she developed a small business making natural soaps and scrubs using essential oils, fragrance and sugar.
Jessica believes her community college education provided a good foundation for the university courses she is currently taking. “Atlantic Cape was a good start for me,” she recently said, noting that her Introduction to Business class taught her the basics and that her psychology course gave her a familiarity with terminology she is using in a current course.
The Midway Honors Scholarship provides tuition for four semesters, a $500 allowance for each semester and the opportunity to apply for a $2,500 award to use for study abroad, a Washington internship, summer research, summer courses or a fifth semester of study.
Jessica was aware of the Midway Honors Scholars program because her sister, Holly, is currently a second-year senior in the program who is studying history and secondary education as a minor. And before Holly arrived on campus as an Atlantic Cape transfer student in 2014, their father, Henry Heacock, also of Cape May Court House, attended ETSU. Over the years, the Heacock family has also vacationed in the area surrounding the Johnson City campus, particularly in Gatlinburg which sits at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains.