Fish Fry Raises Funds For Scholarships

Volunteers spent Friday frying up batch after batch of catfish. Nearby, other helpers dished up plates of potato salad, baked beans and dessert.

Student Brady Castleberry feasted with dozens of other people.

"The food is wonderful," Castleberry said. "There's good catfish, good beans, lemonade, you get everything."

But the Fish Fry is more than just a way to feed a hungry crowd. Jim Patton is the President of the Harrison County Chapter of the Alumni Association.

"We're trying to raise some funds to help some of the college students be able to complete their hours and be able to get their degree," Patton said.

Students, faculty and folks from the community pitched in $6 for a plate of food. The Harrison County Chapter of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Alumni Association hopes the event will raise at least $5,000 for scholarships, based on financial need.

"We need more scholarships for our students, especially now, when a lot of them are unable to go to school," Gulfport resident Dot Miller said.

"College is just getting so much more expensive," Castleberry said. "We just learned the other day in our classes that they're going to have to jump the tuition rate by $100 per class, so it's definitely going to help people who are in a financial burden and need help."

Everyone agrees the fundraiser is a great way to help students, plus get a satisfying meal at the same time. Alumni members say during the lunch hour alone, they exceeded their goal of $5,000.