Sonia Robbins Young Endowment established at Northwest

The Sonia Robbins Young Endowed Scholarship was recently established at Northwest Mississippi Community College by her husband, Les Young, and by Community Discount Pharmacy in recognition of her excellent career in pharmacy and of her dedication to her family.

Young and her husband have three children, Tice Young married to Holly, Dr. Jenny Young Shutt married to Spence, and Marc Young. They have five grandchildren, Ticer ,Elizabeth and Thomas Young and Handley and Whitten Shutt.

Even before becoming a student at Northwest in 1977, Young grew up on the Senatobia campus as the daughter of the legendary basketball coach, Coach Kenneth (Cat) Robbins.

After becoming a student, she excelled in all of her endeavors. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and she was named to Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges and the Hall of Fame. She was also a member of the Science Club and SNEA.

Her fellow students elected her as president of her freshman and sophomore classes, as Class Favorite, as a Beauty, and as a member of the Homecoming Court. She served as captain of the Ranger Cheer Squad during her freshman and sophomore   years.

Following two years as a Pre-Pharmacy major, Sonia transferred to the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, where she graduated in 1981.

Young has been practicing pharmacy for 36 years and owned Community Discount Pharmacy for 15 of those years. Young and her family are active members of Senatobia United Methodist Church. She and her brothers, Dr. Kenny Robbins and Dr. Mark Robbins, established a scholarship honoring Coach Robbins in 2001.

“As I have received information for several years about the recipients of my dad’s scholarship, I understand just how a scholarship helps students. I am so grateful to Les for giving me such a beautiful honor. It will be a great blessing to know that future pharmacists who begin their higher education journey will be provided scholarship assistance through this scholarship,” Young said.

Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects at Northwest believes that this endowment is well-deserved. “Sonia has demonstrated her love for Northwest already through her dad’s scholarship, and she has brought honor to her profession and exhibited immense love and dedication to her family. We are very pleased that The Sonia Robbins Young Endowment will be helping students for generations to come,” Canon said.

For more information on the Northwest Foundation, email Canon at srcanon@northwestms.eduor call 662-560-1112.


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