The 2018-19 Annual Report, published by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, tells stories of outstanding achievements made by our faculty, students, staff, donors, and alumni over the course of the academic year.
HARD WORK PAYS OFF EAGLE SCHOLARS PROGRAM This year, David Jones, Jeremiah Willis, Elizabeth Rivera-Vega and Hayes Thompson joined the Eagle Scholars Program. “I HAVE ALWAYS WORKED HARD, AND THANKS TO SOUTHERN MISS AND THE FOUNDATION, I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK SMART. I REMAIN GRATEFUL FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY AFFORDED TO ME. THE EAGLE SCHOLARS PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE THE SAFETY, FREEDOM AND PROTECTION I NEED TO REACH GRADUATION BY PROVIDING FUNDS FOR MY EDUCATION NOW AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR MY CAREER AHEAD.” C. David Jones, Accounting | Biloxi, Miss. “AS A THIRD-GENERATION GRADUATE OF SOUTHERN MISS, THE EAGLE SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP HAS ALLOWED ME TO GROW AND DEVELOP AS A STUDENT, BUSINESS PERSON AND INDIVIDUAL. THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN A TRUE BLESSING TO MY FAMILY AND ME, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE KNOWLEDGE SHARED WILL LAST A LIFETIME.” S. Hayes Thompson, General Business | Summit, Miss. “BEING CHOSEN AS AN EAGLE SCHOLAR HAS OPENED MANY DOORS AND CONTINUES TO OPEN DOORS TO OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME. IT HAS HELPED ME GROW PROFESSIONALLY, AND IT HAS CHALLENGED ME ACADEMICALLY. I AM TRULY GRATEFUL AND PROUD TO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AS AN EAGLE SCHOLAR.” Elizabeth Rivera-Vega, Finance | Biloxi, Miss. “TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE BELIEVE IN ME ENOUGH TO PROVIDE ME WITH THE EAGLE SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP HAS ENCOURAGED ME EVEN MORE TO MAKE MY DREAM OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT A REALITY.” Jeremiah Willis, Marketing | Jackson, Miss. Interested in being a part of this program? We have an endowment fund where you can make your gift, of any amount, to support the Eagle Scholars. If you are interested in leaving a lasting legacy, consider changing lives by establishing an Eagle Scholars Program Scholarship. For more information about contributing, contact J.T. Tisdale at 601.266.6824. 32 | C O L L E G E O F B U S I N E S S A N D E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T
HARD WORK PAYS OFF RHYNE E. NEUBERT SCHOLARSHIP Aubrey Sanders (MPA, Hattiesburg, Miss.) and Jenna VanDan (Accounting, Summit, Miss.) were awarded the Rhyne E. Neubert Scholarship by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Foundation. The $2,500 scholarship was established in 2016 to honor Neubert, who had served as a trustee of the MSCPA Education Foundation since its inception. “I WAS AT A LOSS FOR THE ADEQUATE WORDS TO THANK THE SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY AT USM, NOT ONLY FOR THE NOMINATION, BUT ALSO FOR ITS INVESTMENT IN ME. MOREOVER, I WAS AND STILL AM INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR THE MSPCA, MR. NEUBERT AND THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THIS HONOR.” – AUBREY SANDERS VanDan echoed those sentiments. “I was ecstatic and honestly in disbelief that I was being awarded this scholarship,” she said. “Receiving this scholarship reaffirmed that hard work and determination will be recognized and rewarded.” MISSISSIPPI YOUNG BANKERS LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP Brandon Cade (Finance, Brookhaven, Miss.) was awarded the <strong>2018</strong> Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship. Only one student in the state is chosen to receive the scholarship. Cade is the sixth USM student to win the $2,000 scholarship in the last eight years. "I AM EXTREMELY HONORED TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD FROM THE MISSISSIPPI BANKING ASSOCIATION AND THE MISSISSIPPI YOUNG BANKERS. THIS AWARD IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE IT WILL HELP TO CONTINUE MY EDUCATION AT SOUTHERN MISS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK DR. (MARVIN) BOUILLON FOR SEEING ENOUGH POTENTIAL IN ME TO NOMINATE ME FOR THE AWARD.” – BRANDON CADE In addition, John Trey Haire was recognized as an MYB Scholar at the Mississippi Young Bankers Scholar Study Conference and Convention. As a finalist for the 20<strong>19</strong> Mississippi Young Bankers Swayze Scholarship, he was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. PUBLIC COMPANY ACCOUNTING OVERSIGHT BOARD SCHOLARSHIP Kameshia Mays (MPA, Greenville, Miss.) was awarded the $10,000 merit-based scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) for <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong>. A single student is chosen from 332 colleges and universities nationwide. Mays is the first USM student to earn the honor in six years. “I WAS ELATED WHEN I LEARNED THAT I HAD WON THE SCHOLARSHIP. USM HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT PART OF MY SUCCESS. THE UNIVERSITY ALWAYS GOES BEYOND TO ENSURE THAT EACH STUDENT HAS WHAT IS NEEDED TO SUCCEED, AND FOR ME THAT INCLUDES MAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN AN EDUCATION AFFORDABLE.” – KAMESHIA MAYS A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 | 33