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The Alumni Association annually awards more than $20,000 to select children and grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni. The Pierce Legacy Scholars Program, regional alumni scholarships and out-of-state tuition waivers are just a few ways the Association helps encourage and foster the family tradition of choosing Southern Miss. Additionally, the Alumni Association manages and awards scholarships to incoming freshman through the Elmo Lang Memorial Scholarship and the Mary Loraine Peets Buffett Scholarships.

Applications must be submitted to the Alumni Association office by March 15 for the upcoming fall semester and must include an official high school transcript and a photocopy of an entrance exam score (ACT or SAT). Students selected for scholarships will be notified by mail by April 30. Students will be asked to confirm their acceptance of the award in writing to the Alumni Association office by May 15. 

Incoming freshmen are eligible for the Pierce Legacy Scholars Program. Since 2004, the Association has awarded $1,000 one-time scholarships to incoming freshman each year. In addition, incoming freshman are also eligible for the out-of-state tuition waiver and the Elmo Lang Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Current students who are members of The Legacy, the student chapter the Alumni Association, are eligible for the Powell and Frances Ogletree Endowed Scholarshipthe Past Presidents Council Endowed Scholarship and the Clyde Kennard Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Female Mississippi residents entering as freshmen and who major from within the College of Arts and Letters are eligible for the Mary Loraine Peets Buffett Scholarship. This $5,000 scholarship is renewable up to four years.

In addition, a number of the Association's chapters award scholarships as well.

2013 Pierce Legacy Scholars
James Reid Caldwell, Gulfport, MS
Hayden Roberts Chapman, Hattiesburg, MS
Kelsey BriAnna Hubbard, Flowood, MS
David C. Jordan, Waynesboro, MS
Lauren Brooke McCann, Natchez, MS
Matthew Ryan McMullan, Ridgeland, MS
Nathan Robert Marshall, Spanish Fort, AL
Benjamin Clayton Waddle, Hattiesburg, MS
Susan Elizabeth Walley, Richton, MS

2013 Elmo Lang Memorial Scholarship
Dominique Nicole Brown, New Hebron, MS

2013 Mary Loraine "Peets" Buffett Scholarship
Lauren Elizabeth Scarborough, Petal, MS
Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzy" Rhett, Hattiesburg, MS

2013 Scholarship Video Presentation

2012 Scholarship Video Presentation

Scholarships applications should be sent to:

Southern Miss Alumni Association
Scholarship Committee
118 College Drive #5013
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Phone: 601.266.5013
Fax: 601.266.4214
Email: Alumni@usm.edu

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