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USM College of Business names EAGLE Scholarships

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business recently announced that students Josh Spivey and Marshall Acklin have been chosen to join the EAGLE Scholar Program for the 2017-18 year.

As EAGLE Scholars, they will receive coaching and professional development from CEO’s, community leaders and other industry leaders. They also have been awarded a scholarship to assist with tuition, assistance for books and the opportunity to study abroad.

Spivey, a junior from Lake Miss., is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and banking/finance degree. An Honors College student, he serves on the Philanthropy Commission of the Student Government Association, is treasurer of Phi Beta Lambda, and is a member of the Sport Management Club and the College of Business Leadership Program.

“I have set out to be the best student that I can possibly be and being an EAGLE Scholar will push me more in the direction of achieving that goal,” said Spivey.

Acklin, junior from McHenry, Miss., native, is majoring in accounting at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. He serves on the USM-Gulf Park Student Government Association, the Equality Committee, and is a member of the Accounting Society. He also works as a tax intern at Piltz, Williams and LaRosa in Biloxi, Miss.

Acklin is most grateful for the professional growth EAGLE Scholars provides, noting: “The people who have made this possible put a lot of their time into making sure the recipients are given an edge that will set them apart in the competitive business environments.”

The Eagle Scholar Program is the premier program in the College of Business. Envisioned by Dr. Hyler Bracey, former Southern Miss professor and current organizational leadership consultant, the program was created to provide more than just funds.

Exposing students to how leaders in the corporate world think, talk, plan and interact would give Southern Miss students a competitive advantage on an international level. The program began with one student in 2011 and now awards four. Students are chosen based on their academic record, integrity and commitment to finish a degree.


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