The Luckyday Foundation will renew funding for the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program at The University of Southern Mississippi with a commitment of $7.4 million. The Luckyday Foundation Board of Managers made the announcement during a visit to the Hattiesburg campus on Monday.
“The Luckyday Citizenship Scholars program is a nationally recognized model for student retention, development and success,” said Dr. Joe Paul, Southern Miss vice president for Student Affairs. “The generosity of the Luckyday Foundation in extending this important gift for four more years is critically important to Southern Miss. We are most appreciative.”
The Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program began with an initial gift from the Luckyday Foundation in 2001 and welcomed the inaugural class of Luckyday Scholars in Fall 2002, said Dr. Larry Sparkman, director of the Southern Miss program. In 2010, 100 entering freshmen will be awarded $4,000-per-year scholarships, which are renewable up to four years. Since 2001, the Luckyday Foundation has made almost $17 million in gifts and commitments to Southern Miss.
“The nature of the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program is quite dynamic as student engagement and involvement are central to the ongoing development of program initiatives in which students help to plan and implement every facet of student development and assistance provided,” said Sparkman. “Today, the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program is a four-year student engagement and development program where students are challenged to grow as servant leaders while serving the community needs around them.”
To date, the Luckyday Foundation has assisted more than 900 students to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and more than 120 of those students to study abroad in the program of their choice. Graduates of the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program have gone on to a diverse range of opportunities, said Sparkman.
“We have several students from our first class of Luckyday Scholars who are completing their final years of medical school and dental school. About 30 percent of our graduates have gone to graduate schools around the world.”
Founded by the late Frank R. Day, the Luckyday Foundation funds scholarships for Mississippi high school seniors who are exemplary students with outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to their community. It was Day’s request that the Luckyday Foundation fund a program at Southern Miss to assist Mississippi’s sons and daughters in completing a college education, said Sparkman.
“The Luckyday Foundation applauds The University of Southern Mississippi for the continued success of the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program,” said Holmes Adams, Chairman of the Luckyday Foundation Board of Managers. “By renewing our commitment to this outstanding program, we are continuing to support Frank Day’s vision to educate young people in Mississippi.”
Luckyday Scholars receive support and encouragement through a Luckyday Citizenship seminar, designated housing assignments, community service learning requirements and other opportunities. For more information about the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program at Southern Miss, visit www.usm.edu/luckyday/program.
The late Frank Day is the namesake of the Luckyday Foundation which funds scholarships for Mississippi high school seniors who are exemplary students with outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to their community.
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