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Released August 21, 2003


LONG BEACH - Students who attend The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will have two new scholarship options thanks to the generosity of two coast entities - Whitney National Bank of Mississippi and the Long Beach High School alumni. Each has established an annual scholarship for students who meet specific criteria.

Whitney National Bank of Mississippi recently committed $20,000 for an educational scholarship program at Southern Miss Gulf Coast to fund an annual scholarship of $2,000 for an incoming freshman from Harrison, Hancock or Jackson counties. To qualify for the fall portion of the award, the recipient must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. To receive the second half of the scholarship for the spring semester, the student must maintain a 2.75 GPA or better.

"Whitney National Bank understands the importance of higher learning, and strives to provide this opportunity to deserving students in the communities we serve," said John Walton, Mississippi state president of Whitney National Bank of Mississippi.

The student's major or discipline of study is up to the recipient. The award will be determined by financial need.

Another scholarship, the Thomas L. "Joe" Reeves Education Annual Scholarship at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, was established in April by alumni of Long Beach High School. Long Beach High School alums are invited to participate by contributing to the fund.

This $1,000 annual scholarship stipulates that the recipient be an education major entering the junior year of study at Southern Miss Gulf Coast and be a graduate of Long Beach High School.

"These two new gifts are greatly appreciated by Southern Miss Gulf Coast and by the students who will benefit from them," said Dr. Jay Grimes, Gulf Coast provost. "Lives and academic careers are touched in many ways as a result of scholarships such as these."

Scholarship application and information may be obtained from the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Financial Aid office in the Administration Building, Room 101, at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. For information on establishing a scholarship, contact The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Development at (601) 266-5602.


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