some of The University of Southern Mississippi’s most valued
traditions date back nearly 100 years to the institution’s
earliest days, traditions need not be centuries, or even decades
old for that matter, to be held dear.
Such is the case with the Legacy Scholars program,
which awards scholarships to the children and grandchildren of Southern
Miss graduates who are active members of the Alumni Association.
In only its second year of awarding scholarships,
the Legacy Scholars program is one of the most important operations
of the Alumni Association.
“Alumni have so many fond and valuable
memories from their experiences at the institution,” said
Bob Pierce, executive director of the association. “These
scholarships help to ensure that their children and grandchildren
will have the chance to gain similar types of experiences and opportunities.”
Five $1,000 scholarships were awarded this
year from a pool of 22 applicants. The scholarship program is funded
in part by support from the Shell Finish Line Golf Tournament held
each year at Homecoming. This year’s tournament will be held
Friday, Oct. 14, at Shadow Ridge Golf Course in Hattiesburg.
The recipients, all members of the 2005 freshman
class, were chosen based on their academic performance, extracurricular
activities and community involvement. The recipients are Lucas James
Davis of Petal, Lauren Ashley Farrar of Hattiesburg, Melissa Marie
Lang of Daphne, Ala., Cassie Ann May of Mendenhall and Lauren Lee
Williams of Magee. The scholarship winners had an average grade
point average of 3.82.
Davis is a Petal High School graduate who was
an active member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club,
the Petal High School Symphonic Band and the Petal High School Marching
Band. He was one of two students selected to serve on the Petal
School District’s Strategic Planning Committee. Davis also
created and maintained the Petal band’s Web site. He participated
in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program, and he plans
to study computer science.
Davis is the son of Janice Lynn Davis ’76,
’84 and Richard Davis ’80.
Farrar is an Oak Grove High School graduate
who plans to study biology/premed. Farrar was involved in numerous
activities as a high school student, some of which were Beta Club,
First Priority, Frontline, Student Council and the National Honor
She was editor of the school’s yearbook,
played soccer and ran cross country. Among her volunteer service,
Farrar has cleaned houses for the disabled and worked with the Humane
Society and Habitat for Humanity.
Farrar is the granddaughter of Betty H. Southern
Some 20 members of Lang’s family are
Southern Miss alumni, a group she intends to join in the coming
years. Lang is a Daphne High School graduate, and as a high school
student she served as president of the Girls’ Service Club
and captain of the Daphne dance team. She was involved in National
Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and a host of other activities.
Lang has volunteered her time with the Eastern
Shore Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program, youth programs
at her church and Young Life, a nondenominational Christian organization,
Lang is the daughter of Bruce A. Lang ’81
and the granddaughter of Vivian ’53 and J. Elmo Lang ’54,
a former president of the Alumni Association’s board of directors.
Both are Life Members of the Alumni Association.
May is a Mendenhall High School graduate who
plans to study business administration. She was a cheerleader, soccer
player, yearbook editor, diamond girl and a member of the math club
at Mendenhall. May has been active in the Mendenhall First Baptist
Church youth group, the Sweet Spirits Singing Group, Relay for Life
May is the daughter or Jeffery Dale May ’83,
a Life Member of the Alumni Association.
Williams is a Simpson County Academy graduate,
who like Farrar, plans to study biology/premed. She was active in
the Honor Club, the “S” Club, Future Business Leaders
of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a cheerleader
and track athlete. She has worked as a tutor, cheerleading instructor,
as a volunteer at Gateway Rescue Mission, and more.
She is the granddaughter of Robert A. Gustin
Applicants for Legacy Scholarships must be
the children or grandchildren of a Southern Miss graduate who is
an active member of the Alumni Association, be eligible for admission
to Southern Miss as a freshman, and enroll full time for the upcoming
fall semester. Applications must be submitted each year by March
15 to the Alumni Association office. For more information, contact
the Southern Miss Alumni Association at (601) 266-5013 or visit