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Released June 12, 2003

SOUTHERN MISS ANNOUNCES 2003-2004 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS

HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College has announced the selection of 10 new presidential scholars to the program.

Southern Miss Honors College Dean Dr. Ken Panton welcomed the new scholars to the program and credited other university officials in helping bring the students to Hattiesburg.

"Recruiting these very bright, very able young people is very much a team sport," Panton said. "The Honors College is grateful to Dr. Bucky Wesley and his colleagues in the admissions office, to Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames, and also to Dr. Tim Hudson and Dr. Jay Grimes of the provost's office for their help in this process."

The 2003-2004 presidential scholars include:

* Yvette Abadie of Kenner, La.
* Joshua Bird of Jackson
* Kristin Cabana of Hattiesburg
* Scott Hillanbrand of Gulfport
* Sara Johnson of Waynesboro
* Chris Lewis of Petal
* Susan McKay of Hattiesburg
* Todd Parker of Petal
* Jonathon Stastka of Daphne, Ala.
* Timothy Walker of Biloxi

Prospective freshmen with an ACT of 30 or higher (or corresponding SAT scores) and/or with National Merit or National Achievement semi-finalist status who have been accepted into the Honors College are invited to compete for these scholarships in February each year. The Honors College offers scholarships based on academic and leadership abilities.

The Southern Miss Honors College offers students a broadly based, liberal education within the framework of a large, comprehensive university, and works with any degree program offered at Southern Miss. It was established in 1965 as an Honors program and became a separate college in 1976, making it the sixth-oldest Honors College in the nation. For more information about the Southern Miss Honors College, call (601) 266-4533.

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