- A variety of majors at The University of Southern Mississippi
will benefit from the foresight of one Southern Miss graduate
who recently designated a $500,000 life insurance policy to
his alma mater. The policy will be used to establish five
scholarships at the university.
Payne of Hattiesburg memorialized two Phi Kappa Tau fraternity
brothers through the Southern Miss Foundation with the policy, which
will fund the Chris Morgan Memorial Journalism Scholarship
and the Dustin Tauzier Memorial Business Administration Scholarship.
for the Southern Miss Baptist Student Union, the Southern Miss Wesley Foundation
and one honoring Dr. Charles Burchell will also be funded.
was very generous to create this life insurance policy in
order to make funds available for these five different fields
of study," said Ben Samel, Southern Miss associate director of
development planning. "It's similar to leaving money
in a will in that this money will not be available until Keith
is deceased." However, he said, when fully funded, these
endowments will provide financial assistance for students
who meet award criteria.
and the entire family are great friends of Southern Miss,"
said Dr. Shelby F. Thames, Southern Miss president. "We are truly
grateful for their exceptional generosity. Keith will touch
numerous lives and professions through this gift."
scholarship, given in memory of Chris Morgan, will be awarded
to a student majoring in journalism, with preference going
to a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. In June 1999,
22-year-old Morgan drowned in a cliff-diving accident while
vacationing in Italy. Morgan, who was from Jefferson, Louisiana,
had just graduated from Southern Miss with a bachelor's degree
whose major falls under the College of Business Administration
will benefit from the Tauzier scholarship, with preference
given to members of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. The scholarship
is in memory of Dustin Tauzier, a 25-year-old whose died in
an April 2002 car accident. Tauzier had pursued a degree in
business administration at Southern Miss.
Payne Baptist Student Union Scholarship Fund is intended to
be awarded to a member of either the Baptist Student Union
Leadership Team or to a student who has previously served
or is currently serving as a BSU student missionary.
Foundation Scholarship, also named for Payne, will be granted
to a student who is both a member of the Wesley Foundation
Leadership Team and is active in its mission program.
who graduated in 1998, established the Dr. Charles Burchell
Recreational Administration Scholarship to recognize Dr. Burchell,
a longtime Southern Miss professor, for serving as his mentor and role
model. This scholarship is to assist a student enrolled in
a degree program within the Department of Recreational Administration.
Burchell has played a profound role in making me the businessman
I have become," Payne said. "He's one of the teachers
I really looked up to while I was in school here.
hope that other students will be fortunate enough to learn
as much as I did from Dr Burchell."
and giving to Southern Miss are traditions that run deep in
my family," Payne said. "I was raised Southern Miss
all the way."
majored in outdoor recreation and now works in real estate.
He owns Southern Service Center and Security Concepts Inc.
and is a member of the Army National Guard.