HATTIESBURG - The
Amite County Farm Bureau in Liberty, Miss., has named its first
Southern Miss scholarship recipient of a new pilot program designed
to initiate an interest in the business community to help aspiring
students graduate from higher learning institutions.
Jasmine Patterson of Liberty, a junior at The University
of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the $2,500 Amite County
Farm Bureau Scholarship to help cover tuition and fee expenses.
"This is the first time I've ever received a scholarship, and
I'm really excited about it," said Patterson, a nursing major.
"I was taking out a lot of loans and now this will help with
Patterson will continue to receive this annual scholarship
if she maintains a 3.0 grade point average or above until graduation.
The Amite County Farm Bureau will fund the scholarship in advance
for $2,500 each year through the USM Foundation, a 501(c)3 fund-raising
entity at the university.
The Amite County Farm Bureau Scholarship is available
for eligible Amite County students attending one of Mississippi's
state universities - The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi
State University and the University of Mississippi. The program
may expand to other state universities if it is successful.
"I think the pilot program will endure and will
be something our membership will be proud of," said Amite County
Farm Bureau's agency manager, Mike Bridwell of Liberty. "The
anticipated impact of these scholarships will not only assist our
young people in the pursuit of their degrees, but also encourage
other businesses to invest in scholarships. We believe that education
addresses every challenge facing our state."
The Amite County Farm Bureau board of directors determined
funding scholarships was a good investment in the future, said Bridwell.
Farm Bureau, an independent, nongovernmental, voluntary organization,
is governed by its representation of farm and ranch families.
Patterson qualified for the merit-based scholarship
because she was a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Southern
Miss from Amite County who had membership in the Amite County Farm
Bureau. "I'm looking forward to finishing school and this will
help financially," said the 21-year-old student, the daughter
of Thomas and Schire Patterson of Liberty, who have held membership
in the Amite County Farm Bureau for more than 20 years.
For more information about the USM Foundation, call
(601) 266-5206 or visit www.usm.edu/foundation.