From left to right, Larry Gregory, executive director of the Mississippi Casino Operators Association (MCOA), presents University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students Craig Mackay of Gulfport and Jennifer Hightower of Diamondhead with plaques recognizing them as the 2012-2013 MCOA scholarship recipients. Gregory and the students are recognized alongside Dr. Evelyn Green, far right, instructor in the Southern Miss Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management.
The MCOA scholarship was established for Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management students at Southern Miss Gulf Coast. Mackay, a junior majoring in casino and resort management, is the department’s Outstanding Coast Scholar Award recipient. Hightower, also a junior majoring in casino and resort management, was recently named Outstanding Junior Scholar in Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management.