September 23, 2014  

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Homecoming Golf Event Generates More Than $10,000 for Scholars Program

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More than 120 players and 50 sponsors participated in the 15th Annual Shell Finish Line/Southern Miss Alumni Association Homecoming Scholarship Golf Tournament, hosted Oct. 25, by the Hattiesburg Country Club, the official country club of the Alumni Association.

The tournament is held in conjunction with the University’s Homecoming festivities each year along with several other Alumni Association events, including the Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Awards Lunch and Business Meeting.

The result was more than $10,000 generated for the Association’s Robert D. Pierce II Legacy Scholars Program. Each year, the fund provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to select children or grandchildren of Southern Miss alumni. This year, a record-breaking number of Legacy scholarships were awarded, and to date, more than $150,000 has been contributed through the tournament. 

“The Shell Finish Line/Southern Miss Alumni Association Homecoming Scholarship Golf Tournament has become one of the most anticipated events held during Homecoming week,” said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. “We are grateful for all of the players and sponsors who made this event successful. There is no doubt that the Pierce Legacy Scholars Program is having an impact on the University’s recruitment of second- and third-generation Southern Miss students, and the proceeds of this event are a major reason for the success of the program.”

The Pierce Legacy Scholars Program is available for eligible high school seniors. To be eligible, candidates must enroll full-time for the upcoming fall semester. At least one parent or grandparent of the candidate must hold a degree from the university and be an active member of the Alumni Association for the immediate past 10 years or be a Life Member.

Applications can be obtained at the Ogletree Alumni House, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation or through the University Admissions Office. Applications must be submitted to the Alumni Association office by March 15.

For more information on the Pierce Legacy Scholars Program, visit www.SouthernMissAlumni.com.