For the first time in school history, two University of Southern Mississippi business students are among the five finalists for the annual Orrin Swayze Scholarship presented by the Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) section of the Mississippi Bankers Association.
Cassie Carreras, a senior personal financial planning major from Ponchatoula, La., and Caroline Randolph, who is pursuing a double major in banking and finance and Spanish, have already earned $1,000 scholarship as Swayze finalists. The Swayze winner will be presented a $2,500 scholarship and medallion during the MYB spring convention March 16-20 at The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Ala.
“We are so proud to have Cassie and Caroline represent Southern Miss as Swayze finalists for the top graduating finance major in the state,” said Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the College of Business at Southern Miss. “With only five finalists, this speaks highly of our finance program that two of our students have been included among the top five.”
“This also reflects on our efforts to enhance the quality of our academic programs through initiatives such as the Business Honors House as both Cassie and Caroline were members of the first Honors House cohort (fall 2009).”
University of Mississippi students Cody Henry and Jimmy Winter join Mississippi State’s Robert Chittom in rounding out this year’s group of Swayze finalists.
The awards are named in honor of Orrin H. Swayze, a widely respected Mississippi banker and untiring promoter of continuing education in the field of banking. Finalists are chosen by a scholarship committee that reviews nominations made by state-supported universities offering at least six hours of banking courses.
“The talent among the finalists continues to improve year-over-year and 2011 is no exception,” said Michael Schloegel, vice-president of Hancock Bank in Gulfport, Miss., and chair of the Swayze Scholarship Committee. “These students have the complete package with highly successful academic careers, involvement in extra-curricular activities and outgoing personalities. It will be tough deciding on this year’s Swayze Scholar.”