Eagle Scholars' Program

Through this scholarship and leadership development program, Eagle Scholars receive $8,000 per year, the possibility of a study abroad scholarship, and the opportunity to participate in a series of professional development programs. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including work ethic, clear goals for the future, commitment to finish their degrees and willingness to participate in extra programs meant to enhance their collegiate experiences. Scholarships are renewable annually, and program activities parallel the student’s stage in the process.


  • Be majoring in a business discipline at Southern Miss,
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher,
  • Have a financial need,
  • Provide evidence of integrity and trustworthiness,
  • Exhibit a strong work ethic,
  • Articulate clear goals for the short and long term, and
  • Demonstrate the character and commitment to complete their business degree


  • An essay, no longer than two pages in length, that addresses the qualifications for this scholarship. The essay should address the importance of the scholarship for future goals and the applicant’s commitment to the key outcomes for Eagle Scholars of goals (finishing their degree and goals for their career), leadership (respect and influence) and ethics (integrity, trustworthiness).
  • A Resume
  • Two to three letters of recommendation from people who speak to the applicant’s work ethic, integrity, commitment and motivation to complete the degree

 Submit your completed packet online to The Foundation through the GO system scholarship application process. 

This scholarship was originally established as a “merit scholarship” and by Hyler Bracey, his wife, Cass Flagg, and Aubrey Sanford. The intention was and remains to award this scholarship to students who are committed to integrity, willingness to work hard, commitment to finishing a degree, financial need and a strong academic performance. 

2018-19 Recipients:

Jeremiah WillisS. Hayes ThompsonC. David JonesElizabeth Rivera-Vega

Jeremiah Willis
Jackson, Miss.

S. Hayes Thompson 
General Business
Summit, Miss.

C. David Jones
Biloxi, Miss.
Elizabeth Rivera-Vega
Biloxi, Miss.  


The Eagle Scholars' Program is an endowed fund so that people can contribute to this fund without having to endow a new scholarship or meet minimum requirements. Our hope for the Eagle Scholars' Program is that it will grow to a level to support 12 Eagle Scholars in the College of Business and Economic Development.

Within the Eagle Scholars’ Program umbrella, there is a central endowed fund which accepts donations of any amount. We are also accepting funds to endow named scholarships which then are awarded as part of the Eagle Scholars’ Program.

A message from Hyler Bracey, Cass Flagg and Aubrey Sanford:

“We have started this scholarship. If it is going to be significant, it will be because of you and others. You can make a difference in students’ lives by helping fund the College of Business Eagle Scholars Fund. There will be fine students that will be able to stay in college because of your help. Approximately $8,000 funds an annual scholarship and $250,000 will endow one in perpetuity. We have shown our commitment by seeding the scholarship. Please help by contributing to the scholarship and by enrolling others in this worthy cause. Our dream is to raise at least $1 million and with your support, we know we can accomplish this goal!”