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College of Business and Economic Development

Eagle Scholars' Program

Now Taking Applications!
Priority Deadline: February 15, 2023

Through this scholarship and leadership development program, EAGLE Scholars receive $8,000 per year, the possibility of a study abroad stipend, and the opportunity to participate in a series of leadership and 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.

Successful applicants will... 

  • Be a full-time student 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
  • Show willingness to participate in programs to enhance his/her experience
  • Demonstrate the character and commitment to complete their business degree

To apply, students should submit the following to

  • 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).
  • Résumé
  • 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 USM Foundation through the GO system scholarship application process. If you have any questions about the EAGLE Scholars Program, please email businessFREEMississippi

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. 

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.

2022-23 Eagle Scholars

Eagle Scholars 2022


“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 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!”

Hyler Bracey, Cass Flagg and Aubrey Sanford


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