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Students Earn Pathway Scholarships to be used for Summer Internships

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 01:22pm | By: Van Arnold

Pathway Scholarship winners.

Twenty students at The University of Southern Mississippi have been selected to receive Pathway Scholarships that will help finance summer internships at locations throughout the United States. A total of $25,000 was awarded and disbursed to the students in varying amounts.

The Pathway Scholarship Program is part of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan, Eagles Engaged, which seeks to strengthen student learning and career readiness through participation in pathway experiences, such as internships, research, or fieldwork.

Award recipients, their respective majors, hometowns, and internship locations include:

  • Sukrita Bhattarai, Biological Science, Biratnagar, Nepal, Gates Internship Program
  • Elina Ghimire, Polymer Science, Biratnagar, Nepal, Purdie University
  • Ayana Love, Forensic Science, Tchula, Miss., FBI
  • Jay Nguyen, Biological Science, Tupelo, Miss., INBRE
  • Molly Hunter, Interior Design, Brandon, Miss., Interior Elements
  • Amit Tripathi, Construction Engineering, Chitwan, Nepal, Jackson Brothers Construction
  • Jonathan Main, Forensic Science, Pontotoc, Miss., Tupelo Police Department
  • Phoebe Willis, Forensic Science, Gulfport, Miss., FBI
  • Courtney Cuevas, Legal Studies, Long Beach, Miss., Steven Palazzo Office
  • Nabina Lama, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism, Kathmandu, Nepal, Marriott International
  • Cole Engle, Accounting, Monroe, Conn., YMCA Retirement Fund
  • Jon McDuffie, Marketing, Moselle, Miss., Washington Center
  • Destiny Farmer, Kinesiology, Memphis, Tenn., Baptist Health Plex
  • Nidhi Shrestha, Dietics, Kathmandu, Nepal, Camp Lincoln/Lake Herbert
  • Sabria Green, Social Work, Wesson, Miss., Praque
  • Tatum Davis, Kinesiology, Florence, Miss., Columbus Rec/Parks Department
  • Tiffany Alsbury, Public Health, Gulfport, Miss., Lupus Org. in D.C.
  • Chandler Russ, Kinesiology, Natchez, Miss., Physical Therapy
  • Billy Cox, Kinesiology, Ocean Springs, Miss., FGH Live Well
  • Brittany Wilkins, Kinesiology, Madison, Miss., MS Baptist Medical Center

On a related note, more than 700 students are expected to wear Pathway Cords as part of their cap and gown ensemble for the 2019 Spring Commencement set for Friday, May 10. This includes students from the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses.

Students are eligible for the cords by sharing their “pathway” story through the University's Pathways Reflection and Evaluation process. Lisa Stevens, Director/Center for Pathway Experiences at USM, notes that the recognition program enables University officials to capture data regarding “real-world” experiences in which students are actively participating.

“These experiences are helping our students develop career competencies that all employers are seeking such as: communication skills, critical thinking skills, teamwork/collaboration, professionalism/work ethic, career management, digital technology, and global/intercultural fluency,” said Stevens.


To learn more about the Center for Pathway Experiences, call 601.266.4976 or visit: