Kennard Scholars Program


About the program

The Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Eddie A. Holloway, established the Kennard Scholars Program in 2014 in honor of Mr. Clyde Kennard, the first African American to attempt to enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi.  In recognition of this history-making attempt, the Kennard Scholars Program helps eligible students become and remain successful scholars and future graduates at the University.

The Kennard Scholars Program offers a variety of resources to aid students in their ability to pay for college, personal and academic development, and pursuit of a university degree. Each Kennard Scholar receives an $800 scholarship, a mentor, life skills training, and the opportunity to participate in active learning experiences. The Kennard Scholars Program curriculum is a roadmap to assist in the development of skills necessary to succeed.


Program Eligibility

The program participants are diverse in gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. To be eligible for participation in the program a student must:

  • Maintain a 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate leadership potential through campus involvement
  • Obtain a faculty/staff letter of recommendation to the program

Preference will be given to applicants who are first-generation college students and those who demonstrate financial need.

You can find the application link here on this page on August 29th.

For more information, contact the Dean of Students' Office at 601.266.6028.