USM announces centennial scholarship total

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - On the Southern Miss campus Wednesday, students, faculty and graduates of the university are celebrating it's legislative founding 101 years ago this March.

Founders' Day as it's called on the Southern Miss campus recognizes the university's accomplishments and pays tribute to outstanding members of the senior class. President Martha Saunders also announced a close to the Centennial Scholarship Campaign.

That initiative was launched on Founders' Day two years ago to recognize Southern Miss's one hundredth birthday, which was observed in 2010. Saunders said the campaign had an initial goal of raising one million dollars for student scholarships.

However, the campaign is being closed having far exceeded that amount, bringing in four point three million dollars. More than twenty one hundred individual donors made that number possible.

According to Martha Saunders, "It's a general scholarship fund, so some will go to freshman some will go to transfer students who are coming in. Some will go to existing students who may need a little help staying in school and completing their studies."

Saunders said the Centennial Scholarship Campaign total came at a wonderful time in light of the country's current tough economy.

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