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Southern Miss Junior Hersey wins Prestigious Truman Scholarship

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No need to ask University of Southern Mississippi junior Brandon Hersey if he believes dreams will come true. The Hattiesburg native is living one now as a winner of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

"Just a couple nights before I found out I had gotten the scholarship, I had a dream that I'd won the Truman," said Hersey, a political science/communications studies major, who was the lone Southern Miss student chosen as a finalist this year. "It's difficult for me to put into words how much this means to me. I worked and prepared so hard for this and I'm thrilled to see all of that pay off."

Hersey is the University's third Truman Scholar and the first African American student at Southern Miss to receive the coveted prize. Marie Holowach Federer won in 2011 and Lance Brown, competing in his home state of Alabama, was the first recipient in 1999. Hersey is one of only 62 national finalists chosen for the award and the lone student representing a Mississippi university.

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