The University of South Alabama welcomes two state winners of the Distinguished Young Women program as freshmen this fall. The two first-year students join five upperclassmen for a total of seven state winners from the program currently enrolled at USA.
Freshmen Haley Armstrong of South Dakota and Jacque Underhill of Oregon each received scholarships to attend USA.
USA President Gordon Moulton welcomed the new students with a scholarship ceremony and luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
"We are gratified that the University of South Alabama's high quality academic programs and dedicated faculty continue to make it a first-choice institution among the nation's most academically talented students," USA President Gordon Moulton said. "Students of this quality have many options, and we are certain they will have a positive experience at USA."
Haley Armstrong of Rapid City, S.D., learned about the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program through an Internet search. After winning her state competition, she learned about the USA Scholarship. While in Mobile this summer for the national program, she fell in love with the city and the campus. Armstrong plans to major in advertising, with a minor in either Russian or mathematics.
Jacque Underhill, from The Dalles, Ore., became involved in the program as a "Little Sister" when she was in 8th grade. Her plans always included exploring life outside her home state, and she says she loves it here at South Alabama. An occupational therapy major, she has already joined Chi Omega Sorority.
Other Distinguished Young Women state winners now at USA include Lauren Gessner of Ohio; Twila Tschan of Oregon; Hannah Yeats of Idaho; Brynn Armstrong of New York, and Kaila Mattson of Wisconsin.