The University of South Alabama’s Mitchell College of Business recently held a reception for the nine fall recipients of its top scholarship, known as the Mitchell Scholars Program.
These competitive scholarships offer extraordinary opportunities for Alabama students to pursue a challenging program of scholarly activities in the Mitchell College of Business. Sponsored by local businessman and philanthropist Abraham Mitchell, the program includes an annual $11,000 scholarship and a free laptop.
The 2012-2013 Mitchell Scholars are John Paul Cook, Paige Alece Ellison, Laura Dale Eubanks, Jonathan Fletcher Hansert, Harrison Robert McElroy, Jeffery Taylor Odom, Carson Wyatt Orwig, Tanner Madison Shaw, and Zach Williams. The average ACT score for the nine freshman students was 30, and they held an average high school grade point average of 3.9.
The Abraham Mitchell Scholars Program is the university’s largest single privately funded scholarship program to date. Since Mitchell launched the program in 1999, $2.9 million has been awarded to top students in the region. In the first decade, the Mitchell Scholars program graduated 50 students, with an average GPA of 3.72. There are currently 15 sophomores and upperclassmen in the program, seven have a 4.0 GPA.