April 18, 2019  

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Southern Miss Student Wins Prestigious Swayze Scholarship

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Tanner Shaw with his Swayze Scholarship medal and plaque.

Tanner Shaw, a senior finance major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was awarded the prestigious Orrin W. Swayze Scholarship by the Mississippi Young Bankers Association during the group’s annual conference held earlier this month at Marriott’s Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala.

The $5,000 award is presented annually to the top Magnolia State university major in banking and finance who best represents the tradition of banking excellence exemplified by Swayze, a senior officer for Trustmark until his retirement in 1967.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have been named this year’s Orrin Swayze Scholar. However, the honor extends beyond me to the University of Southern Mississippi,” said Shaw, a native of Fairhope, Ala. “I would not trade my time at The University of Southern Mississippi for anything. I believe that it has prepared me well, over the course of the past three years, to be competitive, not only in this type of competition, but also in the job market at large.”

Since 1979, the MYB annually has recognized five finalists. Southern Miss claimed three of the five finalists this year. Besides Shaw, the others were Kenneth McCarty and Nicolaus Zogaib. All five finalists receive awards of $1,500 each as MYB Scholars with the Swayze Scholar receiving a total of $5,000. All finalists must be interviewed by the organization's scholarship committee and participate in sessions during the four-day conference.

“Tanner Shaw is a dynamic individual who has excelled in both the classroom and in life,” said Marc Petro, Community Bank executive and chairman of the scholarship committee. “Tanner is a natural born leader who has the capability to advance and excel in the banking industry. The University of Southern Mississippi should be extremely proud of the way Tanner represented the University at the 2015 Mississippi Young Bankers Convention.”

Dr. Wayne Kelly, chair of the Department of Finance, Real Estate and Business Law at Southern Miss, noted that the Mississippi Young Bankers have recognized the quality of Southern Miss students by selecting nine of the last 20, eight of the last 15 and three of this year’s five finalists for the Swayze Scholarship from USM nominees.

“I received many compliments from banking and finance professionals on the quality of the USM finalists,” said Kelly. “We are extremely proud of Tanner’s selection. The Swayze Scholarship is about much more than academic prowess and Tanner has shown himself to be a fine individual and ambassador for our University.”

A 4.0 student, Shaw is a Southern Miss Presidential Scholar, member of the Honors College, winner of the Wall Street Journal Award for Finance, and Kappa Sigma Outstanding Scholar Award. He is the son of Joseph and Melinda Shaw.