September 21, 2018  

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University of Southern Mississippi Student Wins Young Bankers Leadership Award

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Blake Dunaway

Blake Dunaway, who is pursuing a double major in finance and pre-med in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the 2014 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

Each year the MYB committee, a sector of the Mississippi Bankers Association, present a scholarship to an outstanding student majoring in banking and finance. The MYB Leadership Scholarship is given to a junior banking and finance major at a state-supported university. Applicants must be nominated by their banking professor.

“I was honestly shocked and extremely grateful,” said Dunaway, of his $2,000 award. “It was definitely a need, and I’m very thankful to have received this scholarship. “I instantly called my parents and sister letting them know I had received the scholarship, and they were all equally excited.”

Dunaway, a Columbia, Miss., native, was nominated by Dr. G. Wayne Kelly, chair of the Department of Finance, Real Estate and Business Law at Southern Miss. In his nomination letter to the scholarship committee, Kelly noted that Dunaway’s “competitiveness to achieve is increasingly clear, as is his willingness to help classmates and students who are taking courses that he has already accomplished.”

Kelly went on to say that Dunaway “has produced strong and early evidence of both an orientation toward leadership and service locally and nationally.”

Dunaway, who has maintained a 4.0 average across both majors thus far, has a long-term goal of owning and operating a pediatric clinic.

The Mississippi Young Bankers Leadership Scholarship has been awarded since 1998. The mission is to not only give students monetary recognition, but also encourage them to pursue banking careers in Mississippi. For more information visit www.msbankers.com