Emillie “Emmie” Burgess, a freshman from Fort Smith, Ark., majoring in public policy leadership, is the recipient of the Patricia Lott Council Scholarship. She is excited about being a student in the Trent Lott Leadership Institute. Emmie’s goals include saving the planet, traveling everywhere and writing about things that matter. In her free time she likes to run, write and pursue adventures with her friends. Fun fact: She says she has a true Type 7 Enneagram personality – extroverted, optimistic, spontaneous, versatile and acquisitive.
Bradley Brantley, a sophomore from Jackson, Miss., majoring in engineering and participating in the Chinese Flagship Program, is the recipient of the Jennie Mosby Cochran and the Elizabeth Brevard Council scholarships. A member of Sigma Nu fraternity, Bradley hopes to get involved with Special Olympics and Ultimate Frisbee. Fun fact: The color orange plays a big role in several of Bradley’s interests, including his favorite football team.
Ansley Brown, a sophomore from Johns Creek, Ga., majoring in communication sciences and disorders, is the recipient of the Shirley Wagner Crawford Council Scholarship and the Gloria Dodwell Kellum Council Scholarship. She received the National Charity League’s Presidential Service Award and was a top campaigner for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A Provost Scholar, Ansley is a member of Phi Mu sorority and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. She volunteers for More Than a Meal, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. She enjoys working with children as well as spending time with friends and family, and hopes to become a pediatric speech pathologist. Fun fact: Ansley has a dog that weighs 150 pounds.
Hannah Clayton, a freshman from Pope, Miss., majoring in pharmaceutical sciences as an Early Entry Pharmacy student, is the recipient of the Mary Jane and Edward R. Wilson Council Scholarship. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. A graduate of Magnolia Heights School, Hannah was a cheerleader and part of Leadership Class and Yearbook Staff. She was an Eminent Scholar and a Presidential Scholar while in high school. Hannah received the Headmaster’s Award her senior year and she loved being a member of several service organizations, including the Junior Auxiliary of Batesville’s Crown Club and the Batesville Sub-Deb Cotillion. Fun fact: She enjoys any opportunity to express her creativity, especially through art.
Gray duPerier, a sophomore psychology major from Oxford, Miss., is the recipient of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto County Council Scholarship and the Barbara Caperton Council Scholarship. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority, Reformed University Fellowship, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the American Medical Women’s Association. Gray has volunteered with More Than a Meal, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch and tutoring. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends and going to Lost Dog Coffee in Taylor, Miss. Gray plans to attend nursing school after graduating from Ole Miss. Fun fact: She can walk on her hands.
Hailey Ellis, a sophomore public policy leadership major from Olive Branch, Miss., is the recipient of the Lindsay McCauley Kirkley Clemons and the Rachel McPherson Council scholarships. Hailey is a senator for the Associated Student Body senate representing the university’s Panhellenic Council. She is a Provost Scholar, a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and the Trent Lott Leadership Institute. She volunteers for Service for Sight and More Than a Meal, and enjoys movies, spending time with friends and reading political commentary. Her career goals include becoming the first female governor of Mississippi. Fun Fact: When she was 8 years old, she created her own music video.
Millie Eubanks, a junior from Water Valley, Miss., is the recipient of the Gertrude Hudson Turner Council Scholarship. She is majoring in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in manufacturing and a minor in math. Millie enjoys volunteering with Mississippi Critterz, painting, music, volleyball, reading and spending time outdoors. Fun fact: Millie served as a cooperative quality engineer for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc., in Blue Springs where she was the partial lead quality specialist for the HVAC and wire harness. She also programmed and trained a quality vision system to read the brand, size and wheel type of tires as they passed through a camera-operated inspection point.
Amyaha Graham, a sophomore accounting major and computer science minor from Clarksdale, Miss., is the recipient of the Sarah Meisenheimer and the Marjorie Wallace Peddle Council scholarships. She was the valedictorian of her graduating high school class. Amyaha is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the National Association of Black Accountants and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. A volunteer with the UM Food Bank, she has also volunteered with the St. Peter’s Pumpkin Patch as well as with Run Oxford’s Great 38 Race. Amyaha aspires to become a CPA and a forensic accountant, and she plans to work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Fun fact: Amyaha does not watch TV or listen to music
Max Hancock, a senior from Myrtle, Miss., majoring in English, is the recipient of the Exie Guyton Gafford Council and the Lannie E. Gafford Council scholarships. He is on the Dean’s List, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Sigma Alpha Lambda. A Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College scholar, Max works as a community assistant at Stockard Hall and chairs Ole Miss eSports. A volunteer for the Mississippi on Wheels Charity Club, Max enjoys producing music, reading and writing short stories, and spending time with friends. He plans to attend law school after graduating from UM. Fun fact: Max enjoys troubleshooting IT problems.
Meagan Harkins, a junior journalism major from Oviedo, Fla., is the recipient of the Margaret Denton Khayat and the Celia and John O. Emmerich Council scholarships. She is a past winner of an Oxford Film Festival Audience Favorite award and participated in the Lens Collective Film Festival. Meagan serves as an ambassador for the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and is active in Catholic Campus Ministries. She volunteers at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Oxford as well as with RebelTHON. Meagan is a part of the Delight Leadership Team, the SJNM Marketing Team and the media team at Camp Ch-Yo-Ca. An Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy social media intern, she conducts podcast research for OMWC member Liz Randall. Meagan works at a camp during the summers and is a Bible study leader. She hopes to create media content for a Christian nonprofit. Fun fact: Meagan has traveled to 40 states in the U.S.
Caitlyn Victoria-Rose Horton, a freshman from Water Valley, Miss., double majors in accounting and business finance, is the recipient of Gertrude Hudson Turner Council Scholarship. The youngest of three children, she graduated from Water Valley High School where she was an Honors Student and graduated in the top 5 of her class. Caitlyn attended summer school for high school students two years in a row and attended several conferences such as MOST and Apex. Fun fact: Caitlyn has been determined to attend the University of Mississippi since she was a freshman in high school.
Chandler Johnson, a junior public policy leadership/pre-med major from Brandon, Miss., is the recipient of the Lena Mitchell Marquette Council Scholarship. He was selected for a congressional internship in 2019, is a certified U.S. Capitol tour guide and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. A member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Delta Psi fraternity and the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, he is a campus tutor and volunteers with the Veterans Administration, Delta Psi philanthropy and Special Olympics. Chandler plans to attend medical school after graduating from Ole Miss with aspirations to practice medicine and work in health administration. He enjoys intramural sports and running. Fun fact: Chandler likes to work on political campaigns.
Daneel Konnar, a freshman from Meridian, Miss., majoring in public policy leadership with a focus in pre-medicine, is the recipient of the Lena Mitchell Marquette Council Scholarship. As a student at Northeast Lauderdale High School, he was the 2020 Senior Class President, the founder and president of the Northeast High Public Relations team and the president of the Young Politicians of America Club. Daneel was name the Class of 2020 Valedictorian. In the summer of 2019, he was chosen to represent Mississippi at the Mississippi Youth Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., along with 88 other high school Mississippians. Daneel is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Trent Lott Leadership Institute and Chancellor’s Leadership Class. Fun fact: In his free time, he likes to explore walking trails, play tennis, spend time with his family and eat lots of Chick-fil-A.
John Marquez, a senior from Gulfport, Miss., majoring in chemical engineering, is the recipient of the Lena Mitchell Marquette Council Scholarship. He is a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence. He is involved with the Reformed University Fellowship, volunteers as a team leader for the Big Event and serves on the Sigma Nu Charity Bowl Committee. John plans to become a chemical engineer in the oil industry. He enjoys hunting, fishing and sports. Fun fact: John has seen every episode of the TV show “The Office.”
Brody McCammon, a sophomore psychology major from New Albany, Miss., is the recipient of the Mildred H. Center Council Scholarship. He was the salutatorian of his graduating high school class and enjoys involvement with his local church. Brody hopes to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist. In his spare time, he works at Movie Reel 4 in New Albany. Fun fact: Brody has monocular vision.
Olivia Moore, a freshman from Jackson, Miss., majoring in English with a focus in pre-medicine, is the recipient of the Lena Mitchell Marquette Council Scholarship. In high school, she was a National Merit Finalist, a STAR student and a Cum Laude Society member. Olivia is a Provost Scholar and a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Fun fact: She founded City Tennis, a free nonprofit junior tennis program.
Mary Patton Murphy, a sophomore from Jackson, Miss., majoring in English Education, is recipient of the Mary Sharp Rayner Council Scholarship. She is a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. A member of Chi Omega sorority, she is involved with Reformed University Fellowship and RebelTHON. She volunteers with Mississippi Critterz, More Than a Meal and as a college readiness tutor in the Oxford community. Mary Patton enjoys playing the violin, running, reading, watching “Downton Abbey,” and getting coffee or walking around the Square with friends. She hopes to become an English teacher. Fun fact: Mary Patton is fascinated by the British royal family.
Emelia O’Neill, a sophomore business major from Smithton, Ill., is the recipient of the Donna Ruth Else Roberts Council Scholarship and the Oxford Business Women’s Council Scholarship. She was salutatorian of her graduating high school class and, at Ole Miss, is a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College scholar and a Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence scholar. Emelia volunteers with More Than a Meal and is a member of Phi Mu sorority and Delight Ministry. She plans to earn a master’s degree in accounting. She enjoys spending time with friends, shopping and cheering on her favorite teams, the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Cardinals. Fun fact: Emelia loves dogs and ice cream.
Benjamin Oliver, a freshman from Jonesboro, Ark., pursuing interests in journalism, public policy leadership and international studies, is the recipient of the Martha Dale Fritts Council Scholarship. He attended the Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts in Hot Springs, where he was an ambassador for the school. During high school, Benjamin was involved in the marching and concert bands, as well as Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and Future Business Leaders of America. He is a member of the Ole Miss Band, Trent Lott Leadership Institute, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Croft Institute for International Studies. Fun fact: Benjamin loves to cook and dance – often at the same time.
Shelby Phillips, a sophomore elementary education major from Hattiesburg, Miss., is the recipient of the Asbury Foundation Council Scholarship and the Vicki L. and Harry Sneed Council Scholarship. The salutatorian of her graduating high school class, she is a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College scholar and a Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program scholar. She is a member of Teachers of Tomorrow, Reformed University Fellowship and Chi Omega sorority. Shelby has participated in Hattiesburg’s Mayor’s Youth Council and the Forrest General Spirit Girls, and completed an internship at Temple Baptist Church. She plans to earn a master’s degree after graduating from Ole Miss and pursue a career in elementary education. She enjoys running, coloring, spending time with friends, reading and listening to music. Fun fact: Shelby enjoys drinking black coffee.
Ian Pigg, a junior public policy leadership major from Clifton, Tenn., is the recipient of the Karen Bell Moore Council Scholarship. He received the Omicron Delta Kappa Freshman Leadership Award and is a member of Lambda Sigma honor society. Ian is a member of Phi Delta Theta and serves as the Student Activities Association homecoming director as well as a Trent Lott Leadership Ambassador. He volunteers with RebelTHON, More Than a Meal and a backpack food program for children. Ian enjoys spending time with friends. Fun fact: He likes to spend his spare time exploring his temporary hometown of Oxford.
Mary Lathan Pittman, a sophomore biology major from Batesville, Miss., is the recipient of the Madison Charitable Foundation Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholarship. She was the salutatorian of her high school graduating class and received the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award for Academic and Athletic Leadership. At Ole Miss, Mary Lathan is a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College scholar and a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Society, the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and the MEDLIFE organization. Mary Lathan will also be serving as a UM Peer Mentor for the Biology Department. She volunteers as an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Mid-South Food Bank. Mary Lathan hopes to attend medical school and specialize in sports medicine orthopedics. She enjoys traveling and playing tennis. Fun fact: In her spare time, Mary Lathan likes cardio dancing and kickboxing.
Leah Potate, a senior pharmacy major from Meridian, Miss., is the recipient of the Lena Mitchell Marquette Council Scholarship. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and Lambda Sigma. She is a team leader for the Big Event, volunteers as a liaison and a mentor for the pharmacy early-entry program, is an ambassador for the School of Pharmacy, is involved with Relay for Life and volunteers for Groovin’ at Move In. Leah plans to participate in a post-graduate residency in the field of organ transplant with the hope of becoming a transplant pharmacist. Fun fact: She serves as a coordinator for the Pinelake Church college ministry.
Miley Ray, a freshman from Jackson, Miss., is the recipient of the Donna H. Glenn Scholarship. A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, she was active in the journalism program, Latin Club and playing volleyball. Miley also has a passion for international studies and travel, participating in two global studies trips to Germany and Italy. She enjoys building relationships and was selected as Miss St. Andrews by her peers. Fun fact: Miley has visited 37 or the 50 states.
Alexis Rose, a junior music performance major from Omaha, Neb., is the recipient of the Celia Carter Muths Council and the Kathryn Healy Hester Council scholarships. She is a member of Lambda Sigma honor society, Pi Beta Phi sorority, Ole Miss Choir, Women’s Glee Club, Ole Miss Opera Theatre, Girl Up! and the Living Music Resource program. Alexis volunteers with Read, Lead, Achieve; Champions Are Readers; More Than a Meal and the Big Event. She plans to work in the music industry as a performer, arts administrator, music management or technology field. She enjoys singing, playing instruments, spending time with friends and attending university events. Fun fact: Alexis has never visited the state of Louisiana.
Alexandria Seals, a junior accounting major from Laurel, Miss., is a recipient of the Marion Mullin Kelly Gordon Council and the Christine Hickonbottom Council scholarships. She is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants; Educated, Successful, Talented, Evolving, Empowered and Motivated (ESTEEM); and the Black Student Union. She volunteers with Groovin’ at Move In, the Boys and Girls Club and Girl Scouts of America. Alexandria hopes to earn her CPA license and work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms. She enjoys music, singing and reading. Fun fact: Alexandria loves dogs.
Francena Sekul, a junior accounting major from Biloxi, Miss, is the recipient of Lena Mitchell Marquette Council Scholarship. She is on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll, a member of the Gamma Beta Phi honor society and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. A Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, Francena is the president on the executive board for the Residential Housing Association, plays the clarinet for the Pride of the South marching band and is a member of the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence. She is a volunteer with MPartner community day events and the Ole Miss Food Bank. Francena plans to earn a master’s degree in accounting and a CPA license. She enjoys reading, exploring, cooking and baking. Fun fact: In her freshman year, Francena went on a two-week road trip to all 48 contiguous states.
Jaden Sheffield, a freshman from Bay Saint Louis, Miss., majoring in computer science, is the recipient of the John P. and Wanda Alice Henderson Council Scholarship. A graduate of Hancock High School, Jaden plans to get involved in the University of Mississippi theatre and film program and the LGBTQ+ community. Fun fact: Jaden is looking forward to making new friends and exploring the Oxford community.
Samantha Simpson, a junior music performance major from Corinth, Miss., is the recipient of the Mary Donnelly Haskell Council Scholarship. She participated in the Living Music Resource Cabaret Competition and is a member of the Ole Miss Choir and the Ole Miss Ballroom Dancing Club. Sam volunteers backstage for the Ole Miss Music and Theatre departments. She hopes to compose and teach music one day. Sam teaches piano lessons and plays piano as an accompanist. During her sophomore year, Sam was named “Outstanding Undergraduate Pianist for 2019-2020.” Fun fact: She has crocheted a blanket that will be a family heirloom for generations to come.
Shelby Sledge, a sophomore business/pre-dental major from Amory, Miss., is the recipient of the Lillian Graham Carson Memorial Council and the Paula Salter Council scholarships. Also the recipient of Amory High School’s Mary Kilpatrick Haskell Scholarship, she is a Provost Scholar, a member of Kappa Delta sorority and a volunteer for More Than a Meal in Oxford. She plans to attend dental school after graduating from Ole Miss with aspirations to become an orthodontist. Shelby enjoys spending time with family, shopping and running. Fun fact: Shelby ran in the 2018 St. Jude Half Marathon.
Madelyn Olivia Stevens, a freshman from Liberty, Miss., majoring in biochemistry, is the recipient of Gloria Clark Cox Council and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Council scholarships. A graduate of the Amite School Center, she was honored as salutatorian and named as a member of the Hall of Fame. Fun fact: Olivia enjoys participating in a variety of clubs and organizations, and during high school she was a member of the student council, Beta Club, cheer team and tennis team.
Logan Thornton, a freshman from Hattiesburg, Miss., majoring in integrated marketing communications, is the recipient of the Nancy Harrelson Akin Council and the Nobel and Dorothy Harrelson Council scholarships. A graduate of Purvis high School, he served as the captain of his basketball team and volunteered as a counselor at the Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp, a camp for children with disabilities. Logan is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and Chancellor’s Leadership Class. Fun fact: He created his own nonprofit organization that matches donated rehabilitation equipment to children from modest income households.
Madison Thornton, a senior from Hattiesburg, Miss., majoring in public policy leadership and biology, is the recipient of the Lena Mitchell Marquette Council Scholarship. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. She is a member of Order of Omega, Trent Lott Leadership Institute, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa. A winner of the Panhellenic Trailblazer Award and a Taylor Medalist, Madison is on the Honors College Ambassadors Executive Board, is a member of the Columns Society, and provides leadership as the Associated Student Body Chief of Staff to the President. She is a RebelTHON participant and an Ole Miss Big Event project leader. She hopes to attend medical school after graduating from UM. Madison enjoys reading and playing the piano. Fun fact: Madison is a Pinelake Church Group leader.
Samantha Turner, a sophomore theatre arts major from Starkville, Miss., is the recipient of the Catherine “Kitty” Bryan Dill Memorial Council and the Susan Barksdale Howorth Council scholarships. She was an understudy in the UM production of “Little Women,” had a role as the Evil Angel in the Ghostlight Repertory’s production of “Doctor Faustus” and is a member of the theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega. She plans to pursue a career in theatre and performing arts. Sam enjoys going to the Oxford Square with friends. Fun fact: She is the first person in her family to attend Ole Miss.
Joseph Upton, a senior biochemistry major from Jackson, Miss., is the recipient of the Barbara D. Arnold and the University of Mississippi Foundation Council scholarships. An Eagle Scout, he is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. He is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and chairs Sigma Chi’s Derby Days. He is also a member of the Pre-Dental Society, the head of Rho Alpha and a teaching assistant for a biology lab. Joseph organized a Derby Day and raised $51,000 for the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Newk’s Cares. He has participated in a mission trip to Peru and volunteers with Operation Christmas Child. Joseph plans to attend dental school at University of Mississippi Medical Center after graduation. He enjoys playing guitar and becoming accomplished in the Spanish language. Fun fact: Joseph likes rock climbing.
Casiah Watson, a sophomore computer science major from Jackson, Miss., is the recipient of the Betty West Sherman Council and Prescott Alden Sherman Council scholarships. She is a member of the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence as well as the Ole Miss IMAGE program, which promotes minority participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions. She plans to become a software engineer. Fun fact: Casiah enjoys math and computers.
Jordyn Wyms, a sophomore pharmacy major from Tupelo, Miss., is the recipient of the Mildred H. Center Council Scholarship. A Provost Scholar and Luckyday Scholar, she is an early-entry pharmacy scholar. A member of the Pride of the South marching band, Jordyn volunteers with the Tupelo Animal Shelter, More Than a Meal, computer coding guided classes and campus tutoring. She plans to graduate from the School of Pharmacy in six years and work as a nuclear pharmacist, eventually opening a pharmacy attached to a clinic. In her spare time, Jordyn enjoys photography, music and travel. Fun fact: Jordyn once marched in a presidential inaugural parade.