By Chris Kieffer
OXFORD – A University of Mississippi freshman from Oxford is among six UM students who are the first to receive the university’s most comprehensive scholarship.
Eloise Tyner is among the initial recipients of the university’s Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV Leadership Scholarship. Valued between $98,000 and $138,000, the scholarships not only provide for tuition, room and board and meals, but they also include a $12,000 stipend that can be used for study abroad, research or other enrichment outside the classroom.
Announced last fall, the scholarship is the most comprehensive in Mississippi for students identified for intellect, leadership and service.
“These six freshmen are among the most gifted students in the country, and each of them had many options for next steps in their education,” UM Chancellor Dan Jones said in a university press release.
Tyner, 18, graduated from Oxford High School, where she was president of the student body, represented the school in the Edinburgh (Scotland) Festival Fringe and won second place in the Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s talent show.
“It was really exciting and such a blessing,” she said. “To have someone believe enough in you to invest capitol in you is very empowering, and I’ve never had that kind of empowerment before.”
The daughter of Lee and Susan Tyner, she is majoring in public policy and international studies. She does not yet know just what she wants to do for a career. Her current interest would be to study racial reconciliation policies in different areas of the globe, but notes that plan could “change tomorrow.”
Recipients also include Madeleine Achgill of Indianapolis; Benjamin Carter Branson of Madison; Kathryn Elsa James of Mandeville, La.; Kathryn Louise Prendergast of Luling, La. and Dylan James Ritter of Somerset, N.J.