Willie Tubbs – Robert Gene Wiggins Scholarship Endowment
Meet Willie, a doctoral student in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism from Erwinville, La.
Why he's proud to be a Golden Eagle: "Because of the comradery. I've had extensive dealings with both the School of Mass Communication and Journalism as well as Golden Eagle Athletics, Southern Miss Libraries and various other support services. At every stop, I've observed a passionate group of professors, staff and students, all shooting straight to the top."
What his scholarship has enabled him to do: "My scholarship has allowed me to travel to libraries and archives in places all over the world from Richmond, Virginia, to London and Duxford, England. Very few media historians get to do such expansive research while in graduate school. It has really helped me distinguish my research and produce better studies. Additionally, knowing that there are perfect strangers who care so much about the success of their fellow Golden Eagles is perhaps the biggest jolt to one's confidence available."
A message to the donor(s) who make his Southern Miss experience possible: "Thank you for your contributions, big and small, to students like me. You truly have no idea how helpful and meaningful your gifts are. I would not have been able to make it this far without your support."