Fundraising Priorities


The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation operates on an initiative-based fundraising model for the institution, allowing us to pursue private funding for the University’s top fundraising priorities as determined by the University’s leadership.

From building projects to program development, the USM Foundation’s Top Fundraising Initiatives support a wide variety of areas at Southern Miss. Information about each initiative can be found using the links below. 



THE Gulf park business, health and human sciences building initiative

The University of Southern Mississippi is nearing the completion of a transformative construction project that will greatly enhance the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach and the environment in which students learn. The new Business, Health and Human Sciences Building will provide 24,000 square feet of space for students, faculty and staff. The multi-use classrooms, conference rooms and meeting areas – which make up the first floor of the $7 million facility – will serve as a shared resource for all academic disciplines on the campus. The second floor will house the faculty and administrative staff for each unit, giving each a unique identity and defined place for students to connect with the appropriate personnel for their areas of study.


Established in 2015, the Joe Paul Student Leaders Scholarship Endowment will benefit students who are significantly engaged at Southern Miss serving in leadership roles. This fundraising initiative also serves as a way for our alumni to commemorate their involvement as a student leader at Southern Miss through naming opportunities in The Joe Paul Student Theater.

Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families

Established in 2014, the Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families provides an education support program that offers student veterans, military service members and their families the opportunity to pursue an academic degree from Southern Miss.

College of Business EAGLE Scholars Program

Established in 2011, the EAGLE Scholars Scholarship Endowment was founded for the purpose of recognizing the significance of character. The scholarship, which supports students with full tuition and a book allowance, is based on integrity, work ethic, commitment to finishing a degree and financial need.