Kevin Bryant is a doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi pursuing a degree in communication studies. With the help of the Don George Communication Graduate Scholarship, he is on the home stretch to earning his Ph.D.
In 2017, three years after beginning his program, Kevin’s mother fell very ill, and he returned home to Cookeville, Tenn., to care for her. Determined to make his mother proud, he sought to finish his Ph.D., but not without obstacles.
“Due to the coronavirus, my instructor position at Tennessee Tech University was not renewed for the 2020-21 academic year,” Kevin said. “Luckily, my committee at USM knew about this scholarship. It allowed me to return to Hattiesburg to finish this long path of earning my doctorate. Without this scholarship, I would not have had the chance to complete my degree. I am forever grateful!”
Kevin is currently finishing up his dissertation and set to graduate in August 2021, when he plans to continue teaching collegiate courses as well as coaching forensics (speech and debate). Wherever life leads, Kevin is prepared for the opportunities, as well as the challenges, that lie ahead, thanks in part to the generosity of donors whose support enabled him to complete his degree.
Named in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. Don George, the Don George Communication Graduate Scholarship provides assistance to graduate students who have a strong ambition to succeed in the field of communications.
Dr. George was a professor of speech communication at Southern Miss for 22 years and also taught overseas in Indonesia, Lebanon and China. He was admired by his students and respected among his colleagues. Through this scholarship, his kindness and generosity continue to impact students still today. The endowment was created through proceeds from the George Family Trust and realized upon Dr. George’s passing in 2011.
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