An Honors College senior heading to one of the country's top law schools after graduation is The University of Southern Mississippi's student recipient of the state's annual Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award.
Brooke Boisseau, a Southern Miss international studies, French and religion major from New Albany, Miss. is a Presidential Scholar at USM who has been accepted to the University of Virginia Law School. She was among HEADWAE honorees from public and private colleges and universities welcomed and recognized earlier this semester in Jackson by the State Senate and House of Representatives for their achievements. An awards luncheon followed.
The HEADWAE award was established in 1988 by legislative resolution to honor academically talented students and faculty members who promote academic excellence at the state's public and private institutions of higher learning.
Boisseau earned the university's most prestigious academic award, the Phi Kappa Phi Silver Bowl. Her other honors and achievements include the USM Scholar Athlete Award, the Clayton Sullivan Scholarship and the Order of Omega Membership Award.
A USM cheerleader and member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Boisseau has served the University in a variety of capacities, including as ambassador for its College of Arts and Letters and Department of History, study abroad peer advisor, and tutor in the USM Athletics Department.
"My four years here at Southern Miss have shaped me and opened more doors for me than I ever would have thought possible," Boisseau said. "I have learned so much, and all of my professors have pushed me to be my best and encouraged me to set new and more challenging goals for myself.
"While I do not yet know what the future holds for me after law school, I am certain that I will always cherish my time at Southern Miss, and be proud to be a Golden Eagle."
For more information about HEADWAE, visit http://www.mississippi.edu/headwae/.