HHS Student Earns Presidential Scholarship at University of Alabama

Casey Buisson, a graduating senior at Hattiesburg High School was awarded a presidential
scholarship from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

The University of Alabama offers the Presidential scholarship to students who score a 32 to 36
on the ACT (1420 to 1600 SAT equivalent) with a GPA of 3.50 or higher. The prestigious merit-
based scholarship provides high-achieving students with a yearly financial aid award of
$26,000.

With an offer like that, it seems like an easy choice to accept; however, when it came time to
make a decision about college, Buisson said the choice was difficult for him.
As the student body president for Hattiesburg High School, an award-winning member of the
speech and debate team and an honor roll student, Buisson had several options for his college
career.

“With both of the options I had for college, I couldn’t really make a wrong decision,” Buisson
said. “To help with my decision, I talked with my older brother who just graduated from college
about what factors were important in the long run.”

Buisson also spoke on the relief that came with deciding where to pursue his college education.
“It feels really good because I’m such an indecisive person,” Buisson said. “I’m thankful for the
opportunities I’ve been afforded because of my parents, Hattiesburg High School and everyone
else who has supported me.”

Buisson plans to study psychology at the University of Alabama and also has an interest in social
work. In addition to the presidential scholarship, Buisson also received a $10,000 speech and
debate scholarship.