June 8, 2021 – But homelessness and forced separation from her son followed before she began a recovery that continues.

Today, Spiehler, 40, has gone from a homeless, couch-surfing alcoholic in 2015 to taking charge of her life and competing with hundreds of applicants to win a full tuition scholarship to the University of Mississippi in Oxford through one of the 2021 Lyceum Scholar Awards.

“Stacey Spiehler is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring people I have ever had the privilege of working with,” said Amie Bernstein, transfer admissions counselor at Ole Miss. Spiehler was contacted on April 1 with the news that she had won one of the coveted spots. She was so shocked she wondered if it was an April Fool’s Day prank. Bernstein assured her that was not the case.

”The Lyceum Award is our most prestigious transfer scholarship and only the top 15 incoming students receive this honor. Students are selected based on their responses to our community college scholarship application, which includes an essay discussing a significant endeavor,” Bernstein said.


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