OXFORD, Miss. – Rachel Byars, a University of Mississippi freshman from Bruce, has been named the new recipient of the Joey Embry Memorial Scholarship.
Joey Embry, like Byars, attended both Bruce High School and UM. Embry was active during his time at Ole Miss, including being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and playing as an offensive lineman for the Rebel football team. Embry tragically drowned in a 1998, but his legacy lives on.
His family and friends make this possible, said Bill and Gwen Embry, his parents.
“After his death, people were asking us what they could do and where they could contribute in his memory,” Gwen Embry said. “Ole Miss was contacted, and the staff told us how to set up a fund.”
The scholarship is intended for UM students from Calhoun and Yalobusha counties.