Grishams Commit Estate Gift to Transforming Lives

Bequest to support mission of Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement

OXFORD, Miss. – Vaughn Grisham, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Mississippi, believes his life’s purpose is to raise the quality of life for others, so much so that he founded an institute focused on that. Recently, the former McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, housed on the Ole Miss campus,Read the story …

Gift Promises to Ensure Continued Growth of Accountancy Program

Robersons give generously to support new home for Patterson School of Accountancy

OXFORD, Miss. – Brian Roberson, who earned University of Mississippi undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting nearly three decades ago, wants his alma mater to have the resources to make the dream of building a new home for the Patterson School of Accountancy come true. “As soon as I heard that constructing a new buildingRead the story …

Investment Provides Tools to Help Children Learn to Read

Dorseys make additional gift to North Mississippi Literacy Project

OXFORD, Miss. – A three-year pilot program established in 2021 to improve literacy in the Oxford and Lafayette County school districts is proving so successful that its donors are fueling it with additional support. Last year, a gift of almost $1 million from Bob Dorsey, a former University of Mississippi professor of economics, and hisRead the story …

Family Business Owners Support Future Generations

Corinth Coca-Cola creates UM business school scholarships

OXFORD, Miss. – Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works Inc. has been serving beverages since 1907. In that time, the family-owned and operated organization has expanded from its original location in Corinth to multiple locations across the Mid-South. And all the while, family members have run the business. In its fifth generation of owner-operators, Corinth Coke notRead the story …

Building Enduring Excellence

Clarks' gift supports new world-class accountancy building

OXFORD, Miss. – Growing up in Jackson, Charles Clark developed a love for Ole Miss football, leading him to enroll at the University of Mississippi, but it was advice from a professor that began his lifelong connection with the Patterson School of Accountancy. “I did well in my accounting classes, and professor H.E. ‘Gene’ Peery,Read the story …

Meredith Scholarship Established on 60th Anniversary of UM Integration

Alumnus creates award to honor civil rights leader, help new generations of students

OXFORD, Miss. – A new scholarship fund honors civil rights hero James Meredith just in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi, a historic achievement that opened the door for thousands of other students. The James H. Meredith Legacy Scholarship Fund was established by UM alumnus Dr.Read the story …

Beating Brain Drain

Gift to CME aims to keep graduates in Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. – With a gift of $62,500 to the University of Mississippi‘s Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, the family of Charles Holder Jr. hopes to keep graduates in the state while also honoring their father. The gift establishes the Charles B. Holder Jr. Scholarship Endowment in honor of Holder, who served as anRead the story …

Bancroft Fund Commits $1 Million to Accountancy Building

Gift continues foundation's support of university, names classroom in new facility

OXFORD, Miss. – A $1 million gift from the Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable & Educational Fund will name a large first-floor classroom in the Patterson School of Accountancy‘s new building at the University of Mississippi. “The Bancroft Charitable Fund has been a longtime supporter of the Patterson School, and I’m a 1969 accountancy graduate,” saidRead the story …

Recruiting Future Economists

Alumni couple's gift benefits UM Department of Economics

OXFORD, Miss. – LeaAnne and Al Williams, of Knoxville, Tennessee, who met at the University of Mississippi, committed to growing an endowment that will help their alma mater recruit students interested in economics. “Our family started at Ole Miss, and we love it,” LeaAnne Williams said. “We want to see it continue to be theRead the story …

Pittman Gift Boosts Grove Scholars

Alumnus helps build program to support underserved students

OXFORD, Miss. – A $1 million private gift to the University of Mississippi is the catalyst that has brought significant changes to Ole Miss Grove Scholars, enabling the program to provide a higher level of service to its students. The Grove Scholars program facilitates academic success and job placement among Mississippi residents seeking degrees relatedRead the story …