Edith Kelly-Green Makes Planned Gift to Endow Three UM Scholarships

OXFORD, Miss. – Perseverance is a quality Edith Kelly-Green has used in building her life, and one that she wants to reward in others. She has committed a deferred gift of $375,000 to endow three new University of Mississippi scholarships to help young people – particularly those who may have overcome adversity – seek college degrees.


UM alumna Edith Kelly-Green (center), joined by her daughter, Jayna Kelly, is recognized by UM Chancellor Dan Jones for membership in the 1848 Society. Kelly-Green has committed a deferred gift of $375,000 to fund three scholarships, adding to one she has already funded for accountancy students. UM photo by Kevin Bain.

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Major Gift to University Museum Reflects Late Couple’s Enjoyment of Culture, History

OXFORD, Miss. – Lt. Col. James Prentiss Hooper traveled the globe on secret intelligence missions for the U.S. Army, and his wife, Louise Frazier Hooper, accompanied him to many foreign countries. Their appreciation for diverse cultures and history, as well as their devotion to the University of Mississippi, has resulted in a major gift from the late couple’s estate to the University Museum and Historic Houses.


Through an estate gift, the late Prentiss and Louise Hooper of Oxford have provided support to the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses. The University Foundation has placed their gift in a permanent endowment, and interest from the fund will be used to expand museum exhibits, programming and events.

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Former 1959 Ole Miss Football Co-Captain Ken Kirk Leaves Estate Gift to Alma Mater

OXFORD, Miss. – The late Ken Kirk was a formidable force on the legendary 1959 University of Mississippi national championship football team as a player and co-captain, and he never forgot his experiences or teammates. Through an estate gift of more than $726,000 to the football program, he has secured student-athlete opportunities for other young men. Ken_Kirk

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NY Giants Quarterback, Wife Give $1 Million to Support Need-based Scholarships at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and his wife, Abby, are ensuring some of Mississippi’s neediest students are able to pursue college degrees at the University of Mississippi. They have announced a $1 million gift to Ole Miss Opportunity, a need-based scholarship program.


Eli and Abby Manning (from left) visit with University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. The Mannings are giving $1 million to their alma mater to create an endowment for Ole Miss Opportunity, a need-based scholarship fund for Mississippians. UM photo by Nathan Latil.

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Renowned Philanthropist Creates Gilder-Jordan Speaker Series at UM

Series will bring celebrated scholars to campus for lectures, student interaction

OXFORD, Miss. – Thanks to a $200,000 gift from a National Humanities Medal winner, the names of two visionaries in the study, teaching and preservation of American history grace a new University of Mississippi lecture series.


Dan Jordan (from left), former president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and his wife, Lou, visit Monticello with Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder. The Gilder-Jordan Speaker Series in Southern Cultural History has been created at the University of Mississippi by Gilder to honor his friends and UM alumni, the Jordans, as well as his own family. Photo courtesy of Monticello.

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Phil Hardin Foundation Establishes Archie McDonnell Teacher Corps Fellows Endowment at University

OXFORD, Miss. – As a war pilot, bank president and treasurer of the board of directors of the Phil Hardin Foundation, Archie McDonnell has demonstrated a lifelong interest in the education of Mississippians. Archie-McDonnell-a

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Haskins Family, Kappa Delta Sorority Create Scholarship to Memorialize Student

OXFORD, Miss. – From her Kappa Delta sorority sisters at the University of Mississippi and the young people she worked with at Camp Sunshine in Pike County to her own family members, the late Susan Haskins was known for her caring spirit. To carry forward that spirit, her parents, Don and Barri Haskins of Fernwood, and the sorority have created a scholarship as a lasting tribute to her life.


Don Haskins (center) of Fernwood visits with Jim Taylor (from left), Teresa Carithers, Haley Huerta, Laura Katherine Henderson, Marcia Cole and Candis Varnell about the new Susan Christena Haskins Memorial Scholarship Endowment that will provide scholarships to hospitality management majors at the University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences. Taylor, Carithers, Cole and Varnell represent the school, and Huerta and Henderson are members of Kappa Delta sorority. The scholarship is funded by Haskins and his wife, Barri, and the sorority. UM photo by Kevin Bain.

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Longtime Supporter Makes New Gift to Ensure Excellence in Academics and Athletics

OXFORD, Miss. – Since Bill F. Cossar retired from Entergy seven years ago, he “makes every event” at the University of Mississippi. Although those events are mostly sports-related, Cossar recently made the 40-mile trip from his Charleston ranch to formalize a $125,000 donation to his alma mater.


Chancellor Dan Jones (left) and UM Foundation President and CEO Wendell Weakley (right) present alumnus Bill F. Cossar of Charleston with a certificate for his ongoing commitment to support scholarships and athletics programs. UM photo by Kevin Bain.

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Funds Enhance Napier Scholarship Honoring Couple Dedicated to ‘Academic Excellence’

OXFORD, Miss. – No disrespect to Thomas Wolfe, but John H. Napier III, a 1949 University of Mississippi history graduate, has irrefutable evidence that you can, in fact, go home again.

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Attorney Boyce Holleman Remembered By Sons with $100,000 Gift to Law School

OXFORD, Miss. – The late attorney Jesse Boyce Holleman of Gulfport once said that his career had been on the “courtroom floor.” Although his work as a five-term district attorney and later as a criminal defense attorney were legendary, his family remembers him for his willingness to help people in need.


Dean Holleman (left) and brother Tim Holleman (right) are pictured with their father, that late Boyce Holleman.

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