Wesley and Christy Walls Establish Engineering Scholarship

Couple gives to assist student-athletes pursuing engineering degrees

Wesley Walls

The Wesley and Christy Walls Endowed Scholarship is now available to engineering students at the University of Mississippi. The scholarship is geared toward high-achieving students who played sports during their high school years.

Wesley Walls, who graduated from Ole Miss in 1991 with a degree in general engineering, is a legendary Rebel football player who excelled in the classroom in one of the most demanding fields of study.

“The School of Engineering thanks Mr. and Mrs. Walls for directing their scholarship to support student-athletes who pursue engineering,” said Dean Dave Puleo. “The drive, focus and time-management skills needed to balance participation in athletics while excelling academically serve graduates well in their post-collegiate careers.

“In particular, Wesley’s career shows how an Ole Miss engineering education prepares students for many paths.”

At Ole Miss, Walls compiled a 3.41 grade-point average in general engineering and earned Academic All-America honors, as well as being named a three-time Academic All-SEC pick. He was named to the University of Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He also received the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

After 14 NFL seasons, the five-time Pro Bowler retired following the 2004 season with the Green Bay Packers. Walls finished his career with 450 catches for 5,291 yards and 54 touchdowns. Upon his retirement, he was considered one of the premier tight ends in the game.

Today, he works in real estate as a developer, using the degree he received from Ole Miss.

For those interested in establishing an engineering scholarship, please contact Greg Carter at 662-915-1849 or gjcarter@olemiss.edu.