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2001 Scholars

There are seven bright new faces at The University of Mississippi—the first bloom in the garden planted by the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy.

The Women’s Council was created in 2000 to attract funds for scholarships by tapping into the greater participation
of women in their financial lives.

 In 2001, having raised more than $2.2 million and climbing, it is providing these seven council scholars and those to come with programs that will guide them in their future careers and help with life skills.

“Our scholars have shown a predisposition to serve society as leaders,” said Ellen Rolfes, UM major gifts officer and a council founding member. “If we can give them the training like corporate America is getting, with mentors to guide them on their careers and service paths, we will equip them
to shape society.”

Rolfes said she expects scholars to have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to shadow a servant leader, to go abroad to gain more leadership experience, and ultimately to return to their hometowns to create model programs of servant leadership.

For additional information about the Women’s Council scholars program, call the UM Foundation at (662) 915-5944 or (800) 340-9542 or visit its Web site at


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