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UM Alumnus Awards Scholarships to Appreciate Band, Honor His Mother

University of Mississippi alumnus Jimmy Carr of Oxford, Mississippi, second from left, greets the recipients of two scholarships he and his wife, Amanda, established to help students achieve their educational goals. Tyler Weaver, left, and Xakylan Johnson, right, both of Oxford, are the recipients of the Jimmy Carr State Farm Scholarship while Michelle Terracina of Greenville, Mississippi, received the Judy Carr Scholarship, established in honor of Carr’s mother.

The Jimmy Carr State Farm Scholarship, created with the help of the State Farm Companies Foundation’s Good Neighbor Grant and Matching Gift Program, is awarded to graduates of Oxford High School (Johnson) and Lafayette High School (Weaver) with first preference going to students who will be joining the Ole Miss Pride of the South band; the Judy Carr Scholarship is awarded to a graduate of St. Josephs High School in Greenville (Terracina).

Johnson, who plays the saxophone in the band, is a freshman computer science major. He hopes to use his degree to work for Google or Apple.

Terracina is a freshman nutrition major who plans to become a physician’s assistant in the field of dermatology.

Weaver, who plays the French horn in the band, is a freshman biology science education major. He hopes to become a teacher and ultimately a school superintendent.

The university’s current goal is to build a $2 million endowment to support band scholarships.

Gifts of all sizes combine to provide band scholarships. Individuals and organizations can make gifts to the University Marching Band Scholarship Fund by sending a check with the fund noted in the memo line to the University of Mississippi Foundation, 406 University Ave., Oxford, Miss. 38655; or by visiting For more information, contact Ron Wilson, development director, at or 662-915-1755.


Online gifts for the 2024 calendar year should be made no later than noon on December 31, 2024.  Checks by mail will need to be postmarked by December 31 to be counted in the 2024 calendar year.