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Family Seeds B. Stirling Tighe Memorial Scholarship with $100,000

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi business alumnus has donated $100,000 to his alma mater to create the B. Stirling Tighe Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Bowman "Bo" Stirling Tighe Jr. and his wife, Sylvia, of Ridgeland created the scholarship in memory of Bo’s father, who also was an Ole Miss alumnus. "My father loved Ole…

Six Freshmen Receive $40,000 Lott Leadership Scholarships

OXFORD, Miss. – Since its founding in 1848, the University of Mississippi has nurtured state and national leaders, and that tradition continues including special training opportunities through the Trent Lott Leadership Institute. Six freshmen have entered UM this fall as recipients of $40,000 Lott Leadership Scholarships, which includes association with the institute. The exceptional students…

Honors College Grants Scholarships to 14 Outstanding Freshmen

OXFORD, Miss. – Eleven students from Mississippi, two from Louisiana and one from the Ukraine have entered the University of Mississippi this fall on prestigious scholarships to the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. The McDonnell Barksdale Honors Scholarships, Donald S. Pichitino Scholarships and Harold Parker Memorial Scholarships, at $32,000 each, are attracting top-notch students to…

Madison Resident Lands Prestigious Day Scholarship to Study Business

OXFORD, Miss. – Russell Cartledge Adams of Madison has been awarded the $40,000 Christine and Clarence Day Scholarship to nurture his entrepreneurial spirit at the University of Mississippi. A freshman in the School of Business Administration, Adams plans to hone his business skills that he began developing as a teenager. A native of Mandeville, La.,…

Two Mississippi Companies Support UM’s School of Engineering

OXFORD, Miss. – Two of Mississippi’s largest companies, Cellular South and Ergon Inc., have made generous contributions to the University of Mississippi School of Engineering. Both companies were founded by UM graduates. Wireless provider Cellular South has pledged $150,000 for the Cellular South Distance Learning Lab in the Old Chemistry building, and petroleum refiner Ergon…

Oxford Couple Establishes Theatre Arts Scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – Dinah Leavitt Swan and her husband, Terry Swan, have established the first scholarship endowment of its kind for theatre students at the University of Mississippi.         With a donation of $25,000, the Oxford couple established the Patricia Tarr Leavitt Scholarship, named in memory of Dinah’s mother. The scholarship is to be awarded…

Lauded Mississippi Teacher Honored by Husband

Barbara Arnold left the classroom after more than two decades of working with high school students in physics and chemistry, but she never left teaching. Across the years the volunteer tutor has continued to teach, helping many high school and college students gain a better grasp of physics and chemistry. Admiration for his wife’s dedication…

Greenwood Native Hired as Development Officer for Parents Programs

Josh Whelan, a University of Mississippi graduate, has taken a position as a development officer in the university’s Office of Development. The Greenwood native is responsible for attracting financial support from Ole Miss parents for various campus initiatives. "We are so thrilled to have Josh as the newest member of our team," said Ted Smith,…

Ole Miss Alum Gives Children the Gift of Philanthropy

Jane Carter Thomas of Greenwood is providing her children the opportunity to mentor some of the University of Mississippi’s most involved students. Thomas has established two Ole Miss First scholarship endowments named for her children, A. Carter Thomas and W. Preston Thomas Jr. Thomas was motivated by the uniqueness of the Ole Miss First Scholars…