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Mississippi Couple Establishes Ole Miss First Scholarship

To show their continued support and give back to their alma mater, Lori and Robert “Butch” White of Aberdeen have established a scholarship for deserving students at the University of Mississippi. The couple recently seeded the White Family Ole Miss First Scholarship with a $25,000 pledge. The Whites specified the scholarship be awarded to a…

Liberto Creates Lasting Tribute to Mom’s Belief in Education

Maureen Liberto remembers pursuing a demanding doctoral program while juggling a family and a career. When she thought of dropping the program, her mom gave the encouragement Liberto needed. “I remember specifically thinking that I couldn’t finish a doctorate with teenagers and everything else,” says Liberto of Oxford. “My mom said, ‘Maureen, you will be…

FedEx EVP, UM Alum Pledges $500,000 to His Alma Mater

Ole Miss alumnus Mike Glenn knows that without private support the University of Mississippi wouldn’t be enjoying the success that it is today. That’s why Glenn, who is FedEx executive vice president of market development and CEO of FedEx Services, and his wife, Donna, have pledged $500,000 to the University of Mississippi. “Mike and Donna…

92 Luckyday Scholars Among UM’s Spring Graduates

Largely due to one man’s commitment nearly three decades ago, 92 scholars from around the state were among the University of Mississippi’s more than 2,100 candidates for graduation at spring commencement. The students completed their undergraduate education as recipients of Luckyday Scholarships. UM Provost Carolyn Staton said accomplishing the task may not have been possible…

Jackson Business Leader Provides Scholarship for Baldwyn High School Grad

OXFORD, Miss. – For the second consecutive year, a graduate of Baldwyn High School plans to enroll this fall at the University of Mississippi on a full-tuition scholarship thanks to Jackson real estate entrepreneur Larry Johnson. Alia Hodnett, a recent BHS honors graduate, has received the Landmark Foundation Ole Miss First Scholarship. Last year, Karrye…

Shannon Woodward Hired as Development Officer for School of Business Administration

OXFORD, Miss. – Shannon Woodward, a native of Itawamba County, has joined the University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration as development officer. She is responsible for securing financial support benefiting the school. "Shannon is a great addition to the university," said Debbie Vaughn, executive director of university development. "Her background in business and fundraising…

Library Welcomes New Development Officer

Michael Upton has joined The University of Mississippi as a development officer for the University Libraries. A Tupelo native and Ole Miss alum, Upton is responsible for securing financial support benefiting the university libraries. “Michael’s professional experience and his experience both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student here at the university have given…

Alum Honors Husband and Son with Ole Miss First Scholarship

A retired school teacher, Louise Godwin of Tupelo knows the importance of a good education. That, along with love for her alma mater, is why she chose to donate $25,000 to the Ole Miss First Scholars program. "I attended the University of Mississippi and I have strong feelings for the school," Godwin said. "I think…

Honors College Students Get Support for Out-of-the-Ordinary Experiences

Two students in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi have been selected to receive Barksdale Awards, previously known as Extraordinary Student Awards. Miriam "Mimi" Abadie of Hattiesburg and Mary Margaret Peterson of Olive Branch were presented the awards at Honors Day. The $5,000 award supports creative, courageous projects proposed by…