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Several members of the Ole Miss First Scholarship program visit the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Mississippi. Among those participating in the field trip are (from left) Daniel Reed, OMF graduate assistant, Benjamin Saulsberry, museum director of the Interpretive Center, six OMF scholars – Edward Puckett, Haley Morgan, John Michael Walker, Katie Davis, Sarah Amitin and Francesca Patawaran – and Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center.

Ole Miss First—It’s a Family Matter

Program Aims to Provide Scholarships for Deserving Students May 12, 2021 By Jonathan Scott Family. It’s the one word that best describes the Ole Miss First Scholarship (OMF) program. That was also the word that kept returning to the mind of Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat 20 years ago when he proposed establishing a new scholarship […]


Susan and Joe Sentef

Generous Donations Smash Record During Ole Miss Giving Day 2021

University family gives $2.485 million to soar past fundraising goals April 15, 2021 by Tina H. Hahn When the last online donation was made this week for Giving Day 2021, University of Mississippi faithful had shattered the fundraising record for the annual event. This year, Ole Miss alumni, students, parents, alumni, friends, faculty and staff […]


Robert and Margaret Khayat attended many events together, including the dedication of the Robert C. Khayat Law Center. Below: Margaret Khayat on her wedding day.

Honoring Former First Lady Margaret Khayat

Members of UM Family Recall Her ‘Pivotal Impact’ on Ole Miss March 10, 2021 by Jonathan Scott Margaret Mason Denton Khayat’s generous life and many years of support for the University of Mississippi are being celebrated by the Ole Miss family. Khayat, the former first lady of Ole Miss, passed away Feb. 22. Her husband, […]


Pictured in 2019, Melissa Bass (right), associate professor of public policy leadership, instructs Lott Institute students (from left) Katherine Sistrunk, Tristin Young, Kynnedi Taylor-Henry and Yasmine Brown. Below: Members of the Green family are (from left) Mary Bea, John, Kate, Jack and Henry.

Investing in Students

Greens’ Gift Supports UM Public Policy Majors in Lott Leadership Institute FEBRUARY 22, 2021 BY BILL DABNEY University of Mississippi alumni Kate and John Green, who’ve worked in some of the nation’s highest political offices, hope a scholarship they established will give Mississippi students a similar experience. The Kate and John Green Scholarship Endowment will […]


Elizabeth McDowell, a mathematics major from Hattiesburg, hopes to attend law school this fall after graduating from Ole Miss. She says the God at the Speed of Light Scholarship created by Dr. T. Lee Baumann made it possible for her to afford college. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Power of Continued Support

Commitment to Growing Endowment Benefits Mississippi Students January 25, 2021 by Mary Stanton Knight Years after earning medical certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics and medical management, Dr. T. Lee Baumann turned his years of quantum physics notes into the best-selling book God at the Speed of Light, with profits impacting many University of Mississippi students. […]


Honorees (from left) Vaughn Grisham and John Winkle are pictured at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College with Dean Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez.

A Gift that Honors

UM Endowment Pays Tribute to Former Faculty Members December 23, 2020 by Bill Dabney A $100,000 gift to the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC) pays tribute to two former University of Mississippi faculty members — one for his innovative approach to instruction and the other for his impact on the donor’s education and career […]


Tucker Carrington and Sara Turner visit the Humboldt State University campus in Arcata, California. Below are Sara Turner as a senior at Ole Miss and scholarship recipient Terrence Hunter.

Ensuring Justice for All

UM Class of ’47 Alum Creates Fund to Assist Law Students So They Can Assist Others December 3, 2020 By Jonathan Scott From the vantage point of her 94 years, Sara Myers Turner, a member of the University of Mississippi Class of 1947, witnessed much of our state and nation’s history unfold, some of it […]


Mark Frezzo

Support the Sociology of Human Rights at the University of Mississippi

NOVEMBER 16, 2020 BY THE OLE MISS FUND STAFF For almost a decade, Mark Frezzo taught University of Mississippi students something he cared about deeply: social justice and the sociology of human rights. With your help, the Mark V. Frezzo Human Rights and Social Justice Scholarship will honor his memory and continue his legacy of […]


Peter Askew, a University of Mississippi alumnus and William Faulkner fan, provided Rowan Oak, the internationally recognized Oxford, Mississippi, home of the Nobel Prize-winning author, a more visible corner of cyberspace thanks to his gift of the rowanoak.com domain name to UM.

Rowan Oak Gets New Digital Address, Website

UM Alum Gives Faulkner’s Famous Home Popular Domain Name NOVEMBER 12, 2020 BY JONATHAN SCOTT Rowan Oak – the internationally recognized home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner – has quietly moved to a far more popular and easily accessible piece of digital real estate with a new address: rowanoak.com. The relocation of this celebrated […]


A gift from the Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation will help provide laboratory facilities in the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation at the University of Mississippi. One of the laboratories will be named for Kelly Gene Cook Sr.

Supporting STEM

Cook Foundation Designates Major Gift to New UM Building NOVEMBER 4, 2020 BY BILL DABNEY The Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation, a longtime supporter of the University of Mississippi, has pledged $250,000 to the construction of a state-of-the-art facility on the Oxford campus dedicated to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The […]