UM students have such positive experiences that soon after entering the professional world, the question comes to mind: How can I give back? Denson Hollis, 32, whose full-time position in the Office of University Development is to secure private funding for the College of Liberal Arts, and his wife, Lauren, felt a deep conviction to repay their alma mater for their exceptional education.
Their answer? The Hollises made a gift of life insurance to create the Denson and Lauren Hollis Family Scholarship Endowment and they encourage other young alumni to consider this easy and affordable way of providing support to the College of Liberal Arts.
“In today’s tough economy, disposable income is challenging,” Denson Hollis said. “There are many ways of supporting the university and College of Liberal Arts and a planned gift offers a very practical way to start committing financial resources.
“Lauren and I found the right fit by naming UM as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy. We’re expecting our first child and want to help strengthen the university for the future generations, including our own children.”
Alumni and friends interested in learning about life insurance gifts can contact the College of Liberal Arts’ development professionals for options and other creative giving ideas. With life insurance and other gifts, the donor directs the program or area of support and can name a fund to honor or memorialize an important person. Those with existing policies simply add the College as a beneficiary. People who plan UM support through life insurance are recognized with 1848 Society membership.
“Anyone who knows me can tell you of my great love for Ole Miss—an affection shared by my whole family,” Denson Hollis said. “I had the great experience of working with my own grandfather, Van Burnham of Clarksdale, before he died to match his interests with needs at UM. It was very meaningful to see the joy he received from making gifts to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Center for Civil War Research and the track program. Ole Miss has always been about family, and giving back is a tradition I want to uphold.”