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Scholarship Initiative: Alumnus Honored for Public Service

The Brad Dye Public Service Scholarship Program will provide financial support for University of Mississippi students to engage in service-learning opportunities and public service. Duncan-Williams Inc., an investment banking firm in Memphis, has committed the first contribution toward the scholarship endowment.

“The scholarship is to be given in Brad Dye’s name to honor his career in public service to his community, state and nation,” said Richard Forgette, chair and professor of political science. “A UM graduate, Mr. Dye served as lieutenant governor of Mississippi for three terms. He is the only person in state history to hold that position for 12 consecutive years.”

Duncan-Williams has established itself as a leader in public service for the Mid-South and beyond.

“Our leadership team and associates are actively involved in the issues that matter, because these are our communities,” said Gary Lendermon, vice president of marketing and communications. “The team at Duncan-Williams believes in active leadership, participation and financial support of the causes and organizations that impact our cities and our profession.”

The Dye Scholarship Program was announced at a fall 2009 reception attended by some of Mississippi’s current and former top public servants, including Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott.