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Ole Miss First
University of Mississippi

How to Give

We are extremely grateful to the loyal alumni, friends and corporate partners that have supported the Ole Miss First Scholarship program. Producing capable and productive citizens requires much more than classroom instruction. With your help, Ole Miss First is molding future leaders through mentoring, innovative leadership training and cultural enrichment. We appreciate your consideration and are happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Establish an Ole Miss First Scholarship Fund

A pledge of $25,000, payable in installments of $5,000 over 5 years, will provide for tuition, mentoring and leadership training for one undergraduate student through eight semesters of academic coursework at the University of Mississippi. These named scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based on the student’s high school record of academic excellence, leadership and commitment to service. Additionally, some scholarships are based on financial need, academic major or geographic location.

Establish an Ole Miss First Scholarship Endowment

An endowed scholarship educates students in perpetuity. A contribution of $125,000 from an individual, corporation or foundation can be paid in a lump sum or fulfilled over a period of five years. Scholarships are often named in honor or memory of a person who personifies the Ole Miss First spirit of leadership, scholarship and service.

Plan Your Estate

Consider setting up an endowment for a named Ole Miss First Scholarship Endowment through estate planning with The University of Mississippi Foundation. Those who either fund or plan a deferred gift, such as a bequest or a life income plan, may, if they wish, become members of the 1848 Society. The Ole Miss First Endowed Scholarship would be endowed at the execution of the estate.

Unrestricted Support

Unrestricted gifts- no matter the amount- provide the Ole Miss First program the freedom and flexibility to respond to the program’s greatest needs in a timely manner.

Make Your Impact

To make a contribution to support Ole Miss First, please send your donation to THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI FOUNDATION, 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.

Gifts may also be made online

Your employer (or your spouse’s employer) may double or triple the amount of your gift. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please check our matching gift companies.

For more information on establishing an Ole Miss First Scholarship fund or endowment, please contact Brett Barefoot, Executive Director for Central Development, at the University of Mississippi Foundation by calling 662-915-2711 or emailing