STATEMENTS: Giving Back

IMPACTFUL GIFTS

Contributions through the Infinite Impact campaign continue to make a positive difference at Mississippi State. Some of the most recent gifts for areas across MSU include:

$25,000
Longtime members of the Bulldog Club, Ron and Jan Black, have made a commitment of $25,000 in support of new and enhanced facilities for the MSU Baseball Program. A 1980 marketing graduate, Ron Black is immediate past president of MSU’s Alumni Association.

$25,000
Valerie Wooley of Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed $25,000 to the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. The donation was made in memory of her husband, David L. Wooley, who graduated in 1978 with a degree in architecture. This gift will continue their legacy of philanthropy at MSU.

$26,000
Mike and Rhonnie Bellin, currently of Montgomery, Texas, have established the Bellin Family Scholarship for students enrolled in the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering who are active members of the Famous Maroon Band. Rhonnie Bellin graduated from the MSU College of Education in 1983, and Mike Bellin earned a degree from the Bagley College in 1984.

$30,000
The James Robert and Betty Rowe Endowed Scholarship provides financial support to talented and deserving students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The scholarship was created by the Rowes’ six children who were raised on the family’s farm in Monroe County, before each attended MSU and successfully embarked on careers. The scholarship honors the couple’s lifelong commitment to education and agriculture.

$100,000
A scholarship in honor of the late alumnus Thomas R. “Tom” Lawrence of Opelika, Alabama, has been established. The endowment will support the MSU Promise Awards Program, which benefits students from Mississippi families with critical financial need. Lawrence served as a charter board member for Nashville, Tennessee-based Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, which makes the $100,000 scholarship possible along with MSU alumnus Will D. Carpenter and other friends and family.

$100,000
A $100,000 gift from James Marion Robinson and family of Mountain Brook, Alabama, will help strengthen the entrepreneurship program in the College of Business. Additionally, the gift will support priorities in the college’s Department of Marketing, from where Robinson earned his marketing degree in 1987, and for MSU athletics.