Scholarship Endowment Honors Family Legacy


Nathan Cummins

Nathan Cummins always knew he wanted to be a Bulldog. With the encouragement of his parents and the help of a private scholarship, he was able to make that dream come true.

Today, Cummins is carrying on that same support and empowering future Bulldog students through the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of his most inspiring mentors, his parents.

“My father graduated from Mississippi State in accounting and I’ve been going to games on campus for at least 30 years. There was never any doubt where I would attend college,” Cummins said.

Born in Jackson and reared in Clinton, Cummins earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the MSU Adkerson School of Accountancy in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Following his parents’ footsteps into the field of accounting, he currently serves as partner of May & Company LLP in Vicksburg.

“Growing up around parents that were accountants, I had plenty of insight into the field,” Cummins said. “They didn’t push me into accounting, but I knew after taking an accounting class in high school that was what I wanted to do.”

Cummins’ father, Rodney, is a 1975 MSU accounting graduate and the owner of CRCCPA PLLC in Clinton. His mother, Debbie, and sister, Stephanie, also earned undergraduate degrees in accounting, both from Mississippi College. Stephanie eventually joined Rodney and Nathan as a fellow Bulldog, earning a masters’ degree from the Adkerson School in 2005.

“My parents have always put their children’s education and success in the forefront,” Cummins said. “They knew its importance and where it could lead us in life.”

While pursuing his Master of Taxation   at MSU, Cummins received private support for a graduate assistantship from the J. H. Kennedy Jr. Endowed Scholarship. In fulfilling the assistantship by working part time in the accounting department in addition to his studies, he was able to engage with valuable contacts, one of which eventually led to his connection to and sequential career with May & Company.

“Growing up around parents that were accountants, I had plenty of insight into the field. They didn’t push me into accounting, but I knew after taking an accounting class in high school that was what I wanted to do.” ~ Nathan Cummins

Along with professional preparedness and financial support, this award also gave Cummins a firsthand understanding of the impact such investments can have on a student’s academic experience. Upholding the value of education, first taught to him by his parents, Cummins recently chose to extend similar support through the creation of the Cummins Family Endowed Scholarship.

“I know that not everyone is as fortunate as I was growing up,” Cummins said. “I want to offer what support I can so that every student can have a chance to be successful, and to hopefully make a difference in someone’s life.”

The Cummins Family Endowed Scholarship will assist full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Adkerson School of Accountancy. Candidates for the award must have demonstrated academic achievement with a minimum 3.0 GPA, leadership ability and financial need.

“My parents valued my education and always encouraged me to do the best that I could,” Cummins said. “I wanted to give back to Mississippi State but I also wanted to honor them and all they did for me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and support.”

For nearly a decade, Cummins has contributed consecutive annual gifts to various areas across the university, including the College of Business, Adkerson School of Accountancy, Jack and Mavis Cristil Scholarship Fund, and athletics, among others. As an endowment, his most recent gift will provide perpetual support for future generations at Mississippi State.

“It’s no secret that I’m a proud Bulldog. I’ve always wanted to create something permanent and leave a lasting legacy for my family at Mississippi State,” Cummins said. “I give back to MSU to make sure it continues to maintain the level of excellence it has already achieved.”

For more information on creating an endowed scholarship in the Adkerson School, contact Zack Harrington, director of development for the College of Business, at 662.325.3431 or at zharrington@foundation.msstate.edu.

By Addie Mayfield