HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (WLBT) — A Ridgeland-based organization recently pledged more than $9.6 million to the University of Southern Mississippi.
According to the press release, the Luckyday Foundation has been a loyal supporter of USM for more than 20 years. The pledge will go through the USM Foundation to support the University’s Luckyday Scholars program.
To date, the foundation has provided significant financial and programmatic support, reaching more than 2,200 students, making it USM’s most generous benefactor.
“The Luckyday Foundation has left an indelible impact on the University and the communities it serves,” said Stace Mercier, Executive Director of the USM Foundation. “Thousands of Southern Miss Luckyday Scholars have been forever changed through the program’s focus on scholarship, community, service and leadership. We are sincerely grateful to the Luckyday Foundation for their trust, partnership and transformative philanthropy.
Founded by the late Jackson native Frank Rogers Day, the release said the Luckyday Foundation funds scholarships for Mississippi high school students who are “exemplary students and who demonstrate strong leadership skills and community involvement with leadership programs at USM, University of Mississippi, and Mississippi State. University.”
Luckyday scholars continue to perform in class, with a GPA of 3.6.
“This achievement illustrates that financial support aligned with student engagement and meaningful service can lead to exceptional rates of academic achievement and, ultimately, graduation and career success.” , the statement said.
“We are very grateful to play an important role in the Luckyday Foundation’s mission to create a community of scholars who aspire to servant leadership,” said Dr. Larry Sparkman, program director. “Through donations and the work of the Luckyday Foundation at Southern Miss, engaged students in Mississippi can attend Southern Miss and receive resources and opportunities to help them thrive as students and engaged citizens during their university experience. The Luckyday Foundation has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of students through their loyal giving and programmatic investments in Southern Miss.
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