Each year, the student body elects two outstanding students as Mr. and Miss Ole Miss to represent the University of Mississippi. In addition to the recognition at halftime of the Homecoming game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the two are charged with establishing a philanthropy.
In concert with each other and the core values of the university, Mr. and Miss Ole Miss 2021, Ian Pigg and Madison Gordon, are creating a scholarship fund for first-generation college students to make sure that everyone can have the resources to attend Ole Miss.
To succeed, Ian and Madison need your help! Your gifts will make a real, life-changing impact on first-generation college students and the state of Mississippi for years to come.
In 2019, students established the First-Generation Student Network to offer support and encouragement to their fellow first-generation college students at Ole Miss. In just two years, that network has grown to host a celebration week in October with speakers from across the university’s administration. The network boasts more than 80 members, including Mr. Ole Miss Ian Pigg.
This scholarship established by Mr. and Miss Ole Miss is the next step in making UM more welcoming to first-generation students.
“First-generation college students are dreamers — they aspire to new heights and overcome several unique obstacles on the path to higher education,” said First-Generation Student Network President Andy Flores. “That can be incredibly difficult, given limited financial and social resources. This scholarship is a wonderful way to empower first-generation college students, their ability to succeed in the face of obstacles, and the value they bring to our campus.”
Help Ian and Madison meet their goal of giving back and be a part of something larger than any one person. Consider giving to the First-Gen Fund today!
The First-Generation Students Network and Center for Student Success and First Year Experience's StudentsFIRST program held a weeklong celebration of first-generation students in November.