You Can Still Give!
Thank you so much for your generous donations! You can still honor Fenton, and even though our online project has ended we will still gladly accept donations to our fund. Please visit: www.umfoundation.com/lovefenton
We have passed our goal of $60,580, but we cannot stop there! We have decided to extend our goal to $80,000! At this level, we will be able to provide a scholarship to a third student. During the LSU game, the Oxford Papa John’s franchise has generously offered to donate a portion of the pizzas sold in Vaught Hemingway Stadium to Fenton’s scholarship. With this in mind, we have decided to extend the project until 11:59 pm on the 21st of November. Help us reach our goal of $80,000 by spreading the word on social media! #LoveFenton
“In honor of Fenton, please love one another.”
That was the poignant appeal found in the last line of the obituary for University of Mississippi senior John Fenton Kottkamp. His dad, Stephen Kottkamp of Louisville, Kentucky, added the request because he said his son had a "huge heart with great love for his family and friends." Fenton also developed tremendous love and enthusiasm for the University of Mississippi -- affectionately called Ole Miss -- the Patterson School of Accountancy and the Oxford-University community.
Winning Smile, Kind Spirit
Fenton passed away following an accident February 25, 2015. Born in Louisville on September 29, 1992, he would have marked his 23rd birthday this month. The outgoing, welcoming, funny, kind, adventuresome and loving young man was a graduate of Anchorage Public School and DuPont Manual High School and a member of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Louisville. Additionally, Fenton was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and was an avid, avid Ole Miss Rebel and Louisville Cardinal fan.
Fenton was poised to graduate from Ole Miss this past May and would have begun pursuing a master's degree in accountancy. During commencement exercises Mark Wilder, dean of the Patterson School of Accountancy, presented his Ole Miss diploma to Jane and Stephen Kottkamp. It was a touching moment for the family and for Fenton’s classmates.
Ole Miss, The Best Years
Fenton and his twin brother, Rush, came to Ole Miss and the Accountancy School together, and what they found was far more than they anticipated. Rush said, “Ole Miss gave us the best four years anyone could have wanted. Fenton loved everything about Ole Miss and Oxford. He loved every single sporting event. No matter what time the football game started, Fenton was in the Grove as early as possible.”
Their dad said, “Ole Miss became our happy place. As Rush said to Jane on the way home from Fenton’s visitation, ‘Fenton and I caught lightning in a bottle when we chose Ole Miss.’ Fenton and Rush hit their stride in the Ole Miss environment; they blossomed and excelled. Our family will strive to make Ole Miss our happy place again.” Younger brother Harrison has now made Ole Miss his college home, also.
Archie Manning, Papa John's Schnatter Families
Kottkamps' friends John and Annette Schnatter -- CEO and founder of Papa John’s -- teamed up with Archie and Olivia Manning -- Ole Miss alumni and the "First Family of Football" -- to create a scholarship endowment to pay tribute to Fenton's life. The Fenton Kottkamp Memorial Scholarship will benefit accountancy and business students.
“Working with Ole Miss alumnus Archie Manning to create the Fenton Kottkamp Memorial Scholarship Endowment was a way for my family and other donors to honor Fenton’s memory and highlight for the Kottkamp family how much affection and respect we hold for their son," John Schnatter said. Both Fenton and Rush had interned with Papa John's.
Manning agreed, adding, “Our hearts continue to be with the Kottkamp family. ... We hope others will join us in remembering this extraordinary young man by helping build this scholarship endowment to help others experience Ole Miss in Fenton’s name.”
Hotty Toddy! We Love You, Fenton!
Fenton is greatly missed by everyone that knew him, but the Ole Miss Family will continue to celebrate his wonderful spirit. His family members agree that he would have been pleased to have his name on a scholarship, enabling his name to be forever linked with the university he loved. His mom, Jane Kottkamp, said Fenton's deep enjoyment of the University community stemmed from the fact that he was all about family and so is Ole Miss.
"Ole Miss is the place where you develop lifelong friends – not just the students but also among parents of students. We hope Fenton’s scholarship will make it possible for other young people to go to Ole Miss and also for them to be a part of this great tradition of developing great lasting friendships,” she said.
Please Join and Share the Campaign
Fenton will always be a beloved member of the Ole Miss family and we ask that you please help us in building his scholarship. Our goal is to raise $60,580 --- a dollar for every seat in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. You can also become an ambassador of Fenton's campaign by sharing this page via email and on social media! Be on the lookout for #LoveFenton stickers in the Grove. Friends can use their mobile devices to scan the QR Code on your sticker and it will open this page so they can donate. Hotty Toddy and #LoveFenton!