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Donald Cole Catalyst for Change Scholarship

Both Dr. Donald Cole and his wife Marcia earned multiple degrees, held leadership roles, and taught at the University of Mississippi. Their children Donald II, William, and Mariah all attended UM.

Both Dr. Donald Cole (left) and his wife Marcia (right) earned multiple degrees, held leadership roles, and taught at the University of Mississippi. Their children Donald II, William, and Mariah all attended UM.

The Donald Cole Catalyst for Change Scholarship is for African American Studies majors who exhibit leadership qualities, a spirit of service, and academic excellence.

Donald Cole’s history of service and leadership at the University of Mississippi spans 50 years. He was a student activist in the 1970s, a doctoral student in the 1980s, and a professor and top administrator from the 1990s through his retirement in January 2019. In that time, he influenced generations of students and faculty.


Elmo Howell Scholarship

The Elmo Howell Scholarship provides funds for full-time College students from Itawamba County who have financial need and an academic interest in Southern history or Southern literature, which may includes majors in African American Studies, English, history, and Southern Studies. Students do not apply for this scholarship.

Elmo Howell (1918-2013) earned his BA in English from the University of Mississippi, then went on to earn his MA and PhD in English from the University of Florida.  He taught English for two years at Jacksonville State College and then for 26 years at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis).  He wrote scholarly articles, particularly on the interconnections between literature and Southern culture, travel guides to Mississippi, and collections of poetry.


Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship

The Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship is for exceptional African American Studies majors nominated by faculty. Preference is given to residents of one of the following Mississippi Delta Counties: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, or Yazoo. Second preference will be given to students majoring in African American Studies who are residents of the state of Mississippi. Third preference will be given to any student majoring in African American Studies whose resume reflects leadership and/or public service activities.

This scholarship was awarded by an anonymous donor in honor of the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi Delta native and civil rights hero. Hamer co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and was a dedicated changemaker, fighting for voting equality and women’s rights. The donor hopes that students who are awarded this scholarship will work towards extraordinary goals while honoring Hamer’s legacy.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship Endowment is open to support from businesses and individuals. Gifts can be made to the endowment fund by sending a check to the University of Mississippi Foundation, with the fund’s name noted on the memo line, to 406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655 or by visiting the University of Mississippi’s Development Page.


For more information on ways to support the African American Studies program, contact Rob Jolly, managing director of development for College of Liberal Arts, at jolly@olemiss.edu or 662-915-3085.