University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy Alumni & Giving

Funding Priorities


You may wonder how you can best impact the current and future needs of the School of Pharmacy.  In 2008 the school embarked on its first capital campaign in its then 100-year history, the "Promises to Keep" campaign.  The campaign garnered private donations from alumni, corporations, and friends, as well as funding through state and federal agencies in order to accomplish three distinct goals.  First, to meet the needs of students and faculty and to comply with the accreditation standards for facilities, we resolved to construct an education and research building for our students, faculty, and staff on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.  Equally as important, we sought to bolster our support for students and faculty through the establishment of new endowed scholarships, fellowships, and faculty support funds.

The campaign was a great success raising more than $10 million through private gifts and agency grants.  New scholarships and fellowship endowments and two new professorships have been established, and a 29,500 sq. ft. building is under construction on the medical center campus. However, these three areas- capital improvements, student and faculty support- remain top funding priorities for the School of Pharmacy.

Capital Improvements

To keep pace with the rapidly changing demands within the pharmacy profession, the School of Pharmacy constantly monitors and addresses technological capabilities within the classrooms and lab space.  Additionally, the size of our facilities literally dictates the number of students we can accept, therefore, affecting the size of our professional program.  Through renovations, new construction, technological upgrades and lab improvements we strive to provide the best learning environment for our students.

Naming opportunities are a wonderful way to publicly show your support or recognize a loved one and are available through a large range of sponsorship levels.  Additionally, in kind donations of software or equipment are welcome for consideration.

Faculty Support

Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Dr. David J. McCaffrey, Professor in Pharmacy Administration, was honored with the Dean's Advisory Committee Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award.

Dedicated professors define the School of Pharmacy's academic reputation. The influence our faculty wields is indisputable and invaluable.  They not only share their vast knowledge with students, they fuel a love of learning, expand knowledge and provide compassionate patient care.

An investment in faculty is an investment in our students and subsequently our academic reputation. Only by recruiting and retaining top faculty are we able to recruit and retain the brightest students. We ask you to consider a gift to support our talented and deserving faculty. 

Tax-deductible gifts of all sizes are appreciated, and unlimited opportunities are available to invest in the teaching and research of faculty.  Some naming opportunities include endowments at the following levels:

  • Chair- $1.5 million+
  • Scholar- $1-$1.49 million
  • Professorship- $500,000-$999,000
  • Lectureship- $250,000-$499,000
  • Distinguished Teaching Scholar- $100,000-$249,000
  • Excellence in Teaching Endowments- $25,000 and above

Student Support

Ainsworth Scholarship Presentation
Sarah (left) and Jim Ainsworth of Hernando meet the first recipients of the scholarship they created in their names: Laura Luther of Hattiesburg (second from left) and Katie Sims of Athens, Ala.

An investment in today‚Äôs student will yield great returns for the pharmacy profession and the health of our communities.  Nearly 80% of 2010 graduates utilized a federal loan at some point during their academic career, and the average total debt for the 2010 graduating class was $47,417. Click here for an estimated cost of attendance.

Competitive scholarship support attracts promising students and diminishes the financial constraints many students face.  Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or a combination of both. Donors help to establish the criteria for their fund. Endowed scholarship funds are named and provide recognition in perpetuity for the donor or a designated honoree. 

The School of Pharmacy has a critical need for graduate student support or fellowships. Ole Miss lags behind sister institutions in its ability to provide ample graduate support. Yet these higher cost students are essential to the schools ability to maintain its reputation as a cutting edge research institution.

Annual gifts of any amount may be directed to the general faculty support fund or designated to a specific unit or department. 

For more information on how you can support your School of Pharmacy, please contact Raina McClure, Director of Development, at 800-340-9542.